The core areas of the San Diego metropolitan area are rich in culture and diversity. From the Gaslamp District to Little Italy and Chinatown, the city of San Diego has no shortage of cultural attractions, fine dining, and entertainment. Downtown San Diego is located right on the waters of San Diego Bay and has a number of entertainment venues including Petco Park and Qualcomm stadium within its vicinity.
The rolling hills and coastal lagoons that mark much of the landscape of Northern San Diego County make it a popular area for outdoor enthusiasts. Beachside cities in the North County like Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, and Cardiff feature miles of coastline and quiet, family-friendly neighborhoods. Only a few miles inland, communities like San Marcos, Vista, Escondido, and San Elijo Hills are similarly family-friendly and offer hills with scenic views and hiking trails.