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San Diego, CA (Population: 1,255,540)

San Diego is nestled 120 miles south of Los Angeles and 20 miles north of Tijuana. This gem of the California coast is renowned for its ideal weather and seventy miles of gorgeous beaches. San Diego is the seventh largest city in the U.S., with a population of 1.25 million. Claimed for Spain by Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo in 1542, San Diego is considered the birthplace of California. The Cabrillo National Monument commemorates the explorer and boasts a spectacular view of the harbor and coastline.

In addition to being a beautiful place to live and work, San Diego is a popular California travel destination. Due to this city's unique topography, you can enjoy coastal, mountain, and desert environments in the span of one day. No matter what time of year you visit, San Diego always has an array of festivals, concerts, parades, sporting events and fairs taking place.

Each spring, check out the San Diego Healing Arts Festival in Balboa Park. In the fall, don't miss the Old West-themed Fall Back Festival in downtown's Gaslamp Quarter. For the food connoisseurs, enjoy prix fixe 3-course dinner menus at over 100 restaurants during Restaurant Week. In February, don't forget Brazil Carnaval at the 4th and B Showcase Theater. This is one of the largest and most authentic carnivals outside of Brazil. Finally, in the late summer, you don't want to miss the Encanto Street Fair and Cultural Arts Festival which features jazz, gospel, and hip-hop bands on five outdoor stages. These are just a few of the festivities that make San Diego a year round hot spot for visitors and locals alike.