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Landmarks of sandiego

Apr 9th 2012 at 2:42 AM


Growing up in San Diego, I've been able to acquire some knowledge of local landmarks -- places and things that in some way or another signify the base and character of San Diego. Now, I don't mean your obvious, popular tourist attractions or destinations such as Sea World or the San Diego Zoo. Or even areas like the Gaslamp Quarter or Old Town.

The California Tower
The Building has been home to the San Diego Museum of Man since February 19, 1921. Speaking of views from the air, this awesome bell tower in Balboa Park is what the passengers on the right side of the airplane usually see upon descent. With its beautiful and elegant tile covered campanile, it induces[encourages] the Spanish Moor architecture that affects this area strongly. The San Diego Museum of Man and California Tower is one of the most iconic images of Balboa Park. No matter how long I work here I just never get tired of photographing it. The California Building was built as the State of California's contribution to the 1915 California-Panama Exposition.



Mount Soledad
Mount Soledad is a prominent landmark in the city of ,California United States, San Diego.

This 800-foot hill with the cross atop it in the La Jolla area of San Diego provides a 360 degree view of the city and the Pacific Ocean. Accessible by a winding road, the peak top has parking and a grassy area for picnics and taking in the breathtaking view. Although the cross that decorates the city owned land has spawned controversy, Mount Soledad is even better known as an ideal make-out spot, or so the rumor goes.

Mount Soledad is a popular cycling destination and area. There are numerous routes ranging from the relatively gradual, 3.5-mile (5.6 km) mile climb up Soledad Mountain Road on the southern slopes to the very steep and short, 1.25-mile (2.0 km), Hidden Valley Road to Via Capri route on the north side.

Mount Soledad is topped by a large concrete Latin cross, first built in 1913, and rebuilt twice. After it was challenged in court at the time of late 1980s, it was designated a Korean War memorial.


Mount Helix
Mount Helix is the East County counterpart to Mount Soledad on the coast: a high promontory adorned with a cross at its mountain seen from Interstate 8, accessible by a winding road in an exclusive residential area (Mt. Helix). Oh, yeah, it also offers 360 degree amazing views of the eastern part of the county. The auditorium at the top of the mountain is used for the atrical presentations and popular Easter sunrise services.

Mt. Helix Park is known as one of San Diego County's most magnificent landmarks, where people come for different views of San Diego, family picnics, romantic weddings and simply relaxing in the quiet beauty of the area.


The Mormon Temple
It seems as something straight out of fantasy land -- or a science fiction movie. With its pointed spires and gleaming white facade, the Mormon Temple generates double and triple takes from motorists traveling on Interstate 5 in the La Jolla area. Only accessible by Latter-Day Saints Church members, this relatively new structure has become a San Diego landmark by sheer virtue of its magnificent presence. A statement it makes, indeed. The exterior finish is marble chips in stucco giving the building a white glow. The temple is brightly illuminated making it even more noticeable at night. This majestic building boasts an unusual design, which makes a real visual impact on those who see it. It is located on over seven acres of land, with the surrounding areas beautifully landscaped. Those who come to the San Diego Mormon Temple are able to enjoy walking around the gardens, taking in the beautiful surroundings and enjoying the peace and calm that envelopes visitors who come here. It is still a very beautiful structure that is well worth a visit by those who want to take in the architecture and the stunning gardens.



Cabrillo National Monument/Point Loma Lighthouse
In honor of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who sailed into what is now San Diego Bay in 1542, this National Park is situated at the tip of Point Loma, a long, scenic peninsula that forms San Diego Bay. The park provides one of the most incredible views of the harbor, Pacific Ocean and the city, and you can get some history to go along with the view at the visitors center and old Lighthouse. Since 1956 the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation (CNMF ) has helped the National Park Service with numerous educational and scientific activities at Cabrillo National Monument. The monument is at the top of a hill and on very clear days, you can see the local mountains about 40 miles inland to the east and the Coronado Islands to the south.




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