A quick weekend trip down to San Diego after a few weeks of heavy business meetings and trips. San Diego has two unique bays that offer two sides to this area. Downtown San Diego is next to the shallow harbor that hosts the SS Midway. The other bay is Mission bay where Sea World is.
Day 1: Downtown Harbor
SS Midway (CVB/CVA/CV-41) was an aircraft carrier of the United States Navy, the lead ship of her class. Commissioned a week after the end of World War II, Midway was the largest ship in the world until 1955, as well as the first U.S. aircraft carrier too big to transit the Panama Canal. A revolutionary hull design, based on the planned Montana-class battleship, gave her enhanced protection compared to previous carriers.[verification needed] She operated for 47 years, during which time she saw action in the Vietnam War and served as the Persian Gulf flagship in 1991’s Operation Desert Storm. Decommissioned in 1992, she is now a museum ship at the USS Midway Museum, in San Diego, California, and the only remaining U.S. aircraft carrier commissioned right after World War II ended that was not an Essex-class aircraft carrier.
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a 68-acre (28 ha) city park adjacent to the Pacific Ocean on the western edge of Point Loma. It includes the entire strip of land immediately adjacent to the ocean, between the water and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, as well as a larger area of undeveloped park and nature preserve on the south side of the area. It was dedicated in 1983. It stretches from Adair Street to Ladera Street. This coastal strip is connected to the 640-acre (260 ha) Point Loma Reserve. The park includes carved coastal bluffs, arches and sea caves. From the cliffs, the California Gray Whale can be seen migrating annually from the Bering Sea to Baja California. The park is a popular place to view the sunset, hence the name.
Mission Bay: Day 2
Mission Bay Park was originally a tidal marsh that was named “False Bay” by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542. It was developed into a recreational water park during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.