San Diego City

The birthplace of San Diego and California is the1769 Mission San Diego de Alcala on Presidio Hill. You must see the simple room of Franciscan Junipero Serra, where the 'father' of California's missions stayed during his visits to this outpost.

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Coronado Island

Take the Coronado Bridge to Coronado and view its centerpiece - the 1888 Hotel del Coronado. Gather seashells at picturesque Coronado Beach, one of the country's largest beach; it's open to the public.

North County

North County. Sun- and sea- worshippers congregate in coastal La Jolla, Del Mar, and Solana Beach, where migrating California gray whales can be seen in winter. View the gentle giants or learn about local marine life at the Stephen Birch Aquarium Museum at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. 

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Inland North County

Home to the exotic African and Asian animals of the 2,200-acre San Diego Wild Animal Park, dedicated to the preservation of endangered species. Escondido's Heritage Row presents a century of history. Check out memorabilia of Lawrence Welk at the resort bearing his name. Golf courses abound.

East County

Ascend Mt. Helix for a dazzling view of San Diego County. The hills around Julian ring with legends of gold. On Mt. Palomar, see the Hale Telescope, the world's second-largest telescope with a lens range surpassing one billion light years.

South Bay

The sunny southern coast contains several nature preserves and parklands as well as San Diego County's first, and largest, factory-outlet shopping center. In Chula Vista, the new Arco Olympic Training Center - the nation's first year-round, multi-sport Olympic-training complex - is open to the public for tours.