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san diegoSan Diego, located in Southern California just miles from the Mexican border, is one of the most visited tourist destinations on the West Coast. In fact, only Los Angeles and San Francisco welcome more travelers than “America’s Finest City”. With an abundance of museums, parks, beaches, restaurants and other tourist attractions, it’s not hard to see why so many people decide to make a beeline for this corner of America. Travelers will find the city of San Diego readily accessible. San Diego International Airport (SAN) serves numerous destinations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as London and Tokyo, proving to be one of the country’s busiest airports. Meanwhile, I-5 and I-8 offer motorists easy passage to the city. San Diego proves to be one of America’s most well-appointed tourist destinations for families, with a host of exciting attractions at the ready. Top of the list of any list of San Diego attractions has to be the San Diego Zoo, which can be found in Balboa Park. Recognized as one of the best zoos in the world, visitors can expect to see a host of species on show, with the giant pandas proving to be the headline act. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, located in Escondido just outside San Diego, is another popular choice with families, as is the world-famous SeaWorld San Diego. Home of the original Shamu, visitors to the park can expect to see everything from killer whales and dolphins to sea turtles and polar bears. More daring visitors can try out the thrill rides too. Home to the largest naval fleet in the world, San Diego also offers an expansive program of nautical history, with museums and places of interest rife throughout the city. Among the most popular nautical attractions are the USS Midway, a former naval ship that today serves as a museum, and the Maritime Museum of San Diego, home of the awesome Star of India sail ship. San Diego is also a hub of culture, housing almost countless museums within its city limits. These include: the San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Air and Space Museum, San Diego Automotive Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and many more. Speaking of contemporary art, every summer the city hosts the world-famous San Diego Comic-Con International, a paradise for comic book lovers and video game players around the world. san diegoVisitors looking to enjoy fine dining and shopping should head to the Embarcadero or Seaport Village, both of which house hotels, cafés, restaurants and shops aplenty. Meanwhile, the revamped Gaslamp Quarter has plenty to see and do, and has come a long way since its days serving up “sailor’s entertainment”. Of course, this is California which means there're more than enough beaches to go around. One of the most scenic you’ll find is at La Jolla Cove, a destination truly worthy of a visit. While it may not be sand-based, Balboa Park also offers a serene atmosphere in which to relax. Other popular attractions in and around the city include Mount Soledad, Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve, and the Cabrillo National Monument. Visitors looking for a change of pace will find Tijuana, Mexico, just 25 miles down the road. Best remember your passport. Thanks to its warm climate, there’s rarely a bad time to visit San Diego.