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Life in San Diego

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With a population of 3.5 million people, San Diego is the second-largest city in California. Individuals are attracted to San Diego for a wide variety of reasons including tourism, beaches, biomedical exploration, aerospace industry, and agricultural development. With such an eclectic range of activities, one thing is certain- San Diego has a little bit of everything.

With an average annual temperature of 75°F, San Diego is ideal for outdoor recreation all year round. If you enjoy hiking with expansive views, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve never disappoints. If you want something a bit more challenging, there is Cuyamaca Peak, which is located in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Coming in as the second tallest peak in San Diego County, you can find wildflowers in the spring and powdery snow in the winter. San Diego is also home to Mission Trails Regional Park, Cabrillo National Monument, and San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. These are just a few of the many locations available for hiking, biking, and camping.

As commonly known, San Diego has miles of beautiful beaches. Whether its surfing, sailing, kayaking, or paddleboarding, water sport activities are easily accessible. If you're looking for an adventure, you can swim with the Leopard Sharks at La Jolla Shores. Maybe you want to observe from a distance, you can visit the sea lions sunbathing at La Jolla Cove. Interested in a one-stop-shop for the whole family? Head over to SeaWorld San Diego where you can start your day with a twist. One of their many touch pools showcases the Garra Rufa fish that enjoy nibbling away at the skin on your fingers. It might tickle and make you squirm, but it's guaranteed to make the whole family smile.

For those sports enthusiasts, San Diego is home to professional and collegiate athletics where you can watch an MLB Padres game or sit courtside at an NCAA Aztec game. If you enjoy performing arts you can catch a show at the Old Globe Theatre or the San Diego Symphony. The La Jolla Playhouse has received national acclaim for the quality and nature of its productions. Aside from these pastimes, there are many other cultural activities available to San Diego residents. For example, Balboa Park hosts Resident Tuesdays which grants free entrance, with a qualifying ID, to a different group of museums each Tuesday of the month. With over ten museums to choose from, you can explore aerospace, contemporary and fine arts, science, natural history, and the evolution of man. In addition to the existing museums, San Diego will soon be the home of a year-round Comic-Con museum.

With a vast range of activities, great food, and many cultural opportunities, San Diego is truly one of America's finest cities.