Located in South California’s Pacific Coast, the city of San Diego is not only a short distance away from the Mexican Border and lies in the south of Los Angeles by a distance of roughly 120 miles. It is the largest city of California after Los Angeles, in terms of area, and is the eighth largest city in the United States with a population of just over 1,381,000 people. The area of the city is 964.51 square kilometers or 372.40 square miles and has a wide number of famous attractions that are a joy for every resident or tourist to see and visit. San Diego is considered as the 9th safest city in the United States according to Forbes Magazine and was also voted as the best place to start a business in 2014.
It is further known for having a strong economy due to its contribution in manufacturing, military, tourism, and defense-focused businesses, and is also a growing center in the field of biotechnology. The cruise ship industry, for instance, stands as the second largest in California and its tourism industry pulls more than 15 million people every year. In 2012, it hosted approximately 34 million visitors and earned an income of around $8 billion. The tourism industry is so prosperous that it provides jobs for over 160,000 people. In addition, San Diego hosts headquarters of several multinational giants including LG Electronics, Nokia, Novatel Wireless, and Cricket Communications.
The city of San Diego has around 70 miles worth of beaches and has a number of popular places to visit and things to do. Museums, for instance, attract visitors for the most part. The San Diego Art of Museum is frequently visited by a flock of tourists and art lovers and contains famous painting collections of Spanish artists. Also, the Maritime Museum of San Diego is a must visit for anyone interested in United States’ maritime history. The museum houses the famous USS Midway Museum along with a collection of American sea vessels.
In addition to museums, San Diego boasts an array of zoos and parks that are ideal for having a perfect family vacation. Parks, such as the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park are filled with landmarks dating back to the 19th century. The Balboa Park, which was named after a famous Spanish explorer by the name of Vasco Nunez de Balboa, is another famous tourist site.