Take in San Diego’s rich history and culture

With picture-perfect beaches, exceptional attractions, year-round sunshine and mild temperatures, San Diego consistently ranks as one of the top travel destinations in North America.

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With fog often obscuring the light from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, it was taken out of service. Today, the National Park Service welcomes visitors.

As you travel any of the area’s 70 miles of coastline, there are plenty of scenic stops where you can absorb breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean’s blue waters. A perennial favorite, Coronado Beach, is considered one of America’s top beaches.

Each day, tourists flock to San Diego’s mega attractions, Balboa Park and SeaWorld San Diego. Built in 1915, Balboa Park is home to 15 major museums, performing arts venues, gardens and the San Diego Zoo. The zoo is one of the park’s biggest draws, featuring 3,700 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies and a botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants.

Art is alive in San Diego, not only in Balboa Park’s San Diego Museum of Art, Natural History Museum and Timken Museum of Art, but also in the 90 museums in San Diego County. A multitude of art galleries make their home in San Diego. See work from local, regional, emerging and international artists in Little Italy, La Jolla, Ray Street in North Park and the Cedros Avenue Design District.

San Diego is rich in history, thanks to its Native America and Spanish Missionary roots and its cultural and military influences. From Old Town State Park and the Gaslamp Quarter to San Diego’s missions and the USS Midway Museum, the seemingly endless options reveal how San Diego continues to be shaped by its complex and vibrant history.

Beyond these and other landmarks, the city offers world-class shopping, fine dining and a vibrant nightlife. Or take a drive along Historic Highway 101, otherwise known as the Coast Highway, where you’ll see how the Pacific welcomes surfers, kayakers, paddle boarders and boaters taking in Southern California’s waves.

No matter the experience you’re seeking, you’ll want to join us in San Diego.