City Orientation Walk, San Diego

Jewell of a city adorning the Pacific coast of California, San Diego is a popular destination renowned for its beaches, parks and warm climate. On this walk you will visit some of San Diego's main and less known attractions situated in the historic downtown area.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » San Diego (See other walking tours in San Diego)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: Daniel
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San Diego Convention Center

1) San Diego Convention Center (must see)

The San Diego Convention Center is the largest and most used facility of this kind in the city. You will find the complex in the Marina District of town, within walking distance of Gaslamp Quarter, at 111 West Harbor Drive. It is managed by the San Diego Convention Center Corporation.

It was constructed in 1983 on land that is owned by the Port Authority of San Diego. Upon entering, you may be amazed by the 615,000 square feet of space that constitute the building. It is the 24th largest such...   view more
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Gaslamp Museum

2) Gaslamp Museum (must see)

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is a grand old historic home in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego. It was constructed in 1850 and is the location where the concept for the “New San Diego” began. The idea was the brainchild of Davis and Alonzo Horton, who is widely known as the founder of downtown San Diego.

It takes about an hour to tour the location, but in that time you can see exhibits that retell the story of the formation of the downtown area. Take a look at the...   view more
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Gaslamp Quarter

3) Gaslamp Quarter (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...   view more
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Old City Hall

4) Old City Hall

In the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter is the Old City Hall. It is located at 664 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of Fifth and G Streets, and is a part of the downtown sector of San Diego, California. You will find the building listed as number 46 on the Gaslamp Historic Buildings Registry.

This old beauty is a classic example of Florentine-Italianate architecture. Back in the 1860s, when Italy still had many city states, the city of Florence developed its own style of building artwork, and this...   view more
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Keating Building

5) Keating Building

The Keating Building is an old historic structure located in the old Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. You can find it at the corner of 5th Avenue and F Streets. If you are looking for it on the Gaslamp Quarter Historic Buildings Registry, you will find it listed as number 31.

It was built by Fannie Keating. Her husband, George, was one of the principle owners of Smith and Keating, which was a famous farm equipment supply company of the late 19th Century. Keating died in 1888, and his wife...   view more
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Louis Bank of Commerce

6) Louis Bank of Commerce

This four story building started out as the official headquarters of the Louis Bank of Commerce. It was used for this purpose until 1893, when the famous entrepreneur Isidor Louis put an oyster bar in here that used to be frequented by such famous people as Wyatt Earp.

In fact, there has been some speculation through the years as to how involved Wyatt may have been in the local operation of a business here. The upper floors were turned into what used to be known as the Golden Poppy Hotel,...   view more
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Balboa Theater

7) Balboa Theater

The historic Balboa Theater is a real gem of the downtown San Diego area. Its address is 868 Fourth Avenue. It was built in the 1920s, during a time in American history when people loved grandiose style movie houses. It has a seating capacity of 1600, which is almost unheard of in modern style theatres. Just try and find an IMAX that big.

During WWII, the building was converted into temporary housing for the United State Navy. After the war, the theater did not do well, and almost fell into...   view more
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St. Joseph's Cathedral

8) St. Joseph's Cathedral

St. Joseph Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral located in the Cortez Hill neighborhood of downtown San Diego. It is the seat of the Diocese of San Diego. The parish was founded in 1874. The original St. Joseph's Church was a frame building at Third and Beech built in 1875 under the leadership of Father Antonio Ubach with land donated by Alonzo Horton. Adjacent to the church was an adobe house where Ubach lived. The church was dedicated in 1875 by Bishop Francis Mora. In 1894 a much larger...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Our Lady of the Rosary Church

9) Our Lady of the Rosary Church

The Our Lady of the Rosary Church is located in a part of San Diego, California known as “Little Italy.” It was founded in 1921, in an effort to minister to the rising Italian population in the area. Father Sylvester Rabagliati became the first priest to the fledgling congregation.

The building was started two years later, and the project was completed in time for an inauguration in 1939. The Depression of the time made to hard to finish the project during the 1920s. Mass started here...   view more
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Little Italy

10) Little Italy (must see)

Little Italy is an old and historic Italian neighborhood in the downtown sector of San Diego. It started in the 19th century and was primarily populated by Italian immigrants who came to this part of California for the fishing trade. The location grew over time, and the local Italian population recreated some of their favorite parts of Italy here. This part of the San Diego Bay area, though, was a natural for the immigrants, as the general weather, seaside, and fishing is very similar to Italy...   view more
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Maritime Museum of San Diego

11) Maritime Museum of San Diego (must see)

The Maritime Museum is one of the more unique places to visit in San Diego. It was opened in 1948 when the need was identified to have a place to preserve some of the old ships of the world. In today’s times, it helps to maintain one of the largest collections of ships you can find anywhere in the U.S. It is located in San Diego Bay, just south of the International Airport.

One of the big attractions is the famed Star of India, which is an 1863 model ironbark. You will also want to visit...   view more

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.
Top Museums Walking Tour in San Diego

Top Museums Walking Tour in San Diego

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

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Core-Columbia Nightlife

Core-Columbia Nightlife

San Diego is famous for its buzzy nightlife. There are plenty of clubs and lounges in the city that offer a relaxing atmosphere, a chance to strike a nice conversation, enjoy great cocktails - classic signature martinis and beautifully mixed drinks with fine liquor atop, and party crazy all night long. Take this walking tour for a unique nightlife experience in San Diego.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave San Diego without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to San Diego, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave San Diego without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to San Diego, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.7 km
Gaslamp Quarter Nightlife

Gaslamp Quarter Nightlife

San Diego is famous for its buzzy nightlife. There are plenty of clubs and lounges in the city that offer a relaxing atmosphere, a chance to strike a nice conversation, enjoy great cocktails - classic signature martinis and beautifully mixed drinks with fine liquor atop, and party crazy all night long. Take this walking tour for a unique nightlife experience in San Diego.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour, San Diego

Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour, San Diego

Gaslamp Quarter is a historical neighborhood established in 1876. It features 16 blocks of wonderful buildings, unique shops, amazing galleries and a wide range of restaurants. This tour highlights some of the most important tourists attractions in San Diego.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km

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Souvenir Shopping Guide: 14 Gifts That Say San Diego

Souvenir Shopping Guide: 14 Gifts That Say San Diego

San Diego is known for its beautiful, temperate climate, but you can’t take the weather home with you. If you want a piece of San Diego as a souvenir, it’s best to shop with the natives. Whether it is made locally or just made famous locally, following are 14 perfect gifts that capture the...