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San Diego is a city on the Pacific coast of California known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. Immense Balboa Park is the site of the renowned San Diego Zoo, as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens. A deep harbor is home to a large active naval fleet, with the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, open to the public.

The first driver across the Coronado Bridge when it first opened was Ronald Reagan in 1969

As if San Diego wasn’t a vacation enough, over 200 cruise ships berth in the San Diego harbor every year.

Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego.

La Jolla used to have an area of houses built strictly for small people, sometimes referred to as “the munchkin houses” due to the fact that they were inhabited by some of the actors who played Munchkins in the Wizard of Oz film.

Invest in a good flea collar for your furry friends. San Diego boasts more fleas than any other city in the U.S.

The San Diego Zoo played home to the first baby panda born in the Western Hemisphere since 1990 with Hua Mei, born to a pair of giant pandas. The panda even got a café named after her in the zoo.

San Diego is skater heaven. Olympian Shaun White was born here in 1986 and the legendary Tony Hawk was raised here, too.

Charles Lindbergh made history when he flew from San Diego to New York and then non-stop to Paris on the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927.

Built in 1863, the Star of India is the world’s oldest active-sailing ship which calls its home a port in San Diego. After completing 21 circumnavigations, the Star of India has survived being stuck in ice in Alaska and going aground in Hawaii

The Old Globe and the La Jolla Playhouse have successfully sent more shows to the bright lights of Broadway in New York City than any other city in the country.

The country’s first drive-in restaurant, Oscar’s, was opened in San Diego by Robert Oscar Peterson who later founded the fast food chain Jack In The Box in 1951.

The Hotel Del Coronado is the country’s largest wooden structure. It featured the first electric-lit outdoor Christmas tree in 1904.

San Diego was known as the Tuna Capital of the World from the early 1930s through the late 1970s.

San Diego was home to everyone’s favorite wacky children’s author, Ted Geisel – more frequently referred to as Dr. Seuss.

Get your gears going. WD-40 was invented in San Diego by the Rocket Chemical Company in 1953.

Located in Balboa Park, San Diego’s Museum of Man is an anthropology museum which holds one of the most important collections of Ancient Egyptian antiques in the country including authentic mummies and seven painted wooden coffins – one of which is one of only six known to exist in the world as a rare Ptolemaic child’s coffin.

San Diego County is home to the most missions in the country. You can view Mission San Diego de Alcala, Mission San Luis Rey, Mission San Antonio de Pala and Mission Santa Ysabel by taking the California Missions Trail.

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