Surfing to San Diego

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There are plenty of places on the Web devoted to travel to, and within, the San Diego area. A good place to start is Excite's travel page, www.city.net/countries/united_ states/california/san diego, which provides maps and information on local weather and transportation. There are links to other sites under more than 20 different headings, including "area attractions," "food and drink," "parks and gardens" and "arts and entertainment."

Quick Aid (www.quickaid.com/airports/san/mainmenu.html) offers a guide to San Diego International Airport, including a map of the terminal as well as ground transportation information.

A very informative source for things to do and local excursions is the Lake Hodges House site (www.zweb.com /lake-hodges-house). There is a page with links to (and details on) dozens of local sightseeing attractions and parks, including the San Diego Aerospace Museum, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, the Model Railroad Museum and cruises on Mission Bay.

Seeing all the conference and exhibition has to offer will leave you with a healthy appetite. Luckily, San Diego is known for its many great restaurants. If our own selections on page 26 of this month's conference guide supplement don't cover enough gastronomic ground, visit www.bpe.com/food/dining/nam /sandiego for a listing of personal reviews by Elaine Sosa, ranked by price. A more comprehensive guide is the Dining San Diego magazine Web site (www.diningsandiego.com), which allows you to search by cuisine or area, and has interesting features on the local culinary scene.

The Zoom guide (w3.thegroup.net/-zoom) is a great resource for entertainment information, with an extensive list of area movie theaters and show times, listings for nightclubs, music venues, classical music, theater (including where to get half-price tickets), dancing and art.

The San Diego Visitor Information Center (www.infosandiego.com) offers details on and discount tickets for local attractions such as the San Diego Zoo and the Old Town Trolley, and an online Pathfinder with up-to-date listings on restaurants and other points of interest.

Most of your daytime hours will be spent getting all you can out of the conference and exhibition, but if you're bringing someone who will have their days free, or if you're planning to stay over the weekend, you'll definitely want to visit one of the area's beautiful beaches. The City of San Diego's Web site (www. …