For general information and brochures before you go, contact the San Diego Tourism Authority, which publishes the helpful San Diego Visitors Planning Guide. When you arrive, stop by one of the local visitor centers for general information.
San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau (619/232–3101. www.sandiego.org.)
San Diego Tourism Authority International Visitor Information Center (1140 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown, San Diego, CA, 92101. 619/236–1212. www.sandiego.org.)
San Diego County Contacts
Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center (760/767–5555. www.borregospringschamber.org.)
The California Welcome Center Alpine (619/445–0180. www.visitcwc.com.)
California Welcome Center Oceanside (928 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, CA, 92054. 760/721–1101 or 800/350–7873. www.visitcwc.com/oceanside.)
Carlsbad Convention & Visitors Bureau (400 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, CA. 800/227–5722. www.visitcarlsbad.com.)
Coronado Visitor Center (1100 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA. 619/437–8788. www.coronadovisitorcenter.com.)
Encinitas Chamber of Commerce (527 Encinitas Blvd., Ste. 106, Encinitas, CA, 92024. 760/753–6041. www.encinitaschamber.com.)
Julian Chamber of Commerce (760/765–1857. www.julianca.com.)
La Jolla Information Center (858/454–5718. www.lajollabythesea.com.)
California Travel and Tourism Commission (916/444–4429 or 877/225–4367. www.visitcalifornia.com.)
Check out these books for further San Diego reading. The novel Drift by Jim Miller explores San Diego's boom time through the eyes of a college professor in the year 2000. Leave Only Paw Prints: Dog Hikes in San Diego offers myriad walking spots that are dog-friendly, along with smart travel tips for your furry friend. San Diego Legends: Events, People and Places That Made History goes beyond the typical history-book material to reveal little-known stories about San Diego.
San Diego has a rich film history, thanks to the city's unique geography and proximity to Los Angeles. Some of the better-known films made here include Top Gun, Traffic, and Almost Famous. The bar scene in Top Gun was filmed at a local restaurant, Kansas City BBQ, on the corner of Kettner Boulevard and West Harbor Drive. And of course, don't forget to take Anchorman Ron Burgundy's advice, and "Stay classy, San Diego."
For a dining and entertainment guide to San Diego's most popular nightlife district, check out Gaslamp.org. Visit the HillQuest guide to Hillcrest, a historic neighborhood with a large number of gay and lesbian households. For insider tips from a local perspective, try Local Wally's San Diego Tourist Guide. For information on the birthplace of California, search the Old Town San Diego organization's site. Browse the website of San Diego's premier upscale lifestyle magazine, Ranch and Coast. San Diego Magazine also has a useful site. Search the site of Arts Tix for half-price show tickets. For a comprehensive listing of concerts, performances, and art exhibits, check out the local alternative paper San Diego Reader. For edgier arts and culture listings, pick up the San Diego Citybeat alt-weekly.
Gaslamp Info (www.gaslamp.org.)
Local Wally (www.localwally.com.)
Old Town San Diego (www.oldtownsandiego.org.)
Ranch and Coast Magazine (www.ranchandcoast.com.)
San Diego Citybeat Newspaper (www.sdcitybeat.com.)
San Diego Magazine (www.sandiegomagazine.com.)
Half Price Tickets (sdartstix.com.)
San Diego Reader Newspaper (www.sdreader.com.)
San Diego Union-Tribune (www.signonsandiego.com.)
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