S: San Diego, California By Adam and Sheri Bielma
FC: San Diego, California America's Finest City | Wish you were here | Photography by Adam and Sheri Bielma
1: A photographic tour of America's Finest City | to our friends and family who have inspired us to bring San Diego through the camera. to my dad the late Ricardo Bielma who showed me parts of San Diego in my youth.
2: Table of | Scenic Shots of Downtown 4 The Beaches of San Diego 6 Balboa Park 10 Seaport Village 12 Mission Bay 14 Downtown San Diego 16 Old Town 18 Mission San Diego 20 The San Diego Zoo 22 San Diego's Safari Park 24 Sea World 26 Cabrillo Monument 28
3: Coronado Island 30 Above San Diego 32 Petco Park 34 Qualcomm Stadium 36 San Diego County Fair 38 The Mountains of San Diego 40 Anza-Borrego State Park 42 Panoramic Shots around San Diego 44 Sunsets in San Diego 48 Cities and Communities 50 One Last View of San Diego | Contents
4: Scenic Shots
5: of Downtown
6: The Beaches of San Diego
7: Fun in the sun on San Diego's coast
9: San Diego's coastline stretches from Oceanside to the International Border. Highway 101 is commonly known as Pacific Coast Highway and travels along trough the coastal cities and communities. Some of our favorite beaches are Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Moonlight Beach, Coronado and Oceanside Pier. Each summer visitors flock to the beaches to enjoy the sun, surf and sand. One our favorite things to do at the beach is take a stroll in the water and search for shells and sand dollars.
10: Balboa Park
11: Balboa Park is one of our favorite places to visit because of the beautiful gardens and walkways that travel throughout the park. We often take a stroll to the Botanical Gardens to capture the beautiful landscape. We enjoy an occasional picnic at this park paradise as well. Visitors can enjoy a variety of museums such as the popular Ruben H. Fleet Science Center. Balboa Park is one of San Diego's largest parks. It is located north of downtown San Diego. | San Diego's park paradise
12: Seaport Village
13: Seaport Village is a quaint shoppers paradise. Located on San Diego Bay, this outdoor hang out spot includes great restaurants and eateries such as the Edgewater Grill. The Embarcadero Marina includes quiet parks. The USS Midway museum and the Star of India are some of the historical tours that visitors can enjoy. | The little village on San Diego Bay
14: Mission Bay
15: One of the largest aquatic parks in the world, tourists and locals flock to Mission Bay at any time of the year to enjoy water sports such as wave running and jet skiing. Children can swim in the calm of the water near the shore or even play on the many playgrounds that surround the bay. | San Diego's Aquatic Park
16: Downtown San Diego
17: From Little Italy high above the bay to Chicano Park nestled under the Coronado Bridge, downtown San Diego has lots for everyone to do. The famous Gaslamp District offers fine cuisine and gourmet dining with hundreds of shops up and down Fifth Avenue. | The heart of San Diego
18: Old Town
19: Nostalgic San Diego, Old Town is the birth place of San Diego and California. Tour historic buildings such as the Whaley House and the Presidio that overlooks Mission Bay. Enjoy fine dining at the Old Town Cafe where fresh tortillas are made daily. | The birthplace of San Diego
20: Mission San Diego de Alcala
21: California's first mission
22: The San Diego Zoo
23: The World Famous San Diego Zoo is in Balboa Park. The zoo is home to exotic animals and plants from around the world. Along with perfect scenery, visitors can enjoy flamingos, elephants, tigers and the famous giant panda. | San Diego's world famous animals
24: San Diego's Safari Park
25: San Diego's Safari Park is in North County just east of Escondido in San Pasqual Valley. A sister park to the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park offers tours of sorts that mirror an African Safari. Enjoy exotic birds from colorful parrots to lorikeets to animals such as lions and giraffes. | San Diego's exotic animal park
26: Sea World
27: San Diego's aquatic theme park is a part of Mission Bay. Tourists can enjoy marine animals such as dolphins, penguins and turtles. Enjoy animal shows with great acts. The big attraction at the park is the Shamu killer whale show. | San Diego's aquatic themed park
28: Cabrillo Monument
29: Cabrillo National Monument is high above San Diego Bay's western side. Visitor's can learn about the exploration of Cabrillo in San Diego, take in breath taking views of San Diego and Mexico on the clearest days and explore the historic lighthouse. | Where San Diego was discovered
30: Coronado Island
31: Coronado Island is San Diego's island getaway and home of the World Famous Hotel del Coronado. This unique city across the bay offers scenic downtown views of San Diego on the east side while on the west side, locals and tourists flock to the beaches. Coronado is also home of one of the military bases in San Diego. | San Diego's island getaway
32: Above San Diego
33: Along the coast in La Jolla, inland above El Cajon in La Mesa and overlooking San Elijo are Mt. Soledad, Mt. Helix and Double Peak respectively. Each place offers very unique panoramic shots of San Diego County. From Double Peak Park, visitors can enjoy breath taking views of Mexico, downtown San Diego, San Clemente and Catalina Islands and the San Bernardino Mountains on the clearest days. | A bird's eye view of San Diego
34: Petco Park
35: Petco Park is home to the San Diego Padres. The ballpark in the East Village District opened its doors on April 8th, 2004. Fans can enjoy great food and amazing views of San Diego's downtown. The Park at the Park serves not only as a standing room section for fans, it is open all year round as a public park. | San Diego's boys of summer
36: Qualcomm Stadium
37: Qualcomm Stadium is home to the San Diego Chargers and San Diego State University Aztecs. Located in Mission Valley, football fans can enjoy their teams during the fall season while tailgating. Qualcomm Stadium hosts the annual NCAA Poinsettia Bowl and Holiday Bowl and high school football's CIF section championships. | San Diego's elite leather heads
38: San Diego County Fair
39: An annual summer event at the Del Mar racetrack, the San Diego County fair offers great food, games, exhibits, and concerts. From June to July tourists flock to enjoy what the fair has to offer each year. | San Diego's annual summer tradition
40: The Mountains of San Diego
41: The mountains of San Diego dominate the backdrop of the county. Palomar Mountain in North County is home to Palomar Observatory and the famous telescope. Mt. Laguna offers Sunrise Highway high above the desert floor and Lake Cuyamaca. Julian is the most popular quaint town located north of Mt. Laguna. It is famous for it's apple pie and cider. Each winter snow fall turns the mountain communities into a winter wonderland. | San Diego's backdrop
42: Anza-Borrego State Park
43: Anza Borrego Desert is a playground for those who love adventure. Hikers can explore Palm Canyon, Font's Point, and other places through this vast park. Off road lovers can explore Blair Valley and Ocotillo out east. Enjoy the beautiful wildlife each spring. | San Diego's backyard
44: Top to bottom: Pointsettia Bowl 2010 at Qualcomm Stadium, Hotel del Coronado, Mt. Soledad in La Jolla, The tide pools at La Jolla | Panoramic Shots
45: around San Diego | Top to bottom: Coronado Bay Bridge, Belmont Park in Mission Beach, Petco Park Opening Day 2009, La Jolla Indian Reservation after a snow storm 2008.
46: Top to bottom: Escondido from Dixon Lake, Cuyamaca along Sunrise Highway, Tide pools at Cabrillo, Mt. Laguna on Sunrise Highway.
47: Top to bottom: Anza Borrego Desert from Sunrise Highway, Dixon Lake in Escondido, San Diego and Point Loma from Mt. Soledad, a winter sunset from the La Jolla Indian reservation on Highway 76.
48: Sunsets in | Ocean Beach | La Jolla | Point Loma | Escondido | Palomar | Oceanside | Mt. Helix
49: San Diego | Coronado | Mt. Helix | Double Peak Park | La Jolla | Escondido | Escondido | Oceanside | Coronado
50: Cities and Communities
51: In and around San Diego
62: One Last View | Top: a full moon rises over downtown San Diego. Bottom: San Diego from Lucinda Street.
63: of San Diego... | Top: San Diego from Shelter Island. Bottom: the sunsets as downtown creates a backdrop from Coronado Island. Middle four: The sunrises over San Diego making downtown a silhouette.