From balmy beaches with a laid-back attitude to a gleaming modern image, San Diego offers much for the tourist to enjoy. Situated on the Southern California seacoast, San Diego is the second largest city in the state, with 1.
Downtown San Diego (also referred to as "Centre City" in some cases) is the thriving central business district of San Diego. A heavily gentrified area with plenty of tourist amenities, Downtown serves as a hub of business and entertainment, with plenty of restaurants, shops, and nightlife to take in, as well as a few attractions, including several museums and the home of the San Diego Padres baseball team.
Coronado is a picturesque resort town in San Diego County in Southern California. It is situated on a peninsula just across the San Diego Bay from Downtown San Diego and offers quiet beaches, lovely bay scenery, and sights such as the historic Hotel del Coronado.
thumb|350px|One of the many decorative neighborhood signs in the area
National City is a city in San Diego County in Southern California.
Sitting at the mouth of San Diego Bay on a peninsula west of the city's airport, Point Loma offers a pleasant diversion from the city's busy tourist-filled neighborhoods and beaches, with lovely scenery and the historic attractions of Cabrillo National Monument overlooking the area's spectacular coastline. Nearby sits laid-back Ocean Beach, a small, relaxed beach town without all of the usual bells and whistles typical of the popular beach neighborhoods just to the north.
Chula Vista is a large city in San Diego County in Southern California. Originally a farming and dairy city in the early 20th century, by the early 21st century the city had grown tremendously with the addition of several prominent suburbs and business districts.
San Ysidro is a community of San Diego, California. Although technically part of the City of San Diego, San Ysidro is separated from the rest of the city by the entities of Chula Vista and National City just to the north.
La Jolla (pronounced: La HOY-yah) is an upscale beach neighborhood in San Diego that, while part of the city, is often viewed as its own distinct community. La Jolla is home to the University of California, San Diego campus, beautiful beaches, and gorgeous scenery.
Playas de Tijuana is the beach neighborhood of Tijuana. It includes the Bullring by the Sea, and some decent restaurants, but is mostly residential.
Downtown Tijuana is referred to as the Zona Centro. It includes Revolucion Avenue, which is the main tourist drag.
Tijuana's Zona Norte is adjacent to the tourist zone in the Zona Centro, to the north, and just south of the border. This zone is primarily residential and also includes the local red light district.
El Cajon is a city in San Diego County in Southern California. The city is nicknamed "The Big Box".
The Zona Rio is a fashionable middle class Tijuana neighborhood known for its shopping, night clubs, and restaurants.
Tijuana is a city in Baja California Norte, Mexico, just across the border from San Diego, California, USA. Visitors can expect an ideal climate for most of the year, with average temperatures during the daytime ranging from 68ºF (20°C) in January, to 86°F (30°C) in August.
Del Mar is a small seaside town in the north of San Diego County in Southern California. It has a Bavarian style village and the prettiest beach in California next to Carmel, dotted with old cypresses and clean, light sand, along with views up the coast to Orange County and down the coast to La Jolla.
Solana Beach is a city on the northern coast of San Diego County in Southern California. It is near San Diego.
Encinitas is a small beach town in the north end of San Diego County in Southern California. The town has a main street that looks to be right out of a George Lucas 1950's movie scene, including a city name sign spanning the Coast Highway that welcomes visitors arriving into the north end of town from Carlsbad.
Escondido is a city in North San Diego County in Southern California.
Carlsbad is a city in the north end of San Diego County in Southern California.
Puerto Nuevo is a city in Baja California, which is described as the "Lobster Capital of Baja", with numerous restaurants serving the large pan-fried crustaceans.
Oceanside is a large city on the Pacific coast of northern San Diego County, California.
Tecate is a small city in Baja California (state) on the border with California, about an hour east of Tijuana. Unlike most US/Mexico border crossings, there is no town on the US side.
Julian is in San Diego County, about one hour inland from San Diego. A mountain town situated among Cleveland National Forest, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Julian gets the kind of seasonal weather that is rare in Southern California.
San Clemente is a city by the beach in Orange County in Southern California. It is called the "little Spanish village by the sea" because many of the buildings have a rustic and antique Spanish look to them.
Dana Point is a city in at the beach in Orange County in Southern California.
San Juan Capistrano is a city in Orange County in Southern California.
Mission Viejo is a town in Saddleback Valley, a region of Orange County, California.
Laguna Beach is a resort-residential community (population about 20,000) along the Pacific coast in South Orange County in Southern California. It is known for its extensive artist community, seaside village atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and luxury resort hotels.
Ensenada (Spanish: Ensenada De Todos Santos) is the city seat of the largest municipality in Baja California, Mexico on the Pacific Coast south of Tijuana. It is locally referred as La Bella Cenicienta del Pacífico (Spanish:The Beautiful Cinderella of the Pacific)
Newport Beach is a city famous for its lavish lifestyle and beautiful surroundings. Television enthusiasts will recognize the resemblance to the show The O.
Costa Mesa is a city in Orange County, a region of Southern California.
Moreno Valley is a city in Riverside County in Southern California.
Corona is a city in Riverside County in Southern California. It is a diverse city with different types of people.
Santa Ana is a city in Orange County, Southern California and is the county seat of that county.
Riverside is a city in Riverside County in California. With a population of over 300,000, the city plays host to a diverse cross-section of people and has a rich history.
Rancho Mirage is a city in Riverside County in the Desert region of California.
Southern California is a megapolitian area in the southern region of the U.S.
La Quinta is a city in Riverside County in Southern California. It is a desert resort city about 30 minutes southeast of Palm Springs.
Palm Springs is a resort city in the California desert. It became a destination during the 1950s and 1960s when Hollywood movie stars flocked there in droves.
Fountain Valley is a city in Orange County in Southern California.
Palm Desert is a city in the desert of California between Palm Springs and Indio. It lies in the Coachella Valley at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains.
Cathedral City is a city in Riverside County in the Desert region of California.
Anaheim Hills is a city in Orange County in Southern California. It is still technically considered to be part of the city of Anaheim but because it does not border Anaheim and it geographically separated from Anaheim, the name Anaheim Hills is used to distinguish itself from Anaheim.
Indian Wells is a city in Riverside County in the Desert region of California.
Huntington Beach is in Orange County in Southern California. Once known as Pacific City, it started as the southern terminus of the Golden West railroad line.
Jurupa Valley, also known as Rubidoux, is a city in Riverside County in Southern California.
Avalon is a resort city on Catalina Island, just off the coast of Southern California. Avalon is the main settlement on Catalina, and home to the majority of the island's permanent population.
The Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, California. It is home to the original Disneyland Park, which opened on July 18, 1955, a favorite among visitors to Southern California from all over the world for well over half a century.
Loma Linda is a small city in San Bernardino County, Southern California.
Redlands is a city in San Bernardino County in Southern California.
Anaheim is a city in Orange County, California. It is best known for being the home of Disneyland.
Indio is a city in Riverside County in the Desert region of California.
Colton is a city in San Bernardino County in Southern California.
Stanton is a city in Orange County in Southern California. While it is not at all a very important city, it is a terminus for visitors wanting to travel from Knott's Berry Farm to Disneyland or vice versa (see Get in below).
Coachella is a city in Riverside County in the Desert region of California.
Fullerton is an inland city in north Orange County in Southern California. Situated just north of Anaheim and its far better-known tourist attractions, Fullerton has a few surprises up her sleeve.
The Inland Empire of Southern California is a semi-arid region, east of Los Angeles, made up of scores of cities and towns. The boundaries are often a subject of debate, however, it is generally agreed that the western boundary is the San Bernardino County/Los Angeles County line and the eastern limits are the most urbanized areas of San Bernardino County and Riverside County.
Rialto is a town in San Bernardino County, California. The city is also known as "Bridge City".
Desert Hot Springs is a town in Riverside County in the California Desert. Most visitors are here to chill in the desert, and relax at one of the many hotel/spas.
Buena Park is a city in Orange County in Southern California. It is widely known best for being the home of Knott's Berry Farm.
Chino Hillsa suburb of Los Angeles located in San Bernardino County in Southern California.
Fontana is a city in San Bernardino County in Southern California.
Ontario is in San Bernardino County and the Southern California region of California, more than 35 miles east of Los Angeles. From a traveler's perspective, Ontario is noteworthy mainly as the home of a large mall and the Ontario International Airport, a less crowded alternative to LAX and the main airport serving the Inland Empire.