San Diego is a major city in California, United States. It is in San Diego County, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, approximately 120 miles (190 km) south of Los Angeles and immediately adjacent to the border with Mexico. The city is known for its mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbor, extensive beaches, long association with the United States Navy, and recent emergence as a healthcare and biotechnology development center. Tourism is a major industry owing to the city's climate, beaches, and tourist attractions such as Balboa Park, Belmont amusement park, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and SeaWorld San Diego. San Diego's Spanish and Mexican heritage is reflected in many historic sites across the city.
SeaWorld San Diego is an animal theme park, oceanarium, outside aquarium, and marine mammal park, located in San Diego, California, United States, inside the city's Mission Bay Park. A one-of-a-kind family experience at SeaWorld San Diego, with awe-inspiring animal encounters, thrilling rides, and amazing shows. Ideally located on nearly 200 acres in Mission Bay, SeaWorld San Diego is an ocean adventure unlike any other. It is about animals, exciting rides and family-friendly entertainment. From the rush of the ray on Manta roller coaster to the awe-inspiring and playful dolphins in Dolphin Days show, there is something for everyone at SeaWorld San Diego-a real, amazing full of fun and exciting adventures.
Balboa Park began as 1400 acres of land set aside in 1868 by San Diego civic leaders. The scrub-filled mesa that overlooked present day Downtown San Diego sat without formal landscaping for more than 20 years. Balboa Park was originally called "City Park," but was renamed after Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa, in honor of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, held in the Park that year. Balboa Park was declared a National Historic Landmark, and a National Historic Landmark District in 1977. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as, one of the Great Places in America. It is managed and maintained by The City of San Diego Parks & Recreation Department, and other organizations.
The USS Midway Museum is a maritime museum located in downtown San Diego, California at Navy Pier. The museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway (CV-41). The USS Midway was the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the 20th century. Named after the climatic Battle of Midway of June 1942, Midway was built in only 17 months, but missed World War II by one week when commissioned on September 10, 1945. Midway was the first in a three-ship class of large carriers that featured an armored flight deck and a powerful air group of 120 planes. Midway served with the Atlantic Fleet for ten years, making seven deployments to European waters, patrolling "the soft underbelly" of NATO.