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.