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Cabrillo National Monument offers one of the best view points in San Diego of both the city and the Pacific Ocean. It also marks the spot that Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo landed on California soil in September, 1542 bringing European civilization to the West Coast. A statue of Cabrillo stands at one of the highest points in the park looking out on what has become of San Diego in the intervening 400 plus years.
The $73.9 million arts center opened in the fall of 1994 as a focal point for culture in this north county area. Comprised of five buildings on 12 acres, the center includes a museum, conference center, two theaters and outdoor sculpture garden. Events include dances, conferences and nationally touring plays and entertainment.
Located on the San Diego Coast, which has been called the Riviera of the West, Cardiff State Beach has a gently sloping sandy beach with warm water. The site offers swimming, surfing and beachcombing.
Carlsbad State Beach is located on the San Diego Coast. It offers swimming, surfing, scuba diving, fishing and beachcombing. This small 14-acre beach is located at the foot of coastal bluffs, south of the town on Carlsbad.
One of several historical structures in Old Town, this adobe was home to Mexican Army Officer Jose Maria Estudillo. It was originally built on 100 square yards, and it represents the highest standard on the social scale in Mexican California, according to historians. The adobe was abandoned in the 18th century, but restoration efforts began in 1910. Today the casa can be viewed as a prime example of architecture during the early era of San Diego.
The Chula Vista Nature Center celebrated its 11th anniversary this year. The center is accredited by the American Association of Museums, an honor shared by less than 10 percent of the museums in the United States. The Chula Vista Nature Center is the only accredited aquarium/museum in the San Diego region. Since 1987, the center has served more than 6000,000 visitors at the museum and more than 200,000 people in outreach programs. The center is known for the exceptional quality of its environmental education programs and its leading role in the restoration and enhancement of the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. The center is part of the growting ecotourism movement and anticipates a continued increase in vistors.
Located in the heart of downtown on the Embarcadero, the San Diego Convention Center offers convenience to lodging, great city and water views and excellent facilities for trade shows and conventions. The center underwent a recent expansion that doubled the total amount of space to 2.6 million square feet. Over 10 million guests have walked through the doors for over 3,000 events. Many visitors get their first look at San Diego because of an event at the Convention Center.
The Fox Theatre opened in San Diego at the heyday of the silver screen era in 1929 with a huge contingent of stars arriving in their limousines to celebrate the beautiful addition to downtown San Diego. After World War II, the Fox stood silent. The San Diego Symphony acquired what was the Fox Theatre in 1984 at an initial cost of $7.5 million and renovations began performed by the same company that built the original theater. The 2,400-seat hall proved a good fit to the acoustical needs of the symphony. The symphony opened its 1985-86 season at the new hall, located on the corner of A Street and Seventh Avenue. The Symphony Towers was built above the hall and was supposed to provide a constant stream of revenue to the orchestra. A $2.5 million donation from Helen Copley several years ago provided additional funds, but the symphony was still not able to maintain its financial commitments and went silent. This summer a renewed symphony orchestra with a new board of directors resumed Summer Popos concerts at the waterfront.
One of the first things newcomers notice about San Diego is the dramatic curve of the Coronado Bridge spanning the bay between the city and the island of Coronado.? Opened in 1969, the bridge is both functional and beautiful to look at.? The distinctive towers and graceful curves of the bridge earned it the "Most Beautiful Bridge" Award of Merit from the American Institute of Steel Construction in 1970.
The Cowles Mountain was named after George A. Cowles, a pioneer of the area. Previous names were Dog Springs, Cowles Spring and Black Mountain. A marker sits atop the mountain, marking it as the highest point in San Diego. Hiking trails and parking make Cowles Mountain a popular recreation spot in East County.
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