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What you should know about Old Town

Old Town is not only where San Diego began, back in the mid-18th century—it also marks the first European settlement on the West Coast. Many of the buildings from that time are preserved or lovingly reconstructed in its heritage park. As such Old Town is the place to come to if you're looking for an authentic taste of life in Spanish and 19th-century America. It also has some wonderful parks, with great views over the cosmopolitan city that has grown up around it.

Hotels in Old Town

With historical tourism as the big draw for those coming here, accommodation in San Diego’s Old Town doesn't disappoint. The Old Town San Diego State Historic Park has been the most visited state park in California, so there a fair number of comfortable, affordable hotels in Old Town San Diego. Most are mid-range, modern hotels with old-world Hispanic styling. But some, like the highly regarded Cosmopolitan Hotel, get fully into the 19th-century heritage look and feel, complete with antique furnishings and costumed staff. Others, like the friendly and popular Fairfield Inn & Suites, combine contemporary facilities with a dash of style and superb service.

Things to see in Old Town

The Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is naturally top of the list for many visitors to this neighborhood. Here you can wander around the historic adobe house of the Casa de Estudillo, watch a blacksmith at work, or admire a working collection of old-time horse-drawn carriages. The Heritage County Park next door showcases some fascinating 19th-century houses, which were moved here from elsewhere in San Diego. The foundations of the San Diego Presidio fort sit on the hill above both these parks. The Presidio dates back to 1769, and much of the history from that era is explained in the Junipero Serra Museum, also in the Presidio Park. Lastly, a little further down San Diego Avenue is the Whaley House, the original home of local notable Thomas Whaley. While this is now a museum, it is best known in San Diego as a haunted house, thanks to a series of tragic events.

Good for Families

With its numerous historical sights, pretty parks, and easy walking, San Diego's Old Town makes for a great destination for family vacations. Whether it’s absorbing the atmosphere of times gone by, or enjoying fresh air well away from crowded Downtown, kids will find plenty of distraction here. There is a fantastic food scene too, with everything from Mexican restaurants through Irish pubs to Italian eateries packed in this small neighborhood. Old Town hotel rates can also be quite reasonable, depending on the season. And don't forget that Old Town is also well-located for Sea World and attractions in Mission Valley.

How to get to Old Town

While Old Town is a little way out of central San Diego, it is conveniently close to San Diego International Airport, which is just a mile to the south. The Old Town Transportation Center, with its excellent commuter rail and trolley connections to Downtown San Diego, sits right next to the Historic State Park. For those coming by car, Old Town is also easy to reach—the I-5 and I-8 highways intersect just to the west. The neighborhood itself is quite small, and so travel in Old Town on foot makes perfect sense.

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