The military is embedded into San Diego’s history. Old San Diego originally started as a Spanish military outpost. Since then, military presence around the hub has increased to include the Naval Base of San Diego, the largest west coast Navy base and Camp Pendleton, the largest west coast expeditionary training facility for Marines and one of the oldest recruiting centers. Visitors who are interested in experiencing the military influence of San Diego can do so by visiting the following destinations:
- Marine Corps Recruit Depot – The MCRD has a Command Museum on base which is open to the public to visit and tour. Training about 17,000 recruits each year, the MCRD also brings hundreds of families to San Diego for the Graduation Ceremony. If you are planning a trip to see your Recruit graduate, stay at the affordable Marina Inn by the MCRD and enjoy our close proximity to the depot and prime downtown location.
- Liberty Station – A formal Naval training center, the area has been preserved to maintain its appearance from when it was a Navy base. Liberty station consists of a retail and commercial district with a promenade, a few hotels and a park. Known as one of the largest historical preservation projects in San Diego, visitors can still view anti-aircraft guns and other memorabilia throughout the base.
- USS Midway Museum – Situated on the San Diego Harbor, visitors enjoy a great view and are transported into the past with a visit to the famous USS Midway. Aboard the aircraft carrier, visitors can participate in a guided audio tour or explore the exhibits on their own. Located within blocks of the Midway Museum, the Marina Inn on the San Diego Harbor is ideally located for experiencing San Diego’s military influence.
The Marina Inn & Suites is a preferred hotel by many military families, within minutes of the above destinations, San Diego beaches and the lively downtown district. We are also located near many cultural attractions including Little Italy and Balboa Park. Enjoy the rich history of this one of a kind city and reserve a spacious room at the Marina Inn today.