San Diego is probably one of the most pedestrian friendly cities in America. Families walk, skate, and bike their way to over 70 miles of beaches or any of San Diego's many attractions. An officially designated 52-mile long Scenic Drive brings visitors through the city’s many neighborhoods. From the Harbor Islands through Old Town and Balboa Park all the way to La Jolla, the Scenic Drive is a popular way to see the city. Balboa Park is the 1,200 acre cultural center of the city and is home to over a dozen museums dedicated to history, science, art, cars, railroads, mankind, and San Diego itself. The Rose Garden has over 2,000 rosebushes, and the entire park is one giant botanical garden.
The San Diego Zoo, considered to be one of the best in the world, holds nearly 4,000 animals, with habitats replicating each animal's original ecosystem, down to the type of grass used. Old Town is the historical heart of San Diego. The Spanish and Mexican heritage of the city is celebrated here, amidst the famous Presidio fortress, the historical park, and the adobe houses with Spanish tile roofs.