America’s Finest City – San Diego

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Where is the most Southwestern point in the continental United States?

Where is the birthplace of the taquito?

Where can a Legomaniac go wild?

What is the permanent home of the USS Midway?

Where can you find tide pools and seals and such amazing beauty in the middle of Winter?

Well, my friends, these amazing landmarks are all in my backyard. Deemed “America’s Finest City,” San Diego is a hotbed of history, adventure, and nature — not to mention home to  more than a handful of plastic bricks. Yet, prior to hopping a plane and moving here, I had only visited three times, all before I turned twenty.

Obviously, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when we moved back to the West Coast 18 months ago. FishPapa had travelled here from Kansas City for a job interview and then for the subsequent physical, but other than that, our move was, in many ways, a leap of faith. We knew no one and no place.

Yet, this town has welcomed us and afforded us fifty-two hundred different kinds of wonderful, memory-making opportunities. From visiting the site of Cabrillo’s historic landing to eating excellent Mexican food at El Indio to enjoying homeschool days at Legoland, our family is loving our new hometown. Strolling along the Embarcadero or splashing in the La Jolla tide pools, we’ve soaked up the sun as well as the culture of this great city. I’m happy to call this place “home.”

Yet, I know that if we had never left Kansas City, if we had never found our way “back home” to the West Coast, we would have enjoyed all that Middle America had to offer and made the best of that home. I truly believe that there is something great in every place.

Whether it’s that greasy spoon of a diner where they know your name and how you like your eggs or that fantastic free city park that offers pony rides, historical reenactors, and a fishing pond, there’s something good wherever you are. You just need to know where to look.

Quite honestly, in San Diego, you just don’t have to look very far. 😉

What about your hometown? Kraft Singles is currently on the hunt for the “Single Best Town” in America. It’s an opportunity for you to tell the world about the good in your very own backyard. What’s so great about your town? Well, they want to know! And there’s a fun block party in store for the winning town, village, burg, or city. It’s easy to enter the contest. Simply upload a picture and a brief description of why your town is the best in the US. The deadline to enter is 2/28/2010.

Let us know when you enter so that we can cheer you on! I hope you win!

What do you love about YOUR town?

Disclosure: I have partnered with KRAFT Foods to help promote the “Single Best Town” in America program. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program, which includes writing about my own hometown experiences and hosting a giveaway where the prize has been provided by KRAFT Singles. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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  1. I live in the smoky mountains, so yeah, free and beautiful scenary provided by an almighty God! year round, and if you like amusement, we live next to Seiverville and Gatlinburg too!

  2. We are about to move to Pasadena without knowing anyone for my husband to finish his Masters and PhD. I’ve been talking to God a ton!! I hope we meet lots of new people and find our way around quickly. It’s encouraging to hear about others that have survived such a big move.
    We’ll have to make a trip down to San Diego- there are lots of fun things to do!

  3. I LOVE Deanna Rose!! We moved here to Germany from Kansas. It was a wonderful place to live…I wouldn’t mind retiring there! My husband serves in the Army…hence our move to Germany! It’s wonderful & exciting here as well…so much to see & do.

  4. Another Missouri transplant here! I do love San Diego, and I cherish the time we’ve had here. We’re talking about moving back, since the bulk of my family still lives there. But I wouldn’t trade this time in San Diego for anything. (13 years & counting) Glad to hear how much you love it. 🙂

  5. I have never been and you make me want to go!!

  6. I lived in San Diego until I went college out of state. Unfortunately, I haven’t made my way back yet. My husband has fallen in love with it as well and we really hope to make it back there someday (after law school, and can actually afford to live there 🙂 ) I sure do miss it, especially this time of year… *sigh*

  7. So glad to hear you love it!!! I’m from North San Diego County and I agree…it’s a great place to live!!!

  8. I grew up in Escondido so I do agree with the beauty and fun of San Diego. However, we live in the mountains of southwest Colorado now and this definitely gives San Diego a run for its money (without the traffic!).

  9. I live in a unincorporated town named Fairview in the North Ga mountain’s. I love that 5minutes away is Clarkesville where my son (16) and I can visit the Tea Room or the Red Rooster coffee house,the library or one of about 10 different historic home’s in the area. Sometime’s we drive 20 minute’s to Helen,a beautiful Alpine village. We have lunch by the fountain or by the river that run’s through the town. We like to explore the antique shop’s and talk to everyone we meet. The mountain scenery is simply awesome any time of the year.

  10. I have lived in St. Louis, Missouri for the last 3.5 years, and I love it! I am originally from the Chicago area, and St. Louis is often overlooked by most “mid-westerners”- but I consider myself blessed to have been brought to this great town! We frequently try to encourage our friends from other areas to move to St. Louis and hope that our lives will keep us here for a while!

  11. San Diego sounds like such a great place to be with kids. Have you written many posts on fun things to do in the area with kids? We are hoping to visit in April or May and I have two kids, ages 4 and 7.

    I’d love some ideas on the best things to work into our visit. Also, I was considering getting the San Diego entertainment book. Do you have it and know if it has good coupons in it for the big attractions?

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      I do have several posts, but they aren’t archived as “San Diego” posts. Good idea, though. They’re just sprinkled throughout. We had the San Diego Entertainment book last year (I’m waiting for it to go really cheap before I get it this year). So, I’m not sure what the coupons are this year. If you’re going to stay for quite some time, it might be worth it.

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