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Antiquing   In the past few years particularly, Antiquing has developed into increasingly prevalent. People rummage high and low for collectible bits and pieces and antique furnitures alike. Perhaps the younger age bracket has learned to be conscious of what their ancestors had. On Adams Avenue in the Kensington area, Ocean Beach, Carlsbad, Leucadia, and Ramona one can uncover tons of small, privately-owned boutiques. But, aside from the individual antique shops, San Diego is home to many antique malls each hosting at least 85 vendors! From small treasures to furniture, estate to vintage jewelry, anything and everything can be found in these malls. Some of the more popular malls include ones in Old Town, Ocean Beach, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, San Marcos and Oceanside.
Baja California (800) 522-1516 Baja California is just south of San Diego and consists of many popular tourist areas surrounding the border. Tijuana, Ensenada, Pureto Nuevo and Rosarito Beach have multiple attractions including the Jai alai games, sightseeing, shopping, gulf and ocean fishing as well as a numerous selection of restaurants and nightclubs. If you’d rather not drive and have to get Mexican insurance, San Diego’s Trolley stops just north of the border which is helpful for easy walking access to Tijuana.
Cabrillo National Monument 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr., San Diego (619) 557-5469 The Cabrillo National Monument is sited at the end of Point Loma and it overlooks the entrance to San Diego Bay. Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriques Cabrillo landed in California in 1542, marking the first time Europeans discovered the state. The visitor’s center and monument are right near the harbor and coastline from the Mexican border to La Jolla. The region consists of a historic lighthouse open to visitors, hiking trails, Coastal Defense (a former army radio station), tide-pools and standard programs displaying the marine life such as the California gray whale as well as the history of the area.
Gardening Quail Botanical Gardens: (760) 436-3036

San Diego Master Gardener Association: (858) 694-2860

For the green thumb that is dying to display the wide variety of flowers, shrubs, trees, fruits and vegetables that San Diego’s weather can support all year long, there are multiple spring and summer shows for their productions of flora and fauna. One popular show is the Del Mar Fair Show at which gardeners show their larger flowers.
Gaslamp Quarter Fifth Ave. between Market St. and Harbor Dr. San Diego (619) 223-4692 16 blocks of antique gas lamps and Victorian style buildings make up the Gaslamp Quarter. The area hosts over 40 unique restaurants often including live music and entertainments as well as many various shopping districts open late into the night providing a very exciting nightspot. In September, the quarter’s centerpiece, the Horton Grand Hotel, is home to the three-day San Diego Street Scene festival. Bystanders can watch over 100 performing acts on outdoor stages as well as food and live entertainment.
Harbor Tours California Cruisin’: (619) 296-8000; (800) 44-YACHT (9-2248)

Hornblower Cruises & Events: (619) 686-8700; (619) 686-8715 - Reservations

If you’re looking for a unique way to watch the city, bay, and harbor commotion, Harbor Tours can do exactly that. Along with your tour, you can chose from a variety of occasions such as dinner dance cruises, special event cruises, and even winter whale watching!
Hotel del Coronado 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado (619) 435-6611 This hotel is one of the area’s oldest and most photographed attractions and has been historically named the “castle by the sea.” The Hotel del Coronado, built in 1888, has been shown in famous Hollywood films such as, “Some Like it Hot.” The “Hotel Del” as it is commonly referred to, has attracted guests including presidents, royalty and many other rich and famous to it’s five star resort, 10 elegant restaurants and numerous shops.
La Jolla From I-5 Ardath Ave. to Torrey Pines Rd. In previous years, La Jolla was a calm beach area. Today the area is booming with and even seaside including, classy cuisine restaurants, and even art galleries, as well as hotels and quaint shops. It is a great area for tourists and sightseers alike.
Little Italy   What was once home to San Diego’s thriving tuna fishing business and the Italian immigrants who manned its boats, is now downtown’s Little Italy, full of inviting European charm. Along India Street and Kettner Boulevard, the neighborhood’s main roads, tourists and locals alike encounter a wide variety of restaurants, cafes deli markets, bakeries, shops and art galleries that make a visit here an Old-World encounter.

Little Italy is full of some of the city’s finest traditional Italian restaurants, delis and bakeries. Other culinary delights include the artful “American Native” cuisine of Indigo Grill; the quirky classic fisherman’s dive, The Waterfront; and the British Princess pub, perfect for a pint of ale and an order of traditional fish and chips.

Little Italy also is a haven for local artists and their work. Throughout this exciting neighborhood visitors can browse through gallery showrooms, art supply stores, photography shops and unique home furnishing establishments. Common annual culture events include the Art Wak in April, where guests can take self-guided tours into the work environments of local artists, the Sicilian Street Festival in May and the 13th annual Little Italy Precious Fiesta in October, with its exciting street painting festival, Italian food and craft booths and three stages of live entertainment among other activities. For more information on Little Italy, visit

-- San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau
Military U.S. Naval Surface Shop, Public Information Office: (619) 437-2735 Whether you come from a naval family or not, the U.S. Navy officers offer naval surface ship tours of guided missile cruisers, guided missile destroyers, destroyers, guided missile frigates, amphibious assault ships and amphibious landing ships. Visiting the U.S. Naval ships can be a wonderful activity for anyone and everyone. Bring the entire family or come by yourself! It's sure to be an informative time.
San Diego Area Missions Junipero Serra Museum
2727 Presidio Dr., San Diego (619) 297-3258

Mission San Antonio de Pala
Pala Mission Rd., Pala (760) 742-1600

Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala
10818 San Diego Mission Rd., San Diego (619) 281-8449

Mission San Juan Capistrano
Two blocks west of Hwy. 74 and I-5, San Juan Capistrano (714) 248-2048

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia
4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside (760) 757-3651

Mission Santa Ysabel 23013
Highway 79, Santa Ysabel (760) 765-0810

The Spanish heritage of San Diego is thriving, alive, and well; this area’s beautiful missions serve as a preservation of the hispanic culture. Mission San Diego de Alcala hosts daily services in the originally built chapel of Father Junipero Serra. The largest of 21 California locations, Mission San luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside often holds weekend affairs. Near Palomar Mountain is Mission San Antonia de Pala which, along with Mission Santa Ysabel near Julian, even serves as a place of worship for local Native Americans.
S.D. Military Towns   As one of the largest military mulitplexes in the free world, San Diego has 11 navy, Marine and Coast Guard installations, including Camp Pendleton Marine Base, Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, and Naval Station San Diego, which won Navy Times’ top honor as the 2004 Best Base in the United States.

Two aircraft carriers-- the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz, 50 surface warfare ships and six submarines are additionally home ported in San Diego’s beautiful, native anchorage. Also, the USS Midway, a custom-built aircraft carrier, now calls San Diego home and is the location of the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum.

San Diego’s notable military presence and accomplishments have amazed visitors and residents alike for decades, from the U.S. Navy’s notable aviation achievements in Coronado in the early 1900’s, as well as the very first successful sea-plane flight in 1911, to the founding of Top Gun, the infamous elite Navy Fighter training school previously located at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar.
Seaport Village 849 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego (619) 235-4013, 235-4014 Seaport Village is a Picturesque area of San Diego that offers waterfront dining and shopping centers which depict the century-old harborside. The area is home to over 75 wonderful and unique shops and boutiques, numerous galleries, 12 eateries and four major restaurants. If you'd rather simply view the scenery, another interesting side attraction is the horse-drawn carriage rides that can be found around the area. Conveniently located right downtown and near many major hotels, Seaport Village is a great attraction for many tourists and locals alike.

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