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San Diego is a city in California, USA close to the Mexican border.  San Diego offer the following points of interests for tourists and photographers;

  • Old town San Diego state historic park
  • Balboa Park
  • Seaport village
  • San Diego zoo
  • Sea World
  • USS Midway museum
  • La Jolla shores park
  • Cabrillo national monument and old point loma lighthouse
  • Day trips to the infamous Tijuana, Mexico

There are over 600 hotels in San Diego, it’s a top tourist destination!

Old Town San Diego State Park

Old Town San Diego State Park

Much of the old town has been well preserved, you’ll even find some of the original vehicles from the old town era.  In fact some of the buildings, such as the hotel, prison and post office have been preserved and are now museums.  Visiting this park is like visiting Mexico without crossing the border, you’ll even find a tequila factory here!  There is a daily market setup selling traditional Mexican products and food.  You’ve probably seen the day of the dead parade in the movies, for example, the James Bond Spectre movie.  San Diego claims to hold the best day of the dead parade outside of Mexico!

Sea World, San Diego

Sea World, San Diego

San Diego has its very own Sea World.  If you don’t know what Sea World is, it’s an animal theme park, with an outside aquarium and marine mammal park.  Sea World is famous for the following shows;

  • Shamu show (above)
  • Clyde and Seamore sealion show
  • Dolphin show

You’ll also find some rides, sea life and marine mammals.

If you’re not in the mood for Sea World, you could always try San Diego zoo.

Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego

Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego

It’s worth taking a drive out to the Cabrillo national monument and old point loma lighthouse.  The Cabrillo national monument is here to honor the first European to step onto the west coast of the US back in 1542!  From the peninsula you’ll get great views of San Diego city and if you’re lucky you’ll see some wild sea lions.

San Diego to Los Angeles. Hire car.

San Diego to Los Angeles. Hire car.

From San Diego I took the coastal route up to Los Angeles.  It’s possible to take the I5 north to Los Angeles, this is the quickest route.  I recommend you take the coastal road which offers you miles and miles of beautiful Californian coast.  There are a few small towns you pass through which you can stop at for food and to enjoy the views.

Los Angeles to San Francisco