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Places to go
Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Where the wonders of the ocean come alive! Home to the giant kelp tank, living tide pool, sea dragons, jellies and much more. Plus exhibits on critical topics like global warming - from the researchers at Scripps. A wide array of school and summer programs for kids.

Other info:
• Scripps Institution
   of Oceanography

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

San Diego Natural History Museum

"To interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment."

Mission Trails Regional Park

"... nearly 5,800 acres of both natural and developed recreational acres." It is "one of the largest urban parks in the United States."

"Originally used by the Kumeyaay, the park is the site of the Old Mission Dam, built to store water for the Mission San Diego de Alcala."

Anza Borrego Desert State Park

"Five-hundred miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California Desert."

A great place to see wildflowers after a good winter rain.

Ian Parker
Palomar Mountain and Observatory

Spend a day with a telescope, and picnic, hike or camp too! Palomar Mountain is a great place to experience snow, but check that road is open. Chains may be required by CHP. The road is windy for those who get carsick. You can visit the telescope for free, but check with California State Parks vehicle and other fees in State Park areas.

Related info:
• Calif. State Parks
• Observatory
• Recreational info

Memorie Yasuda
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

"The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is the jewel in the crown of America's scenic trails, spanning 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through three western states. ... Thousands of hikers and equestrians enjoy this national treasure each year. Some only travel a few miles, while others complete every mile in a single season!"

Related info:
• So. Cal. Segment

Cleveland National Forest

The Cleveland National Forest offers "a wide variety of terrains and recreational opportunities. Most areas of the forest are open year round offering campers a variety of recreational activities. Mountain biking, picinicking, hunting, backpacking, OHV and recreational shooting are just a few." Also snow play and the scenic vistas of the Sunrise Highway.

Related info:
• So. Cal. Segment
• Union Tribune
• SD Historical Society

Paul Grupp
Tijuana Estuary and Border Field State Park

"The Tijuana River Estuary is one of the few salt marshes remaining in Southern California, where over 90% of wetland habitat has been lost to development. The site is an essential breeding, feeding and nesting ground and key stopover point on the Pacific Flyway for over 370 species of migratory and native birds, including six endangered species."

More info:
• Tijuana Estuary

Cabrillo National Monument / Pt. Loma

A great place to take in a panoramic view of downtown San Diego, tour the Pt. Loma Lighthouse, see migrating whales, tidepool, hike and see a glimpse of San Diego history.

From Cabrillo, you can see whales without going out to sea!

Related info:
• Whales

Paul Grupp

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