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Tour Park City
This mountain community is home to three world class ski resorts and hosted several alpine venues of the 2002 Winter Olympics. The historic district is a bustling year-round draw for vacationers.

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    Sea World - San Diego
    Giant marine zoological park and aquariums. Home of Shamu the Killer Whale and other great adventures.

    The San Diego Zoo
    Located in beautiful Balboa Park, the 100-acre World-Famous San Diego Zoo cares for more than 4,000 individual animals representing 800 different species. Its collection, as well as its collection of over 6,500 species of plants, is acknowledged as one of the finest in the world.

    Tour Legoland California - Carlsbad CA
    Only themepark of its kind in America, over 40 major rides and attractions in the bright Legobrick colors.

    Tour Flower Fields - Carlsbad Ranch
    Carlsbad Ranch is a historic agricultural area renowned for its ongoing production of commercial grade ranunculas and strawberries.

    Quail Botanical Gardens - Encinitas CA
    Located on over 30 acres in Encinitas, California, Quail Botanical Gardens features rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, and a subtropical fruit garden.

    Birch Aquarium at Scripps
    Located adjacent to the world-renown Scripps Institute of Oceanography this facility has large salt-water aquariums primarily dedicated to the study of both cold water and tropical water marine life of the Pacific Ocean. Includes giant octopus, jelly-fish, garibaldi, kelp forest and live coral. Several educational exhibits. Offshore is the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park - the subject of a lot of scientific research.

    Del Fairgrounds and Racetrack
    This large facility is host to horse racing (July-Sept), the San Diego County Fair (June), the ScreamZone (October), and Holiday Lights (December).

    Knott's Soak City USA
    San Diego's newest, biggest and wildest water adventure park. 22 of the most intense water rides and attractions imaginable - all themed to the longboards and surf woodies of the 1950s San Diego coast.

    Coors Amphitheatre
    22,000 seat, $20 million concert venue includes lawn seating and sky plaza completed in 1998.

    Tour Balboa Park
    Over 1400 acres of beautiful gardens, grassy picnic area and groves of exotic palm and eucalyptus trees - Balboa Park is home to some of the funnest museums and other attractions of San Diego.

    Boomers - Family Fun Centers
    Family Entertainment Centers featuring mini-golf, game arcades, bumber boats, batting cages, go-cart racing, laser tag, food and more. Popular destination for children's birthdays. Look for days with discount pass prices.
    Boomers El Cajon - 1155 Graves Ave, El Cajon, CA 92021
    Boomers San Diego - 6999 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111
    Boomers Vista - 1525 W. Vista Way, Vista, CA 92083;

    Ice Town Large indoor skating rink offers an extensive variety of ice skating programs. Daily public sessions are available for recreational skaters. Learn to skate with group skating lessons and private lessons, and progress on to both ISI and US Figure Skating competitive programs. The hockey program includes: In-House Youth Hockey, Jaguars Travel Hockey League, In-House Adult Hockey, clinics, and tournaments. ICE TOWN can also accommodate birthday parties, private group reservations, and broom ball.
    Okanagan Hockey School - La Jolla Academy
    La Jolla Jaguars - Youth Travel Hockey League
    UCSD Tritons Ice Hockey - all practices and games held at Ice Town.

    Tour Disneyland USA - Anaheim CA
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    San Diego Wild Animal Park - San Pasqual Valley
    Cageless zoo lets you see major animals in their natural environment.

    Tour Balboa Park - San Diego
    Dozens of museums, libraries, gardens, and many other attractions Find out when to visit for free.

    Mount Laguna Observatory [MLO] - SDSU
    Laguna Mountain (East San Diego); (619) 594-6182; Observatory Website;
    MLO is located forty-five miles east of downtown San Diego, at an altitude of 6100 ft. (1859 meters) on the remote eastern edge of the Cleveland National Forest. MLO is well protected from the urban lighting of the San Diego metropolitan area. MLO has grown to include four well-equipped telescopes, ranging in size from 16- to 40-inches and has plans to add a 100-inch in the near future. Of the 23 campuses in the California State University system, SDSU is the only one with a Department of Astronomy, and as such the only campus to offer both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Astronomy.
    Agua Dulce Campground - inquire about opportunities to camp at Agua Dulce less than one mile away.

    Palomar Observatory - CalTech
    Palomar Public Affairs Office - 760-742-2111; Observatory Website;
    Public Tours Open Daily 9AM-4PM;

    Palomar Observatory is home to the historic Hale 200-inch telescope. Other facilities on the mountain include the 60-inch, 48-inch, 18-inch and the Snoop telescopes. The 60-inch telescope is home to the Automated Transient Observing System. The 48-inch telescope is home to the Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking and Palomar-QUEST surveys. Instrumentation at Palomar Observatory also includes the Palomar Testbed Interferometer. Located on Palomar Mountain - this research facility is closed to visitors after 4:30PM.

    La Jolla Art Association - Art Galleries
    The Village Gallery, 7932 Ivanhoe Ave., La Jolla, CA; Gallery Website;

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    Carlsbad Strawberry Fields - - Giant commercial field that is visible from the I-5 Freeway at Cannon Rd (Legoland exit)
    Balloon Rides - Del Mar Sunset Balloon Rides
    Socal Seaplanes - Family fun guided adventure
    Socal Helicopters - Family fun guided adventure
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Adventure Links Tour Local Beaches - San Diego

Southern California Deep Sea Recreation
For more adventure tour resources try these special features:
Fishing Adventure Guide - Guide to Saltwater and freshwater game
Boating Adventure Guide - Pacific coast marinas and boat charters
Watersports Adventure Guide - Great links to wide variety of aquatic activities
Tour San Diego Harbor - Visit historic, private and commercial watercraft of all sizes
Tour Mission Bay San Diego - Popular boating destination
Tour Channel Islands National Park - Protected marine wildlife habitat assessible only by sea or air.
Tour Catalina Island - Popular tourism resort destination accessible only by sea or air.
Tour Dana Point - Very scenic small craft harbor.

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Tour Key West
The carefree ambiance of the Caribbean beckons in one of America’s most unusual cities. It’s a place where shopping, sightseeing and relaxing fill your days and where tightrope walkers and fire-eaters create a festive backdrop to the setting of the sun.

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    La Jolla Cove La Jolla Cove - Beach
    1100 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA; (619) 454-1444; City Beach Webpage;
    One of the best scenic tours in all of San Diego takes you to a small hidden beach cove tucked in between sea cliffs and tide pools making it a frequent stopping place for visitors such as sea lions and harbor seals. This place includes the Sunny Jim Cave accessible only thru a staircase from a souvenir shop at 1325 Coast Blvd.

    La Jolla Shores

    Oceanside Pier California Oceanside Pier
    One of the longest piers on the west coast - very popular for fishing and there is a Ruby's Restaurant on the end. At the base of the pier is a bandshell which is the site of special concert events.

    Mission Bay Park
    Miles of bayside shoreline with facilities for picnicking, boating, camping and fishing. Popular watersport activities include sailing, water-skiing, swimming, wind-surfing and jetbikes.

    Pacific Beach
    Site of the famour Tourmaline Surfing Beach

HotLinks Tour East San Diego - Casino Resorts

    Sycuan Golf Resort & Casino
    Formerly Singing Hills Golf Resort

    3007 Dehesa Road, El Cajon, CA 92019; Resort Website;

    Sycuan Resort and Casino includes more than 425 acres of lush, picturesque mountain terrain, and offers guests two spectacular 18-hole championship courses, a challenging and fun 18 hole par-3 course, generous practice facilities with top professional instruction, and 11 lighted tournament tennis courts.
    Sycuan Band of the Kumayaay Nation - Tribe Website

Adventure Links Tour Museums, Libraries & Galleries- San Diego

Santa Barbara Sailboats

The American Riviera
Tour Santa Barbara - Popular romantic seaside escape on the central California coastline. Visit historic landmark, beautiful gardens and eclectic shops. Home to many cultural art venues.

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Shows, rides, dinner
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California Missions
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    Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
    700 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92038; (858) 454-3451; Venue Website;
    Open Tues-Sat 10-5;

    Permanent exhibits of minimalist, conceptual and California Artworks. Many rotating exhibits year-round.

    The Maritime Museum - San Diego Embarcadero
    The Maritime Museum of San Diego features one of the finest collections of historic ships in the world, including; the world’s oldest active ship Star of India.

    Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
    Old Town San Diego State Historic Park recreates life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872. Five original adobes are part of the complex, which includes shops, restaurants and a museum. La Casa de Estudillo is a mansion built around a garden courtyard. This park covers a six block area (bounded by Wallace, Juan, Twiggs and Congress sts) re-creating the founding of the first European settlement in California. Presidio Park (located closeby) is the site of California's first mission and military fortress (1769).

    Timken Museum of Art - Balboa Park
    Located in San Diego's beautiful Balboa Park, the Timken Museum of Art houses the world-class Putnam Foundation Collection of European old masters American art, and Russian icons. Artworks in the collection range from 13th-century altarpieces through 18th-century portraits to 19th-century still lifes, many by European Old Masters.

    San Diego Museum of Art - Balboa Park
    This facility is world renowned for its sophisticated collection of Italian Renaissance and Spanish Baroque Art collections. Over 10,500 permanent piece collection ranges from early Eqyptian to the 20th century. Many frequent cultural exchange exhibits. Museum was established in 1915 as a result of the Pan-American exposition of that year.

    Mingei International Museum - Balboa Park
    Traditional and Contemporary Gallery of Folk Art, Crafts and Design;
    Mingei is a special word increasingly used throughout the world for "Arts Of The People." Within a contemporary, architecturally designed setting, exhibitions are composed of the finest examples of creative expression.

    Museum of Photographic Arts - Balboa Park
    Since its founding in 1983, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) has been devoted to collecting, conserving and exhibiting the entire spectrum of the photographic medium.

    Museum of the Living Artist - Balboa Park
    A new exhibition of works by talented Southern California regional artists opens every four to six weeks in this specially designed 10,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art gallery space, dedicated to the advancement of the visual arts through outreach, education, and exhibition.

    Guy B. Woodward Museum
    645 Main Street, Ramona, CA 92065; (760) 789-7644; Museum Website;
    Hours : 1PM-4PM Thurs-Sun;

    Musuem offers a glimpse of the town's past, a rose garden and a collection of women's fashion from the 18th and 19th centuries. This complex of historic buildings, including the famous Verlaque House, shops, antique exhibits and special artifacts, will delight the entire family. Exhibits include archaeology, archives, basketry, costumes, furniture, history and photography.

    Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego - Balboa Park
    The garden expansion will complete the nine acres in the lower level and include an Herb and Tea Garden with walking trails and viewing pavilion, a waterfall and lily pond, a traditional Tea House and a contemporary Tea House, each with its own garden, a cherry tree grove and an outdoor amphitheater.

    MCRD San Diego Command Museum
    Located at the historic San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot is one of the most extensive and comprehensive displays of Marine Corps historical items in the Nation.

    > Knott's Soak City USA - Chula Vista
    San Diego's newest, biggest and wildest water adventure park.
    22 of the most intense water rides and attractions imaginable - all themed to the longboards and surf woodies of the 1950s San Diego coast. 32-acres recreational water park with 16 waterslides, wave pool play tower and island, ballpark, volleyball pit, and picnic areas.

    Boomers - Family Fun Centers
    Family Entertainment Centers featuring mini-golf, game arcades, bumber boats, batting cages, go-cart racing, laser tag, food and more. Popular destination for children's birthdays. Look for days with discount pass prices.

    Museum of Making Music - Carlsbad Ranch
    Exhibits date back to 1890 to trace this history of innovations in popular music. Over rare 450 musical instruments on display in a 6,500 sq. ft. exhibit space divided into five major themes. Research library and archives are also available. Their goal is to preserve, exhibit and promote the history of the music products industry. Ask about guided tours.

    Warbirds West Air Museum - Gillispie Field
    Gillispie Field, 1942 Joe Crosson Dr, El Cajon, CA 92020; 619-449-1504; Museum Website;
    The museum hosts operations and Maintenance of Former US and Soviet Military Aircraft to attend Public Display Airshows, in Southwestern US and conduct formation fly by's during the air shows. Operations and Maintenance of an Air Museum Building / Aircraft Hangar, open to the public, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays. The museum also maintains a selection of historic military equipment.
    CA Commerative Air Force Group One - museum and hanger dedicated to the preservation of the aircraft and history of World War II aviation.

    Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
    Located at MCAS Miramar is the museum of historic military aviation. Many historic aircraft on display and other related exhibits.

    San Diego Railroad Museum
    Hwy 94 @ Forrest Gate Road, Campo, CA 91906; Museum Website;
    Open: Sat-Sun 9AM-5PM and some holidays; (619) 585-3030;
    Train Rides: Fee; Museum Free;
    Large collection of vintage locomotives and railcars. Public tours of work shops available. Train rides run twice a day on Sat/Sun (and some holidays) departing at noon and 2:30PM on a 16-mile loop pulled by a vintage diesel or steam locomotive. Once or twice a month a special 3-hour excursion runs to Tecate, Mexico. Call ahead for schedule. Located at the old Campo Deport on Forest Gate Rd just off of SR-94.

    Bancroft Ranch House Museum - Spring Valley CA
    9050 Memory Lane, Spring Valley CA 91976; 619-469-1480; Museum Website;
    Pioneer museum housed in the historic Bancroft house. Spring Valley ranching dates back to the 1830's. The adobe house and surrounding grounds have a long history, mostly due to the presence of a nearby spring. This water source attracted people thousands of years ago to use the area. These people, the Indians presently known as Kumeyaay, left evidence of their encampments in the vicinity.

    Museum of Creation Research - Santee CA
    10946 Woodside Ave. North, Santee, CA 92071; 619-596-6011; Museum Website;
    Open Mon-Sat : 9AM-4PM;

    Musuem of Creation and Earth History - Sponsored by Institute for Creation Research. While somewhat innovative in the current educational context, this approach to the understanding and teaching of science is essentially the same as that of the founding fathers of science (Newton, Boyle, etc.), and of our nation and its first schools and colleges.

    Julian Pioneer Museum - Julian CA
    2811 Washington St, Julian, CA 92036; 760-765-0227; Museum Website;
    Julian’s Little Attic boasts the finest lace collection in California, plus 1896 to 1913 clothing, photographs, household and mining equipment, Victorian era pianos, an original Julian City buggy and sleigh, extensive exhibit of Indian artifacts and animal and bird mountings, all indigenous to the area.
    Julian Black Historical Society - African Americans started settling the area now known as Julian probably as early as the mid-1860s. Frederick Coleman, former slave, started San Diego's gold rush when he struck gold there in 1869.
    Julian Cemetery Association - This historical Cemetery began in the 1870'S amid the clamor for gold in the hills surrounding the newly established Julian City. For many pioneers, the toil of a hard life ended on the hill above Julian.

    Olaf Wieghorst Museum - El Cajon CA
    131 Rea Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020; 619-590-3431; Museum Website;
    Painter ... cowboy ... cavalryman ... mounted police officer ... award winning artist. Olaf Wieghorst, known for his magnificent portrayals of the nineteenth century American West, exhibited a remarkable affinity for the cowboys, the Native American Indians, and the settlers who helped shape this country's Western landscape. His work hangs in a number of museums including the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the Whitney Gallery of Western art in Cody, Wyoming.

    More Area Museums, Libraries and Galleries
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography;
    San Diego - La Jolla Underwater Park;
    Lakeside Historical Society - Lakeside CA
    Poway Historical Society - Old Poway Park - Operates pioneer museum.

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    Cabrillo National Monument - Point Loma
    Located on the tip of Point Loma - this major landmark offers the best scenic views of the San Diego skyline and a host of other great features. It is also a great vista to watch the big ships sail in or out of San Diego Bay.

    Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala
    California's First Church

    First of the 21 missions and known as the Mother of the Missions, Mission San Diego de Alcala was founded on July 16, 1769 by Blessed Junipero Serra. It was designated as a Minor Basilica in 1976 by Pope Paul VI. The Mission today is an active Catholic Parish in the Diocese of San Diego.

    Mission San Luis Rey de Francia - Oceanside CA

    Known as the "King of Missions" - Mission San Luis Rey is the largest of the California missions and a national landmark. Franciscan friars at the mission conduct regular tours. This church still holds regular worship services and hosts special functions during the week.

    San Diego Mormon Temple
    7474 Charmant Dr, San Diego, CA 92122-5000; (858) 622-0991; Temple Website;
    Although admittance is restricted to members of the LDS church, the exterior grounds are open to free public tours daily. The best time to visit (but also most crowded) is on Saturdays when an average of over two dozen wedding parties are passing through to solemnize marriage vows and to take pictures on the lawns and gardens.

    La Jolla Women's Club
    715 Silverado Street, La Jolla, CA 92037; (858) 454-2354; Club Website;
    Historic building in La Jolla Village available for weddings and receptions.

    Mt Soledad Veterans Memorial
    Memorial Website;
    Six concentric walls will hold 3,200 black granite plaques.

    Mission San Luis Rey de Francia - Oceanside

    Known as the "King of Missions" - Mission San Luis Rey was founded in 1787 and is the largest of the California missions and a national landmark. Franciscan friars at the mission conduct regular tours. This church still holds regular worship services and hosts special functions during the week.

    More Area Museums, Libraries and Galleries
    Self Realization Fellowship - Retreat and Hermitage Grounds. Yoga and meditation center founded by Paramahansa Yogananda. Encinitas.

Adventure Links Tour Nature Centers & Gardens - San Diego

Romantic Getaways of the Southwest
Lake Tahoe - Popular wilderness destination winter or summer.
Morro Bay - California Central Coastline resort destination.
Sedona - Famous Arizona red rock desert resort community
Lake Mead - Watersport recreation area located near Las Vegas
Park City - Hosted many wintersport competition venues during the 2002 Winter Olympics
Big Bear Lake - Southern California mountain retreat.

    Quail Botanical Gardens
    The only botanical garden in San Diego County, this park has one of the world's most diverse plant collections. Scenic trails take visitors to 20 unique gardens, a 60 foot waterfall in a tropical rain forest and North America's largest display of bamboo. Surrounding chaparral area serves as a natural bird refuge. San Diego visitors and residents are invited to experience this spectacular collection of flora. Tours, nature walks, lectures, landscape advice and instructional programs are offered.

    Flower Capital of the World - Encinitas CA
    Encinitas is famous as the "Flower Capital of the World" and is home to an extensive collection of fine nurseries and gardens. Several of these wholesalers and retailers will ship fresh cut flowers to any destination in the world. This industry started with the poinsettias of Paul Ecke Ranch and has since grown to include many horticulture greenhouse operations.

    San Dieguito River Park
    Partially completed Coast-to-Crest wilderness trail follows the path of the San Dieguito Rivier. The Park will someday extend from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain, just north of Julian and may even connect with the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park just beyond. It will wind past Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, Escondido, Lake Hodges and Lake Sutherland.

    Scripps Institution of Oceanography - UCSD
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography (founded in 1903) is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for marine science research, graduate training, and public service in the world. Ongoing investigations include the topography and composition of the ocean bottom, waves and currents, and the flow and interchange of matter between seawater and the ocean bottom or the atmosphere. Scripps's research ships are used in these investigations throughout the world's oceans. As many as 300 research projects may be underway at any time under that guidance of the 1300 staff members.

    San Diego - La Jolla Underwater Park
    Park Info;
    Created in 1970, the underwater park is a continuing community project to preserve the natural ecology, reestablish the underwater sea life and maintain the natural beauty of the shoreline. Within the Park there are two special areas created by the California Fish & Game Commission; the Ecological Reserve and the Marine Life Refuge.

    Bike Trails
    Rose Canyon Bike Trail - Rose Canyon - University City
    Marian Bear Park Trail - San Clemente Canyon - Clairemont Mesa

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