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About San Diego County

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The beautiful city of San Diego is located in California and boasts its position as one of the top 10 climates by the Farmers' Almanac with a Mediterranean climate and 320 days of sunshine each year. Home to dry summers, mild winters and acres of steep landscape perfect for sports and scenic viewing, San Diego is perfect for year round camping, and is a hub for excellent outdoor activities. 

 

Attractions 

One of San Diego's biggest attractions is its natural terrain, so when you visit, be sure to go there just ahead of the off seasons so you have the beaches and RV parks to yourself. Right on the beach, the city offers opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and sailing, with wide, open skies and fresh air for whale watching and snorkeling. Of if that sounds too hectic, the shoreline is lined with beautiful sand, and plenty of space for lazing and soaking in the sun. And of course, there's group biking expeditions, ATV tours and hot air balloon rides.  

San Diego is also known for its thriving art scene, and is home to almost every nationality and international community beyond its shores. Visitors and locals alike look forward to great music, shows, art and food reflecting worldwide influences, and all within the city's small radius. For the opera or classical music enthusiast, the city is home of The San Diego Symphony at Symphony Towers while performs on a regular basis, and The San Diego Opera at Civic Center Plaza, one of the top 10 opera companies in the United States. There's also the Old Globe Theatre at Balboa Park which produces about 15 plays and musicals annually, and The La Jolla Playhouse and of course The San Diego Repertory Theatre at the Lyceum Theatres which produces a variety of plays and musicals each year. 

For the urban adventurer, there's no shortage of excellent opportunities for city fun and exploration. You can head to Belmont Park for an old-fashioned seaside amusement park, the Cabrillo National Monument for excellent seaside views and the Living Coast Discovery Center for a look into the beautiful world of the ocean. For an even more in-depth dive into the beauty of the sea, you can also explore the sights, smells, sounds and feels at SeaWorld and the exotic creatures at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. There's also Balboa Park in the downtown area, Legoland California, Old Town Trolley Tour and the USS Midway Museum. There's also a ton of easy-going activities such as the Old Town Trolley Tour and Africa Rocks, featuring new exhibits and entertaining and educational tours offering special behind-the-scenes views and interesting information about native African animals and how the park takes care of them. 

And of course, no trip to this city is complete without a look into its awesome history and art, so be sure to head to spots like the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Museum of Man and the Museum of Photographic Arts. Adding to the diversity of themes are these sites are other popular places like the San Diego Air & Space Museum are located in Balboa Park, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Columbia district downtown which is home to historic ship exhibits belonging to the San Diego Maritime Museum, and lastly the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum which features the USS Midway aircraft carrier.

 

Events and Festivals 

The city is a hotspot for excellent cultural and urban events because of its multi-cultural vibe, breathtaking coastal terrain and great weather, but the awesome thing is that no matter what your interest, you're sure to find a few great events to match your idea of a great time. Visitors and locals alike can look forward to Comic-Con International, the Kaaboo Del Mar Music Festival, surfing and stand-up paddle boarding at Supergirl Pro and even Bike The Bay community rides. And of course, there's the San Diego Beer Week, Extreme Sailing Series, Champagne Pairing Dinner, horse races and even local baseball games. The city's music events draws some top names in the industry and from almost every genre, so if you love live music, you'll fall in love with events like Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, 91X Presents X Fest, Julian Blues Bash and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library's Summer Festival. And of course, whether on the big stage or not, there's a host of great local musicians that play at venues like the Analog, The Alley and The Landing. Other great events include the San Diego Brew & Food Festival, Oysterfest, Del Mar Summer Solstice and the 37th annual OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival. The Sun & Sea Festival and San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival also draw enormous crowds each year. 

 

Food

San Diego is also known for its excellent food culture, drawing in the creativity and mastery of local chefs and craft kitchens, and influences from Italy, Japan, Greece and even Mexico. Some popular restaurants include: Sushi Ota, Juniper & Ivy, CUCINA Urbana and Addison. And of course, there's Puesto Mexican Street Food & Bar, The Prado at Balboa Park and a number of world-class wineries and breweries like Abnormal Wine Co., Bernardo Winery and Fifty Seven Degrees. No matter what your preference, you're sure to find something on San Diego's menu that will make you return for more day after day!

 

Campgrounds and Parks

With such wide, open spaces, sunshine and great sea breezes, San Diego is a stellar camping spot, and is home to over a dozen parks and thousands of sites. One of the most popular campgrounds is Campland on the Bay, well-known for its clean, well-managed facilities and onsite activities such as a gym/fitness center, friendly bowl skateboard park, Dogwood Park and a basketball/dodgeball court. There's also an amphitheater, group play and concerns, dances and concerts and even horseshoe pits. Offsite, the campground is near spots perfect for swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing, and since it's right on the bay, you can expect open skies for sunset viewing and stargazing. There's also Kumeyaay Lake Campground, Chula Vista RV Resort, San Diego RV Resort and public campgrounds like Silver Strand State Beach, Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve and the San Elijo State Beach. There's campsites all over he city, perfect for every kind of RVer!

 

Regardless of what you typically do during your camping trips, you're sure to find a host of great activities, foods, music and events to enjoy while on your San Diego getaway. Hope to see you soon!