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Sightseeing in San Diego

National Park
“Excellent place with awesome views. I think its the best place in San Diego for views. National Parks pass is free to enter $10 per vehicle”
304 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Great restaurants and walk around at all time of day or night. This area is in downtown, a 15 minutes Uber ride away.”
243 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
$$
“ WELCOME TO OLD TOWN SAN DIEGO OLD TOWN is the historic heart of San Diego. Created in 1769, Old Town San Diego was California’s first settlement with only a mission and a fort. Wander through lush gardens or browse at one of the many specialty shops for treasures from around the world. Indulge in authentic Mexican food at one of the many restaurants or dance to the strolling mariachis. Pause to reflect at the fountains at Fiesta de Reyes and in the Bazaar del Mundo and plan a day or two to visit the dozens of historic sites. Take a tour of a haunted building and spend a day at one of the many museums. Year round, Old Town is the place for food, folklore, and fun. Visit Old Town, celebrate San Diego’s heritage, and bask in early California ambiance. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is in the center of Old Town. Here you can experience life from the early Mexican-American period of 1821-1872 through rich living history programs. Watch forms come to life at the blacksmith and woodworker shops, and read a newspaper from the 19th century. Old Town San Diego, where Interstate 5 and Interstate 8 meet, is nestled in the heart of San Diego. Old Town is just across the street from the San Diego Trolley Old Town Transit Center, across the freeway from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) and a short drive from most San Diego destinations. ”
81 locals recommend
History Museum
“Great views from the Historic California Tower. Amazing traveling exhibitions that have included Torture and Cannibals. ”
38 locals recommend
National Park
“The views from the monument are gorgeous. You can see both the coastline and the harbor and city from spots.”
23 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Balboa Park Gardens are cultivated areas of Balboa Park in San Diego, California.”
16 locals recommend
Church
“This was California's first mission. In 1769, the Spanish Franciscan Father from Majorca, Junipero Serra, founded the mission stations, the first of which was built in San Diego. A few years after it was founded, however, it was moved six miles inland because disputes had arisen between the Spanish troops and the Indians. In 1775, the Indians set fire to the new mission; the Fathers sought refuge with the army and it was 1777 before they built a new mission station with the help of the Indians. However, it quickly became dilapidated following secularization. Today, visitors can see the old church with a bell-tower, declared a basilica in the 1970s; a beautiful garden; and a small museum. It is a National Historic Landmark. Address: 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, California”
29 locals recommend
Park
“Great local community park with playground for kids. Community organization hosts concerts in the park series for several Fridays every summer.”
27 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
$
“Coffee, pastries, yummy sandwiches and salads at this cafe. Free wifi and a great space to get some work done. ”
25 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Museum of Man is exactly what it sounds like: an anthropologic museum of ancient artifacts and the history of humans. Mummies, ancient findings, and evolutionary evidence is the majority of the exhibits but there’s also exhibits just for kids with interactive learning as well. To get into the California Tower is an extra $5 and the St. Francis Chapel is very beautiful and a must see if you are going to the museum. $5 extra for the tower isn’t so steep, considering the admission is only $13. ”
4 locals recommend
History Museum
“Striking early 20th century home located just north of Balboa Park. Guided tours Friday - Monday. ”
5 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“The central feature of Cabrillo National Monument atop the Point Loma Peninsula is the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, which was erected by the U.S. Government in 1855. With spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the San Diego Bay, the downtown skyline, and Coronado, the sights in Point Loma are unparallelled. However, there's more to do and see than just gorgeous views, including some popular and lesser-known activities like the Lighthouse or the Fort Rosecrans Cemetary.”
8 locals recommend
History Museum
“If spooky things are your thing, take a tour of the old Whaley House Museum. It is said to be haunted..... !”
5 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“Located on the military base at the southern tip of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse (built in 1855) served as a beacon for sailors for centuries, and today serves as a link to our past. The Old Point Loma Lighthouse stood watch over the entrance to San Diego Bay for 36 years. At dusk on November 15, 1855, the light keeper climbed the winding stairs and lit the light for the first time. What seemed to be a good location 422 feet above sea level, however, had a serious flaw. Fog and low clouds often obscured the light. On March 23, 1891, the light was extinguished and the keeper moved to a new lighthouse location closer to the water at the tip of the Point.”
4 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
Historic Site
“See how San Diego was settled in a free and fun interactive presentation and kids pan for gold”
3 locals recommend