San Diego The Essential
With its gleaming high rises overlooking a vast, bustling bay, San Diego appears the very image of its ranking as the second largest city in California (after Los Angeles) and the eighth largest in the US. The Balboa Park cultural institutions that share the verdant mesas and canyons north of downtown with affluent neighborhoods of Spanish-style mansions underscore the city's cosmopolitan nature. Though its population is large, the 319.6sq-mi city feels as if it has room to spare.
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