A couple weeks ago, we celebrated the traditions of America with the Fourth of July. On Independence Day, we remembered our nation’s founding and the sacrifice paid for our freedoms. While the Fourth of July is a single day where we observe the nation’s past, the city of San Diego is also home to many traditions that can be celebrated any day of the year.
There is no greater place to observe San Diego’s Spanish and Old Western heritage than in Old Town. The area which was first discovered by Spanish explorers later become a home to settlers and now is a historic piece of San Diego. From museums chronicling San Diego’s early beginnings to Mexican restaurants offering the best tortillas, visitors can get a firsthand look into this city’s colorful past.
San Diego is also a military town and is proud to be home to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. The history of MCRD is a large part of what the military installation stands for today. Most families visit for Marine graduation as the MCRD is responsible for the recruitment and training of thousands of new Marines each year. In addition to the MCRD, other San Diego military sights to see include the USS Midway Museum, the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, and the Cabrillo National Monument.
Another great way to explore a bit of San Diego’s history is by staying at the Marina Inn hotel in downtown San Diego. Guests of the Marina Inn are in close proximity to the historic Gaslamp Quarter. While the Gaslamp has undergone revitalization efforts and is home to newly constructed high rises and condos, much of the downtown district has been preserved to pay tribute to its past. The streets are lined with buildings from the Victorian era and the infamous archway still marks the entrance of downtown, signifying the continued efforts toward redeveloping the area.
Do you know of any other historic sites in San Diego? Share them with us!