San Diego Facts


  • San Diego produces more avocados than any other place in the country.
  • Over 200 cruise ships berth in the San Diego harbor every year.
  • The first driver across the Coronado Bridge when it first opened was Ronald Reagan in 1969.
  • The San Diego Zoo played home to the first baby panda born in the Western Hemisphere since 1990 with Hua Mei, born to a pair of giant pandas. The panda even got a café named after her in the zoo.
  • Charles Lindbergh made history when he flew from San Diego to New York and then non-stop to Paris on the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927.
  • Actress Cameron Diaz was born in San Diego in 1972.
  • The Old Globe and the La Jolla Playhouse have successfully sent more shows to the bright lights of Broadway in New York City than any other city in the country.
  • The Hotel Del Coronado is the country’s largest wooden structure. It featured the first electric-lit outdoor Christmas tree in 1904.
  • The San Diego Stadium opened in 1967 with a price tag of $27 million. It was renamed in 1981 after San Diego Union sports editor Jack Murphy.
  • San Diego County is home to the most missions in the country. You can view Mission San Diego de Alcala, Mission San Luis Rey, Mission San Antonio de Pala and Mission Santa Ysabel by taking the California Missions Trail.
  • Located in Balboa Park, San Diego’s Museum of Man is an anthropology museum which holds one of the most important collections of Ancient Egyptian antiques in the country including authentic mummies and seven painted wooden coffins – one of which is one of only six known to exist in the world as a rare Ptolemaic child’s coffin.