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Cabrillo National Monument- This monument memorializes the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542.
Cleveland National Forest- The Cleveland National Forest lies in Southern California stretching from the San Diego area, northward to the Orange and Riverside County urban areas. Visitors can find solitude and escape from the busy life of the nearby cities.
Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge- Coachella Valley NWR contains the majority of critical habitat within the Coachella Valley Preserve for the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard (Uma inornata).
Pacific Crest Trail- From desert to glacier-flanked mountain, meadow to forest, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) symbolizes everything there is to love - and protect - in the Western United States.
Palm Springs South Coast BLM Field Office- Abundant recreational opportunities unveil upon the discovery of one of California's most unique areas encompassing the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains.
San Diego County Parks- County Parks and Recreation maintains and enhances the quality of life in San Diego County by providing parks and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.
San Diego County State Parks and Beaches- The sandstone bluffs, gentle surf, and wide, sandy beaches of San Diego County offer great recreation to all visitors. The region features three state parks, seven state beaches, two state historic parks, and one state reserve.
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge- This site provides habitat for endangers plant and animal species. This refuge is not open to public use.
Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge- Sweetwater Marsh NWR is in central San Diego Bay in San Diego County, California. The refuge protects the last remaining salt marsh in San Diego Bay.
Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge- Tijuana Slough NWR, is an endangered species refuge in San Diego County, California. The refuge is part of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Resource Reserve, Southern California's largest estuarine wetland.

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Description - With its rich Hispanic heritage, temperate climate, deep sea habors, sandy beaches and a variety of fun-filled attractions, San Diego County is quintessential California. San Diego is bounded by some of the best surfing beaches in California to the west, snowy mountainous peaks to the east, and an exotic neighbor-Mexico-to the south. Within these borders is the Wild Animal Park in Escondido, several California missions dating from the 1800s, a small alpine town packed with hole-in-the-wall cafes (each selling homemade apple pie that claims to be "the best"), dense stands of ancient oaks and pine trees, splashing orcas at SeaWorld off Mission Bay, and coastal wetlands that every spring and fall attract hundreds of species of migratory birds-Canada geese, snowy egrets, and green-winged teals among them.

Pacific Beach attracts a laid-back surfing culture, while La Jolla attracts a more upscale crowd to its chic art galleries and fashionable shops. North of this village is a string of seaside towns that are known for their luxury resorts, challenging golf courses, and spectacular beaches. In Del Mar, the ponies have been running since Bing Crosby founded the Thoroughbred Club in the 1930s, while flower fields are the attraction near Encinitas and Leucadia-go for blooming ranunculus in spring and poinsettias in December.

Attractions - The sandstone bluffs, gentle surf, and wide, sandy beaches of this region offer great recreation to all visitors. However, this region is also a place of historic battlefields, lively celebrations of the Mexican era in California, and important natural preserves.

San Diego County features the Cleveland National Forest, three state parks, seven state beaches, two state historic parks, and one state reserve.

Recreation - San Diego County offers some excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. Some of the most popular include swimming, surfing, surf fishing, horseback riding, hiking, road biking, mountain biking, picnicking, and camping.

Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. The best seasons to visit are spring and fall but with the generally mild climate, outdoor activities are available year-round in Southern California.

Location - San Diego County, located at the southern most tip of California, stretches northward from the Mexican border to Camp Pendleton, and eastward from the Pacific Ocean to the border of the sprawling Anza-Borrego Desert.

The main highways accessing this county are 5 and 15 running north/south and 8 running east/west.

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California Tourism, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-GO-CALIF

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