The San Diego International Airport, also known as Lindbergh Field Airport, is considered the busiest single-runway commercial airport in the USA. Featuring 3 terminals and over 50 gates, the airport has an area of about 660 acres and serves more than 17 million passengers yearly. Despite its huge size, passengers can get around the airport easily due to the free Airport Loop shuttle service that runs between the parking lot and various terminals so passengers can save themselves long walks before their flights.
Located a mere 3 miles from San Diego city, transportation to and from the airport is very easy. Passengers can choose to take shuttles or buses from Transportation Plazas in the airport that will take them to the city at affordable prices. The Metropolitan Transit System’s Route 992, for example, takes passengers from the airport all the way into downtown San Diego. Alternatively, passengers can choose to make transfers from the bus at train stations – either the Amtrak’s Santa Fe Depot train station, or the Trolley (the light rail transit network)’s America Plaza station – to continue their journey into San Diego or beyond by rail.
What to see and do
If you’re in San Diego with young ones, the San Diego Zoo and San Diego SeaWorld are must-sees. Both are considered top-notch animal parks and hold an impressive collection of wild animals – the San Diego Zoo is one of the few zoos in the world that houses the giant panda, whilst San Diego SeaWorld offers killer whale exhibits and amazing Shamu shows, another great rarity in the aquarium world. The Zoo was also the pioneer behind cageless, open-air exhibits that more closely resemble the animals’ natural habitat, something that benefits both the animals and spectators. There are few places in the world better for appreciating the majesty and beauty of the giants of the animal kingdom close-up, and – with both parks’ strong emphasis on conservation –also represents an excellent opportunity to educate the young ones on the importance of being ecologically friendly.
If you feel like looking at some flora after all that fauna, head over to the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, one of the most unspoilt stretches of land on the Southern California coast. It has everything you think a nature reserve should have: pine trees, beaches, lagoons, and even migratory seabirds. Go for a guided nature walk or a long trek (there are 8 miles worth of trails in the reserve) or simply relax amidst nature’s creation.
But if you want to delve into San Diego’s rich history, a tour of the USS Midway maritime museum cannot be missed. Named after one of the US’s longest-serving aircraft carriers, the USS Midway was responsible for several naval aviation breakthroughs and was one of the ships to serve the USA during the Cold War. At the museum, board the famed Midway and explore her hidden depths to feel like a part of the US Navy for a day – you can go all the way into the sleeping quarters, engine room, ship’s jail and many more.
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