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The birthplace of California and its second largest city, San Diego, lies 120 miles south of Los Angeles.

The birthplace of California and its second largest city, San Diego, lies 120 miles south of Los Angeles.

Bordered by 70 miles of pretty Pacific Ocean coastline to the west, and Mexico to the south, it holds a host of attractions to explore.

Shopping and Dining in the Gaslamp Quarter

My first stop in San Diego was one of the city’s most vibrant entertainment districts. The Gaslamp Quarter is 16 square blocks of Victorian buildings, surrounded by skyscrapers housing over 100 of the best restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and boutiques in the city.  

Stepping Back in Time in Old Town

To discover more about San Diego’s past, take a visit to vibrant and colourful Old Town, where the state’s first Europeans settled. You can find some of the best restaurants in the city here (Old Town is especially known for great Mexican food), as well as galleries, theatres and museums. See everything from restored Victorian homes and 16th through 18th century Spanish furniture.  

Fascinating Culture and Architecture at Balboa Park

Just a few minutes from downtown, you will find beautiful Balboa Park, which is ranked among the best parks in the world.

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