Welcome to San Diego!

By: James P. Tasto, MD, Local Committee Chair

By James P. Tasto, MD, Local Committee Chair

As Local Committee Chair, I am delighted to welcome the orthopaedic community and its guests to San Diego for the 2011 AAOS Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting promises to be an impressive event with more than 500 technical exhibits, 30 symposia, and 1,530 papers, posters, and educational opportunities. I also encourage you to take time to enjoy San Diego’s beautiful surroundings and attractions, many of which are within walking distance of the convention center. I’m sure you’ll find that San Diego lives up to its billing as America’s finest city!

Situated on California’s southern coast, San Diego boasts a temperate climate year round, making it ideal for a wide variety of outdoor activities. Whether you enjoy golf, tennis, water sports, sightseeing, or simply strolling the beach, San Diego truly has something for everyone.

James P. Tasto, MD

Cultural, historical attractions

One of the city’s most popular areas is beautiful Balboa Park. Located in the heart of the city, the 1,200-acre park features lush gardens, performing arts venues, and 15 museums, including the San Diego Air and Space Museum and the San Diego Natural History museum.

At the north end of the park is the world-famous San Diego Zoo. A sanctuary for more than 4,000 endangered and rare animals, including the giant panda, the zoo also features an impressive collection of exotic plant life. Animal lovers will also enjoy the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in nearby Escondido and Sea World.

San Diego Zoo

Originally discovered in 1542 by Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, San Diego was later settled by Spanish missionaries in the 18th century. To experience colonial San Diego and learn more about its rich history, be sure to visit Old Town where many of the historic sites have been preserved. Visitors to Old Town can also enjoy a variety of cuisines, museums, and shopping venues.

History buffs and nautical enthusiasts alike will want to visit the Embarcadero on San Diego Harbor. Here you’ll find the Maritime Museum, which houses several historic boats, including the Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship, built in 1863.

The longest-serving aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy, the USS Midway, is now home to the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum at Navy Pier. On board, you’ll learn about the carrier’s 47-year maritime history and experience naval aviation through more than 60 exhibits and 27 restored aircraft.

More to enjoy
The San Diego Convention Center, the site of the Annual Meeting, is conveniently located next to the historic Gaslamp Quarter in the heart of downtown. Here you’ll find some of the city’s finest restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, making it an ideal destination for unwinding after a busy day of instructional courses, symposia, and individualized learning.

For those who like to be on the water, bay cruises offer breathtaking vistas of the San Diego skyline, as well as views of the largest naval base on the west coast of the United States. You may even catch a glimpse of migrating California gray whales!

Or take a ferry ride to nearby Coronado Island, home to beautiful beaches, quaint shops, and the legendary Hotel del Coronado. Built in 1888, the “Del” is a National Historic Landmark and a stunning example of Victorian architecture and splendor. Coronado is also accessible by car via the Coronado Bridge.

If time allows, consider a drive up the coast to La Jolla, play a round of golf at Torrey Pines, or take the kids to Legoland in nearby Carlsbad.

The AAOS Annual Meeting is always a rewarding and educational experience, but remember to have some fun in San Diego. We’re glad you’re here!