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San Diego Pop Culture

Preview San Diego's scenery with Almost Famous, the story of local boy Cameron Crowe's brush with rock 'n' roll fame. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is based on a former local newscaster—the zoo scenes are hilarious. The Hotel del Coronado has served as the stage set for several flicks, most famously in  Some Like it Hot. Tom Cruise gives a believable performance as a local fly boy in Top Gun, and the all too familiar underground drug economy is featured in Traffic.  Check out the surf scene by reading Tom Wolfe's The Pump House Gang. Of course, you must load up your iPod with The Beach Boys, but be sure to mix in tunes from Jason Mraz, Jewel, AJ Croce, and Frank Zappa—they all honed their chops in San Diego's bars.