San Diego, California Example Project
San Diego Geography • Southwest corner of USA • Along the Pacific Coast • Just north of Mexico
San Diego Geography • Southwest corner of the state of California • About 124 miles south of Los Angeles • 2nd largest city in California
San Diego Geography • San Diego Bay is major body of water • Coastline is lined with beaches • San Diego River divides the city into north and south • Lots of hills and valleys
San Diego History • First people were the Kumeyaay People • Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was first European to visit; claimed land for Spain; called it San Miguel • Mission San Diego established in 1769 • Became part of Mexico in 1821
San Diego History • Became part of USA in 1848 • United States Navy first started using port in 1901 • 1931: officially became a city • WWII: city became a major site for military • Population doubled from 1930 to 1950
San Diego Key Industries • Headquarters of the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet • Lots of defense companies in the area • Tourism is very important • Trade is also important: border crossing with Mexico is busiest in the world
San Diego Attractions Sea World • Original Sea World • Opened in the 1960s (before Sea World Orlando) • Killer whales, dolphins, penguins, sharks, polar bears, otters and more • Watch killer whale show or swim with dolphins • Thrilling roller coaster, Manta, opens this summer
San Diego Attractions San Diego Zoo • Famous for pandas • Also: leopards, elephants, gorillas, hippos, camels, koalas, meerkats and even reindeer (Santa not included) • Go on safari to watch giraffe, rhinos, antelope and more
San Diego Attractions LEGOLAND • Who doesn’t like LEGO? • Ancient Egypt, New York City, George Washington, pirates, dragons, dinosaurs and dalmations – all made out of LEGO • Roller coasters and other thrill rides • There’s a water park too!
San Diego Attractions Professional Sports • Spring and summer watch the San Diego Padres at PetCo Park in downtown San Diego • In the fall, watch the NFL’s San Diego Chargers play at QualComm Stadium
San Diego Attractions Coronado Beach • Named 5th best beach in the US by Travel Channel • Basically one long, wide beach from San Diego to Mexican border • Celebrities and presidents have stayed at the Hotel del Coronado – you can too!
San Diego Attractions Surfing • When you think of California beaches, you think of ... surfing! • Many beaches in the San Diego area are great for surfing • There is even a dog surfing championship
San Diego Attractions Old Town • San Diego’s historic area • Considered the birthplace of California • First permanent Spanish settlement in California • Lots of restaurants and shops
San Diego Attractions Balboa Park • 1,200 acre park near downtown San Diego • Home of: • The Old Globe (famous playhouse) • San Diego Air & Space Museum • Japanese Friendship Garden • San Diego Natural History Museum
San Diego Quick Facts • Population: 1.3 million • 70 miles of beaches • Currency: US dollar • Languages: English is official, but Spanish and other languages are spoken too • Pacific Time: 4 hours behind Halifax
San Diego Quick Facts • Ideal climate • Any time of the year is a great time to visit • Average year-round temperature is 21 Celsius • Hottest: August (26 C) • Coolest: January (18 C)
San Diego Getting There • Lots of one-stop options: • Air Canada via Toronto • United Airlines via Chicago • US Airlines via Philadelphia • Just go ... to San Diego!
Sources • Expedia.ca • Fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/california/san-diego • Sandiego.org • Wikipedia.org/wiki/sandiego • Yahoo.ca/images • Randmcnally.com • Seaworld.com • Sandiegozoo.org/zoo