International Plant & Animal Genome Conference / PAG 32 • January 10-15, 2025  •  San Diego, CA, USA

Welcome to San Diego, California’s second largest city, where blue skies keep watch over 70 miles of  coastline and a gentle Mediterranean climate and friendly locals create a welcoming vibe all its own.

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Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains to the east, and Mexico to the south, the diverse neighborhoods of San Diego are spread out over 4,200 square miles, offering endless opportunities for exploration and activities. Spend a day relaxing in one of the many beach communities, then hiking in the east San Diego County mountains the next.

Explore the urban neighborhoods of San Diego’s downtown, from the iconic Gaslamp District to the eclectic community of Hillcrest. Visit the quaint and charming island town of Coronado or the picturesque village of La Jolla. San Diego’s regions are so unique and diverse; there are plenty of options to discover something new each time you visit.

A great place to start is the San Diego Tourism Authority website to learn more about San Diego’s unique and vibrant regions and the many attractions and activities available.

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Dining & Entertainment

In addition to the San Diego Tourism Authority website we also reccommend visiting and San Diego Magazine.


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San Diego Tours & Attractions

San Diego Tours offers a variety of sightseeing tours and attractions to enjoy in in San Diego, California. You can enjoy a City Tour, Ghost Tour, Walking Tour, Segway Tour, Bicycle Tour, Jet Ski Tour, Whale Watching, or you drive yourself around in a cute little GoCar. Or, you can take one of many San Diego Cruises and enjoy sightseeing, dinner, dancing, and entertainment around the San Diego harbor. 

We also recommend Old Town Trolley Tours, which is "hop-on, hop-off" tour, and has a stop right in front of the Town & Country Hotel.

Getting Around San Diego

Ride the MTS Trolley (a train system which has a stop behind the hotel - at Fashion Valley) or Rapid (bus service) to some of San Diego’s most popular neighborhoods, including Downtown, Little Italy, Old Town, North Park, Petco Park, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza, the USS Midway, San Diego State University, and Qualcomm Stadium, among other popular San Diego destinations. The MTS even heads south to the US/Mexico border at San Ysidro, if you are feeling adventurous!

Riders can use the PRONTO app or a PRONTO card to ride MTS buses and Trolleys. Simply load money to your PRONTO card or app account, then tap or scan every time you ride! Learn more about PRONTO here.

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Hotel Reservation ALERT

WARNING: If you are contacted by a company called “National Travel Association” or any other travel company claiming to sell rooms at the Town & Country Hotel - DO NOT - book your reservation with them. They are not affiliated with the PAG meeting and you are advised to book directly with the Town & Country Hotel using the reservation portal on our Hotel Information page.

Travel Agent

Should you need assistance with your Air Transportation travel plans we would like to recommend Rinis Travel, the official travel agent for the PAG meeting. Please ask for Babette or Mike. 

Note: Rinis cannot assist with hotel bookings.  If you need assistance with hotel bookings and using the portal on the PAG website email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rinis Travel
9517 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Phone: (301)587-1021
(9:30am - 5:00pm EST/Mon-Fri )
(301) 587-3418

PAG 31 Archives

Thank you to all who attended PAG 31!

Archives from our 2024 conference are linked below.

PAG Future Dates

PAG 32 - January 10-15, 2025

PAG 33 - January 9-14, 2026

PAG 34 - January 8-13, 2027

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