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Lucky visitors may glimpse a wary coyote at Anza Borrego State Park


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San Diego - Anza Borrego Region

Old Town San Diego, located near the center of the city showcases the Spanish and Hispanic influences on the region closest to the Mexico border. Visitors are big business in San Diego so travelers have many options - from historic sites to giant theme parks to quiet tidepools. Old Town is a great place to start a visit to San Diego and Balboa Park is probably the second on the list.
Inland, San Diego visitors may explore the wilder, drier, more natural environment of Anza Borrego Desert State Park where desert plants and animals can be observed from numerous trails. For more local information on San Diego, go to the Top Destinations section where you will find scenic drives, hotel and dining information and much more.
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San Diego is a military town with a permanent summer attitude - perhaps from the miles of beaches, year-round good weather, abundant boating, surfing, and swimming options or maybe it is the fact that the police wear shorts and ride three-wheelers on the sand.
Of course there is LEGOLAND, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Old Town, Gaslamp Quarter, Pacific Beach, Cabrillo National Monument, La Jolla and many other sites to attract families, couples and conventioneers. San Diego is big diverse city with strong Hispanic social and economic influences, starting with the first California Mission, still standing and worth a visit. Crossing the border into Tijuana Mexico for a day is possible - even easy if you take the rail line from the city.

Heading east, it becomes increasingly drier and warmer. Interstate 8 cuts through Cleveland National Forest, less than an hour's drive from San Diego. Further east, Anza Borrego State Park is a huge expanse of badlands, palm-lined canyons, rugged peaks and for the lucky visitor, a chance to see bighorn sheep. There are many roads and hiking trails - best used in the early morning and evening to avoid the heat.


If you want to play or watch beach volleyball, San Diego is your destination

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