What are some good attractions in San Deigo for someone who enjoys old history?

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  • Joe C
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    8 years ago
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    Known as the "Smithsonian of the West" Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the country. You can get a park passport which allows you entry to a dozen museums as well as the zoo.

    http://www.balboapark.org/info/passport.php

    A little known fact is that Orson Welles used the exteriors of the buildings in the movie "Citizen Kane" as a stand in for Xanadu (Hearst Castle). The large aviaries shown in the movie are part of the Zoo.

    My favorite museum in the park is the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. It has some of the largest model layouts in the world. It recreates in minature Califonia's historic rail routes. It is really awesome and a real hidden gem.

    http://www.sdmrm.org/

    Other attractions in the park are the Air and Space Museum, Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Man, the Automotive Museum, the Old Globe Theatre, the Hall of Champions, the Botanical Gardens, and the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world (free concerts on Sunday).

    The USS Midway is an aircraft carrier turned into a museum

    http://www.midway.org/

    Take the trolley from Downtown to Old Town. There is a state park there that recreates life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872.

    http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_ID=663

    The Old Point Loma Lighthouse at the Cabrillo National Monument offers great views of the downtown skyline, San Diego Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. On a clear day you can see all the way to Mexico. The visitor's center has an exhibit describing Cabrillo's discovery of San Diego harbor in 1542. It's also a great place to go whale watching as they migrate along the coast.

    http://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm

    The Mission San Diego de Alcala was the first of the California Missions, each built along the coast a day's ride apart. The yellow mustard plants that bloom all along the coastal hills of California in the spring were originally seeded by the friars as they moved up the coast.

    http://www.missionsandiego.com/

    In Oceanside is the Mission San Luis Rey, the largest of the California Missions.

    http://www.sanluisrey.org/

    The San Pasqual Battlefield is located next to the Wild Animal Park (now called Safari Park). It's where Kit Carson battled the Mexican Army in 1846 during the Mexican American War.

    http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=655

    Check out these sites for more info

    http://www.sandiego.org/nav/Visitors

    http://thebestplacesinsandiego.com/

  • 8 years ago

    Museum of Man

    Natural History Museum

    Old Town (name of a historic part of San Diego)

    San Diego History Center

    San Diego Maritime Museum

    Cabrillo National Monument

    Ancient Gas and Steam Engine Museum

    San Diego Mission De Acala

  • Fox
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    well if you want historic areas I would say old town, balboa park (to say nothing of all the museums), julian (since it's an old gold mining town). The railway museum out near campo....etc

    there's literally a too many to list

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