Affordable deals and expert travel assistance from Netflights.com make it easy to visit San Diego. Famous for its glorious sunshine, miles of majestic white-sand beaches and natural deep-water harbour, which all sits alongside its fusion of American and Mexican cultures. San Diego enjoys a prime position on the coast of the Pacific, in southern California. It's bordered by the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains to the east, and Mexico to the south. Among the city's many attractions are the deservedly popular Sea World San Diego and San Diego Zoo, Belmont Park, top-rated museums and fine examples of Spanish colonial architecture. San Diego's Spanish and Mexican heritage is reflected in many historic sites throughout the city, including the first Catholic mission, Mission San Diego de Alcala and San Diego State Historic Park.
The birthplace of California
Did you know that San Diego is the oldest city in California?
It was explored by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as early as 1542, and European settlement in the area began with the first Catholic mission in 1769.
After Mexico won its independence from Spain, San Diego fell under Mexican rule. In 1846, the United States declared war on Mexico, and in 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed. San Diego was then officially incorporated into the United States. With numerous museums, heritage sites and cultural exhibits in the city, visitors can step back in time and discover the rich history of San Diego for themselves. The Maritime Museum of San Diego, the Cabrillo National Monument, Old Town State Historic Park, Mission San Diego de Alcala and Balboa Park (home to 15 museums) are just a few of the interesting historic sites you can visit.
Arts, culture and entertainment
San Diego is a lively cultural hub, with an eclectic mix of live music venues, opera houses, symphony halls, art galleries and theatres.
The historic Gaslamp Quarter, with its unique mix of Victorian-era buildings and modern skyscrapers, is the perfect place to experience San Diego's vibrant Mexican-American culture and cuisine.
San Diego highlights not to miss
Among the highlights of a trip to San Diego are:
· A beach day – with 70 miles of pristine coastline and gorgeous sunshine almost year-round, San Diego's beaches are perfect for tanning, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving and beach sports. · Beer tasting. San Diego is renowned for its craft beer, and has even been called "America's Craft Beer Capital". If you like beer, be sure to visit a few of the city's many active brew-pubs or micro-breweries to sample the local brews.
· A trip to San Diego Zoo. This 100-year-old zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals, among them gorillas, tigers, bears, flamingos, elephants, tortoises, leopards and birds of paradise. · A dining experience in San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter. This roughly 16-block area includes a vast number of eateries, offering everything from Mexican and Brazilian food to Italian, French and Asian cuisine.
· Attending a theatre production. San Diego is known for its outstanding theatre. Between The Old Globe and the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego has sent over three dozen shows to Broadway – more than any other U.S. city.
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