America’s Best Zoo City

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Recognize that skyline?

It’s none other than balmy San Diego, home to miles of coastline, days of sun and a zoo that Kung Fu Panda would envy.

Speaking of the zoo, it’s a bastion for gorillas, polar bears, flamingos, exotic birds and Cuban rock iguanas (which suddenly occurred to me would make for a great band name). Hundreds of creatures roam freely thanks to the numerous cageless exhibits. Lush botanical gardens filled with rare and endangered plants (flytraps, neato) underscore the venue’s commitment to to conservation.

On May 23, the zoo will usher in its Elephant Odyssey habitat that will walk visitors through the Pleistocene period complete with fossils and life-sized statues of American lions that inhabited Southern California 12,000 years ago. Seven elephants will be on hand to offer that real-life lesson in zoology that no Disney flick can capture, even if yes, Jack Black’s animated alter ego is pretty cool.

Get back to Mother Nature. Reserve your San Diego vacation home and go to the zoo.

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About Valerie

Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.

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