San Diego Travel Guide

San Diego is a city located in the southwestern corner of the state of California and the southwestern corner of the continental United States. It is the county seat of San Diego County, California. It has a population of 1,305,736.

San Diego is noted for its temperate climate and numerous beaches. With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, San Diego is known as one important tourist destinations.

This city is the second largest in California and the seventh largest in the United States. The city's borders are very irregularly shaped because of the absorption of many suburbs into the city limits. Additionally, the numerous canyons that run through the city create natural boundaries and obstacles to development.

San Diego has trolley (LRT), bus, Coaster, and Amtrak service. However, these systems serve limited routes and schedules; the vast majority of transportation in San Diego is by private automobile. San Diego includes a comprehensive collection of freeways, highways, major arterial roads, and streets that forms circles around the interior and outlying areas in the county.

Owing to its privileged position on the Pacific Ocean and its warm Mediterranean climate, San Diego enjoys an abundance of quality produce and dining. With a myriad ethnic and cultural mix, San Diego is well known for its wide selection of cuisines. One can find excellent Mexican, Italian, Greek, Latin, Central and East Asian, Middle Eastern and Pacific Islander food throughout the city. The city's long history and close proximity to Mexico has endowed an endless array of Mexican cafes and restaurants. Regional homemade specialties, border fare and haute cuisine are all easily available.

San Diego's warm, dry climate and access to the sea have also made it a natural center for the production of fruit and vegetables. Long a center of the tuna industry, San Diego benefits from an abundant seafood supply.

Several of the finest choices of dining can be found in the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, La Jolla and Old Town. The city's many immigrant and ethnic groups have heavily influenced local eating habits and tastes.

The city is the home of various military facilities including Navy ports, Marine bases, and Coast Guard stations.

San Diego is about two and a half hours south of Los Angeles and about half an hour north of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

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