Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour, San Diego, 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.
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Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour, San Diego Map

Guide Name: Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour, San Diego
Guide Location: USA » San Diego (See other walking tours in San Diego)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Author: doris
Balboa Theater

1) 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
Louis Bank of Commerce

2) 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
Keating Building

3) 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
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
Gaslamp Museum

5) 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
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

6) San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is a one of a kind in town. It tells the story of the people who came here in the 1800s to work in gold mines, fish for tuna, and build railroads. It is located in the Marina District of the downtown sector of town.

The original Chinatown started in and around Third Avenue, which was south of the current location for the museum. By the Exposition of 1915, many of the original Chinese immigrants were already on their way back to China. Only the most...   view more
San Diego Convention Center

7) 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

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.
Old Town Walking Tour, San Diego

Old Town Walking Tour, San Diego

Old Town San Diego is considered the "birthplace" of California. The Old Town Historic Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. It features amazing old historic houses, unique specialty shops, the first San Diego newspaper office and spectacular gardens. Take this walking tour to discover some of the most beautiful sights that the Old Town of San Diego has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
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
Balboa Park Walking Tour, San Diego

Balboa Park Walking Tour, San Diego

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 walking tour to discover the amazing Balboa Park in San Diego.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 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
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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 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...