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Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego (must see)

Gaslamp Quarter is a sixteen and a half block area that surrounds Fourth and Fifth Avenue in the downtown section of San Diego, California. It is one of the most popular historic attractions in town. In 1870, a man named Alonzo Horton built a wharf at the foot of Fifth Avenue. Afterward, the area became so popular that an entire neighborhood and business sector developed here.

The business nature of the community was the interesting thing about Fifth Avenue. In the 1880s, the area was rather seedy in nature – full of gamblers, thugs, and prostitutes. The likes of Wyatt Earp and Ida Bailey have been to this famous red light district of the late 19th Century. Even after the glare of the evening lights settled, the wharf remained a popular port for Navy shore leave until the First World War.

In modern times, there are theatre venues here, famous restaurants, and wonderful hotels. The local San Diego Community has done a lot of renovation on the buildings in the Quarter. You can also take a walk along the historic district and see all the Victorian style homes here. All were built between 1880 and 1910.

Why You Should Visit:
For nightlife, it's definitely the place to be in San Diego – to eat and party, and to see the last two original gas lamps that are still operational!
There are also lots of hotels, a couple of historical museums and theaters, art galleries, boutiques, rental bicycles and scooters, and a shopping mall. The waterfront is close-by.

Tip:
Try to stay in one of the hotels in the Gaslamp area and be part of it.
Strolling the length of 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Avenues is a good idea as they are all well worth the visit.
Make sure to allow a lot of time and wear good walking shoes!

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Gaslamp Quarter on Map

Sight Name: Gaslamp Quarter
Sight Location: San Diego, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

Walking Tours in San Diego, California

Create Your Own Walk in San Diego

Create Your Own Walk in San Diego

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Diego is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historic Gaslamp District Walking Tour

Historic Gaslamp District Walking Tour

San Diego has taken extra efforts to preserve the architectural beauties of times gone by. Historic preservation is, in itself, a major effort and the Gaslamp Quarter – which features one of the largest collections of Victorian commercial architecture in the western US – deserves its due for a job well done.

There are some great restored museum buildings to see, old hotels with a history to...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Old Town Walking Tour

Old Town Walking Tour

Dubbed as "The Birthplace of California", Old Town San Diego claims to be the first European settlement on the West Coast of the present-day United States and thus, has a long and rich history. It is a charming and happening part of city to stroll around leisurely, with amazing 19th-century houses and lots of local merchants selling unique handicraft items – not to mention the many...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Embarcadero Marina Walking Tour

Embarcadero Marina Walking Tour

Adjacent to downtown San Diego and the Big Bay, Embarcadero Marina is a testament to the region's colorful maritime heritage, offering several outstanding ship museums, vibrant waterfront shopping and dining, and pristine views of the city skyline. Its numerous amenities make it the perfect place for a self-guided walk on your San Diego itinerary.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Top Museums Walking Tour

Top Museums Walking Tour

San Diego has over 90 amazing museums. They reflect the wide variety and interests of the region. The museums present a broad range of collections from classic to contemporary art and from natural history to science. Take this self guided walking tour to explore some of the best known museums in San Diego.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Balboa Park Walking Tour

Balboa Park Walking Tour

Named after the Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Balboa Park is one of the largest cultural parks in USA. The park features 15 famous museums, wonderful gardens, renowned cultural venues and the San Diego Zoo. It is a must see attraction in San Diego and plays host to a constant stream of plays, musicals, museum exhibitions and live concerts. Take this self guided walking tour to discover...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles

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