Best Historical Places in San Diego

Best Historical Places in San Diego from The Wanderer Guides Blog.

San Diego is rich in history. Everywhere you turn, you see a historic site of one kind or another. Here’s a list of the best spots within the city to take in history:

  • Balboa Park: so much history in the buildings, in the museums and in the trees (seriously, the plant layout was designated by Kate Sessions way back in the early 1900s and for the most part, Balboa Park looks the same as was originally intended).
  • Banker’s Hill: many beautiful and old houses.
  • Cabrillo National Monument: San Diego’s only National Park.
  • Chicano Park: on the National Register of Historic Places with its 67 murals.
  • Heritage Park: holds many of San Diego’s original homes.
  • Marston House: Arts and Crafts style house from the early 1900s.
  • Maritime Museum: 2 ships in the Museum’s holdings are on the National Register of Historic Places (Star of India and the Berkeley) .
  • Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala: the oldest mission in California.
  • Old Padre Dam: in Mission Trails, it’s the first major irrigation project on the Pacific Coast.
  • Old Town: everything here preserves and recreates early San Diego.
  • Pantoja Park: oldest park in downtown San Diego.
  • Presidio Park: first of the presidios by the Spanish in the 1700s.
  • Santa Fe Depot: opened in 1915 and is still one of the most active train stops in the US
  • US Grant Hotel: over 100 years old; many famous people have stayed here (Einstein, Lindbergh and 13 presidents!).
  • Villa Montezuma: awesome mansion from the late 1800s.
  • Whaley House: haunted and old!
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