Begin where it all began
San Diego Old Town was founded in 1769 and is considered to be the birthplace of modern California. Step back in time at the Mormon Battalion Historic Site and discover how the Mormons helped create the Golden State we know today. And if you’re there at the weekend, you might catch the market, where local artisans and food vendors sell their wares from pop-up stalls. This is also one of the city’s best spots for authentic Mexican food.
Be whisked across the world at Mingei
In Japanese, mingei means everybody’s art’ – and at Mingei International Museum, they practice what they preach. Drawn from different countries and different eras, this collection of 26,000 artefacts celebrates the art of the people.
Feel at home in Marston House
Built in 1905 by Sterling and Gill architects, Marston House is one of San Diego’s most important historical landmarks. This frozen-in-time home provides an inside look into the lives of the Marstons, who were once one of the city’s most prominent families. Wander around the house or through the five acres of scenic gardens, for a glimpse of San Diego’s past.
Stay cool in South Park
Once a sleepy residential area, South Park is fast becoming one of San Diego’s hipster hotspots. Start the day with a class at Ginseng Yoga, followed by quinoa fritters at Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro. Then you’ll be fuelled up and ready for some vintage boutique browsing.
Settle down for the day in Presidio Park…
Walk in the footsteps of California’s early European settlers at Presidio Park. Once a Spanish settlement, the site was abandoned in the 1800s after Mexico gained independence. After sitting in ruins, the park, with its historic church and fort, was restored to its former glory in 1925.