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  • 1 Balboa Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Plaza de Panama USA - San Diego CA 92101

    San Diego's cultural focal point is a 1,200-acre park rising immediately to the north of downtown. Velvet lawns, lush gardens and century-old shade trees harbor a world-renowned zoo, outdoor and indoor performance spaces, and a wealth of diverse muse..

  • 2 Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    2613 San Diego Ave USA - San Diego CA 92110

    A broad plaza surrounded by restored adobe and wood structures marks the original heart of San Diego, dating from the 1820s. Situated at the foot of Presidio Hill, it became known as Old Town when it was eclipsed by the development of waterfront New ..

  • 3 Air & Space Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2001 Pan American Plaza USA - San Diego CA 92101

    The white and blue ring-shaped Art Moderne structure (1935), formerly called the Ford Building, housed a demonstration automobile assembly line for the California Pacific Exposition. The Aerospace Museum has been here since 1980.Dedicated to chronicl..

  • 4 San Diego Museum of Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1450 El Prado USA - San Diego CA 92101

    The collection here totals more than 12,000 objects, with particular strengths in Renaissance, Baroque, Asian and American art. It's housed in a 1926 building in Balboa Park. The elaborate Plateresque facade of the building was inspired by the entry ..

  • 5 San Diego Zoo Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    2920 Zoo Dr. USA - San Diego CA 92101

    One of the largest, most diverse and most celebrated zoological parks in the world, the San Diego Zoo occupies 100 acres of lushly landscaped hillsides and ravines at the northern end of Balboa Park. Some 4,000 animals represent 800 different species..

  • 6 Cabrillo National Monument Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr. USA - San Diego CA 92106

    Located on the crest of a sandstone ridge 400ft above the sea, this park at the southern tip of Point Loma commemorates the European exploration of the US Pacific coast in 1542 and preserves one of the oldest lighthouses on the West Coast. Juan Rodrí..

  • 7 SeaWorld San Diego Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    500 SeaWorld Drive USA - San Diego CA 92109

    Situated in attractive Mission Bay Park, this waterfront attraction mixes entertainment and education in a venue designed to heighten awareness of conservation issues.The park had just four attractions when it opened in 1964 on a 22-acre site on the ..

  • 8 Serra Museum Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2727 Presidio Dr. USA - San Diego CA 92103

    Looming over the western end of Mission Valley, this stately, white museum building (1929, William Templeton Johnson) is a San Diego landmark. Capped by a commanding tower, the Mission Revival structure features characteristic Spanish Colonial elemen..

  • 9 Timken Museum of Art Interesting

    Museums and art

    1500 El Prado USA - San Diego CA 92101

    Sleekly clad in Italian travertine marble, the compact, single-story museum (1965, Frank Hope) displays in its six galleries and rotunda the Putnam Foundation Collection, a trove of art spanning 600 years, as well as high-qualty traveling exhibitions..

  • 10 U.S. Grant Hotel Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    326 Broadway USA - San Diego CA 92101

    Downtown's stateliest hotel, this massive 11-story Italian Renaissance Revival structure (1910) faces Horton Plaza. In 1895 Fannie Grant, daughter-in-law of 18th US President Ulysses S. Grant, bought the Horton House Hotel that had occupied the site ..

  • 11 Villa Montezuma Interesting

    Religious buildings

    1925 K St. USA - San Diego CA 92102

    Erected in 1887, this elaborate mansion was commissioned by wealthy city residents for Jesse Shepard, a popular musician, spiritualist and author who was persuaded to remain in San Diego by the promise of a great home in which to perform and hold sal..

  • 12 William Heath Davis House Interesting

    Museums and art

    410 Island Ave. USA - San Diego CA 92101

    The Gaslamp District's oldest surviving structure, a two-story saltbox built from a Sears catalog on the East Coast in 1850 and shipped around Cape Horn, is named San Franciscan William Heath Davis, a San Francisco financier who tried, yet failed, to..

  • 13 Children's Museum / Museo de los Niños Interesting

    Museums and art

    200 W. Island Ave. USA - San Diego CA 92101

    The museum is building a state-of-the-art new facility in San Diego's marina district. Projected date of completion is fall 2007.

  • 14 Emerald Plaza Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    402 W. Broadway USA - San Diego CA 92101

    This 30-story cluster of eight hexagonal glass office towers (1990, C.W. Kim) lights the downtown skyline by night with the glow of emerald-green neon. The complex includes the Wyndham Hotel, whose 100ft-high atrium is dominated by a hanging green gl..

  • 15 Horton Grand Hotel Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    311 Island Ave. USA - San Diego CA 92101

    Regal bay windows front San Diego's oldest Victorian-era hotel (1886), named after influential developer Alonzo Horton. Restored in 1981, the structure combines two hotels that were dismantled from their original sites in the downtown area and reloca..

  • 16 Maritime Museum of San Diego Interesting

    Museums and art

    1492 N. Harbor Dr. USA - San Diego CA 92101

    Three historic ships, two replicas, a submarine and their onboard exhibits form the core of a museum dedicated to the city's maritime history. The highlight of the collection is the Star of India. Launched as the British full-rigged ship Euterpe on N..

  • 17 Marston House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - San Diego CA 92101

    The 8,500sq-ft Arts and Crafts mansion (1905, Irving Gill) was built as the home of local department-store owner George White Marston-benefactor of Presidio Park-and his wife, Anna Gunn Marston. Currently operated by the San Diego Historical Society ..

  • 18 Mingei International Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    1439 El Prado USA - San Diego CA 92101

    This folk art museum occupies six galleries on two levels of a building known since 1934 as the House of Charm. Mingei, a term by scholar Soetsu Yanagi, combines the Japanese words for people (min) and art (gei). Changing exhibits of traditional and ..

  • 19 Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala Interesting

    Religious buildings

    10818 San Diego Mission Road USA - San Diego CA 92108

    California's first mission, with its gleaming white stucco façade and distinctive five-bell campanario, occupies a secluded site on the north slope of the San Diego River valley. The Mother of the Missions was named for St. Didacus of Alcalá, a 15C S..

  • 20 Museum of Photographic Arts Interesting

    Museums and art

    1649 El Prado USA - San Diego CA 92101

    Expanded fourfold in 2000, this museum has reinvented itself with vast exhibition galleries, a 228-seat theater, and a learning center with a photo library. The permanent collection of 4,000 19C-20C works features Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Margaret..

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