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San Diego Attractions for a Historical Journey

Author 09-30-2020

When one thinks of San Diego, they probably think about all of the incredible attractions and activities they can access in the city. San Diego is a prime destination for all kinds of fun, but San Diego also has a rich history that can be fully explored depending on where you look during your upcoming vacation getaway. Here are a few San Diego attractions to show you the historical side of our area during your visit:

Balboa Park

There is not a more famous historical site in all of San Diego than Balboa Park. This important San Diego site is where you can find the ever-popular San Diego Zoo, but Balboa Park is much more than that. The park is spread out on over 1,200 acres of beautiful San Diego terrain. Botanical gardens are found all across the park, giving visitors something to marvel at and take pictures. In addition to the zoo, Balboa Park also houses 15 museums, performing arts theaters, incredible restaurants, and some upscale shopping. Each of these locales are built in the eye-catching Spanish Moor architecture style for which San Diego is known. A visit to Balboa Park will probably take you all day, and that’s not a bad thing!

Chinese Historic District

While Los Angeles might be better known for its sprawling Chinatown neighborhood, San Diego’s is nothing to pass up. San Diego’s Chinatown neighborhood, also known as the San Diego Asian Pacific Historic District, is a sight to see. This neighborhood originated in the 1860s and was eventually settled by abalone fishermen. Unfortunately, most of the Asian population was not allowed to live anywhere else in the San Diego city boundaries. Luckily, that changed when the Chinese Exclusion Act was repealed in 1943 and allowed the Asian population to live anywhere in the city. Since 1987, the Chinese Historic District has been a designated historical district. The best way to learn and experience the history of the Chinese Historic District is by visiting the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. The museum houses historical artifacts and explores Chinese culture and arts. The museum features three separate buildings and is always rotating its exhibits.

Gaslamp Quarter District

Another well-known neighborhood in San Diego is the Gaslamp Quarter. This lively district is especially known for a dazzling nightlife and some delicious restaurants. The Gaslamp Quarter District stretches out over 16 blocks and is officially on the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood became popular early on as many business owners made deals in the area. Alonzo Horton, a famous real estate developer from the 19th century and namesake of San Diego’s Horton Plaza, previously lived in the neighborhood too. Walking around the Gaslamp Quarter District will provide you with all kinds of historical sites and plenty of fun activities!

USS Midway Aircraft Carrier

When you take a look out onto the water off the coast of San Diego, you may catch a glimpse of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier. The USS Midway was the longest-serving aircraft carrier, after serving a total of 47 years for the Navy and having over 225,000 service members total. It saw many battles, specifically from the end of World War II up to Operation Desert Storm. While learning about a historical vessel is fun and all, it is much more exciting to see up close in person! You can do just that with a tour of the USS Midway found in the Port of San Diego. Visitors to the USS Midway can enjoy a self-guided tour when they purchase a ticket. You will be given headphones that will play an audio tour you can enjoy at your convenience. Sit in an actual helicopter, check out the flight simulators and so much more when you take a tour of the USS Midway. Grab a unique gift to take home from the gift shop. Regardless of how you spend your time at the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, you will remember it for years to come!

Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade

One of the most important historical figures in US history is Martin Luther King, Jr. This civil rights leader is honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade featured in San Diego. This historical monument features beautiful sculptures, fountains, and a maze of hedges. The promenade is the host of the annual MLK Day Celebration and features an abundance of activities including food and music. Come experience this historical site the next time you visit San Diego.

More History in San Diego

Experiencing all these of historical sites and attractions can make for an exciting visit to San Diego. Get ready for your historical journey by reserving a vacation rental in the area. Our properties include luxury amenities and spacious layouts where you can relax. Call today and get ready for your San Diego journey!