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National Geographic

Explores San Diego

Four-part miniseries focuses on unique cultural offerings of Balboa Park and the city

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City of Discovery

San Diego is a city filled with diversity, creativity, discovery and adventure and nowhere is that spirit more evident than in Balboa Park, long known as the region's cultural heart. National Geographic's four-episode miniseries will explore what makes San Diego such a unique destination, showcasing the iconic Balboa Park as well as the larger city to a national and international audience. The four episodes of the series each have a different theme, looking at San Diego and its rich cultural heritage through a different lens.

Episode Descriptions

Check your TV provider's on demand service or watch the episodes on nationalgeographic.com

Episode 1 - City of Adventure

City of Adventure looks at the sense of daring that is intrinsic in San Diego's DNA – from early explorers to sky gliding to evening exploits.

Episode 2 - City of Discovery

City of Discovery examines the innovative essence that is part of every aspect of San Diego – from culinary creativity to scientific breakthroughs to its commitment to cutting-edge sustainability.

Episode 3 - City of Creativity

City of Creativity studies the people, places and tastes that give San Diego its one-of-a-kind lifestyle from world-class theater to pioneering public spaces to inventive eateries.

Episode 4 - City of Diversity

City of Diversity surveys San Diego's varied and vibrant multicultural neighborhoods as well as its different and dramatic scenery from the beaches to the mountains and beyond.

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