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Landing at San Diego International Airport (SAN) gives travelers a stellar look at the Pacific Ocean, the harbor, and all of downtown San Diego's waterfront. Like most Southern California locales, San Diego is spread out.
To make the most of a visit here, pick up a rental car at the airport so that you can easily enjoy nearby attractions like; the USS Midway Museum and Old Town, as well as more distant delights like the world-famous San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, and LEGOLAND in Carlsbad.
Several freeways offer convenient access to the majority of the city's attractions. Interstate 5 transports drivers north from the airport to trendy La Jolla, and south to the Coronado Bridge. Highway 163 leads to Balboa Park's San Diego Zoo and the Fleet Science Center.
Interstate 8 takes visitors to SeaWorld, Mission Bay and San Diego Chargers games at QualComm stadium. For surface streets, Harbor Drive follows the waterfront from the airport to the Maritime Museum, the convention center, Petco Park and towards the lively Gaslamp Quarter.
The flight time from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to San Diego is just over three hours. Arriving at SAN gives travelers a little taste of San Diego charm, with on-site exhibits by local artists, live concerts and hometown eateries serving craft beers.