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 Tourism Authority. 750 B St., Suite 1500, San Diego, California, 92101. 619/232–3101; www.sandiego.org.
San Diego Visitor Information Center. 996 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown, San Diego, California, 92101. 619/236–1242; www.sandiego.org.
San Diego County Contacts
Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce . 786 Palm Canyon Dr., Borreo Springs, California, 92004. 760/767–5555; www.borregospringschamber.com.
California Welcome Center Oceanside. 928 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, California, 92054. 760/721–1101; 800/350–7873; www.visitoceanside.org.
Carlsbad Visitors Center. 400 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, California. 800/227–5722; www.visitcarlsbad.com.
Coronado Visitor Center. 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado, California. 619/435–7242; www.coronadovisitorcenter.com.
Encinitas Chamber of Commerce. 535 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 116, Encinitas, California, 92024. 760/753–6041; www.encinitaschamber.com.
Julian Chamber of Commerce. 760/765–1857; www.visitjulian.com.
Visit California. 916/444–4429; 800/462–2543; 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 Some Like it Hot, 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. 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 ArtsTix 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 . www.ranchandcoast.com.
San Diego Citybeat . www.sdcitybeat.com.
San Diego Magazine. www.sandiegomagazine.com.
San Diego Reader . www.sandiegoreader.com.
San Diego Union-Tribune. www.sandiegouniontribune.com.