Downtown San Diego Pictures

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    Downtown from the Air

    Downtown San Diego from the Air
    ••• Downtown San Diego from the Air. ┬ęBetsy Malloy Photography

    Photo Gallery: Downtown San Diego

    Taken from an airplane as it headed toward a landing at the airport, this image shows the twin towers of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, the Holiday Inn Harbor View (cylindrical shape) and One America Plaza, the tallest building in San Diego whose distinctive top shape has prompted the nickname "Phillips screwdriver building."

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    Skyline from the Harbor

    City skyline, San Diego, California, USA
    ••• San Diego Skyline from the Harbor. Corey Jenkins / Getty Images

    You have to get out in a boat to see the city from this angle - we took this photo on a San Diego Harbor Cruise

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    Skyline at Twilight

    Skyline at Twilight, San Diego, Coronado Island, California, USA
    ••• San Diego Skyline at Twilight. Danita Delimont / Getty Images

    Taken from the waterfront on Coronado Island, just across the bay from downtown. This photo was taken in 2006 and you may find some new buildings have gone up since then, especially new multi-story residential towers, but the view is stil more or less the same.

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    Convention Center

    San Diego Convention Center
    ••• San Diego Convention Center. MLB Photos via Getty Images / Getty Images

    More stylish than most box-like convention centers, it sits on the waterfront and hosts hundreds of conventions every year. It was designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. Although the city is in the nation's top ten by population, the civic center ranks in the 20's among North American convention facilities.

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    Unconditional Surrender

    Unconditional Surrender in San Diego
    ••• Unconditional Surrender in San Diego. Prayitno/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    This smoochy sculpture pays tribute to all the sailors who have left their girls behind on the dock in San Diego.

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    USS Midway

    USS Midway in San Diego
    ••• USS Midway in San Diego. Marc Buehler/Flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0

    The largest ship in the world when commissioned in 1945, the USS Midway was retired in 1991. The decommissioned ship now serves her final tour of duty in San Diego, home to one-third of the Pacific Fleet and a large cadre of the Midway's former crew.

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    Cruise Ship

    Cruise Ship in San Diego
    ••• Cruise Ship in San Diego. Sandy Huffaker / Getty Images

    The Port of San Diego is a busy cruise port, especially for cruises to Mexico. You'll often find two ships docked at the same time and in the busy season, a half dozen or more cruises depart San Diego every week.

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    Gaslamp Quarter

    Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
    ••• Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego. LeandroNeumann Ciuffo/Ficlkr/CC BY 2.0

    The Gaslamp Quarter is an area of great architectural charm, its streets lined with original nineteenth-century buildings and others moved in from other parts of the San Diego, all restored to their original exuberance.

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    PETCO Field

    Petco Park, San Diego
    ••• Petco Park, San Diego. Brace Hemmelgarn / Getty Images

    The San Diego Padres play in this downtown baseball park, and when they're not using it, you can take a behind-the-scenes tour.

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    Horton Plaza

    Horton Plaza, San Diego
    ••• Horton Plaza, San Diego. William Zain/Flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0

    Downtown's biggest shopping mall is named for early real estate developer and entrepreneur Alonzo Horton.

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    Star of India

    Star of India
    ••• Star of India. Andrew Flynn/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    The world's oldest active sailing ship, the Star of India. During her long maritime career, the sturdy iron ship hauled freight from England to India, carried immigrants from England to New Zealand and worked as a salmon-packing ship in the Bering Sea. Now it's the centerpiece of the San Diego Maritime Museum.