San Diego has the largest Naval Base on the west coast and is home to the Pacific Fleet. San Diego's Naval Bases are closed to visitors most of the time, but there are other ways to get a look at the Navy in this port city. An excellent option is to take a harbor cruise that tours past the naval ships. A maritime museum is also available, as well as an aircraft carrier open to visiting.
The one time of year that there are Navy base tours is during Fleet Week San Diego. Events include a Navy Open House at Naval Air Station North Island (September 17-18), Ship Tours at Broadway Pier (September 10-14), Sea & Air Parade on the San Diego bayfront (September 10), Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival (September 17-18) and Miramar Air Show (September 23-25).