San Diego, known as the birthplace of California, offers a mild climate year round, an impressive deep-water harbor and extensive culture. The city is surrounded on one side by the Pacific Ocean and on another by the Mexican border. Tourism is one of the prime industries in San Diego, in part because of the rich sophistication and vast bay. There is a lot to explore for those taking advantage of San Diego vacation rentals, but if it is your first time there, consider these three attractions as a must see.
The San Diego Zoo
Of all the tourist spots in the city, the San Diego Zoo is probably one of the most visited. It houses over 3,700 animals including more than 650 different species. The 100-acre lush landscape offers bio-climatic exhibits like the Tiger River, the African Rainforest, Arctic Tundra and the Monkey Trails. It is home to the largest free-flight aviary in the world.
While at the zoo, make sure to visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for even more wildlife. This site manages an array of endangered species and consists of free-range enclosures. The Safari Park maintains antelopes, giraffe and rhinos among its inhabitants. It hosts the most successful California condor breeding program in the country, as well.
The San Diego waterfront is the essence of the city. It is the primary reason many people visit San Diego in the first place. The Waterfront starts in the downtown area and goes on to Seaport Village. While strolling on the piers, you’ll see cruise ships like the Star of India and Navy vessels waiting to go out. The Waterfront is full of shopping venues and fine dining restaurants. You can grab a ferry to Coronado, take a walking tour to learn about the vessels in dock or visit San Diego’s famous Embarcadero.
No one can resist the fun of Legoland. This theme park features over 60 different attractions including thrilling water rides and live shows. Inside the park, you will find more than 22,000 models created from Lego bricks. Legoland California includes entire replications of cities as part of the landscape. The creation of the park required over 57 million Lego pieces. The exhibits are interactive and geared towards kids, ages two to 12. The park sits just on the north edge of the city in Carlsbad.
San Diego has a little something for everyone. Museums, live shows, the bay and the beaches all make this a popular destination when visiting California. The city welcomes over 30 million people travelling to see them annually. It is possible to stay in San Diego vacation rentals each year and see something new every time.
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