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Points of Interest & Landmarks in San Diego

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  • Hari A
    Delta, Canada632 contributions
    San Diego has scenic areas. The National Veterans Memorial brings back memories with great scenery around.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • MamaMia796
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA783 contributions
    The buildings are so unique it looks futuristic. We were allowed in with a visitors pass to see the Defense. What a beautiful place to work.
    Written 23 October 2019
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  • noxiousburrito
    Ann Arbor, MI257 contributions
    Old fashioned tourist trap. Lots of fun things to do, surrounded by places selling margaritas! Fun stores to shop in and lots of sites to see.
    Written 21 May 2022
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  • Traveler161
    3 contributions
    We stayed at the Grande Colonial, right in the heart of the village. We had no car on this trip. One in our party has walking issues, so everything we did was geared toward that. The hotel currently only has room service breakfast due to COVID so we ate breakfast at Richard Walkers right across the street. Very friendly, short wait, and good typical breakfast food. We had dinner at The Spot. Great salads and burgers, and good vibes. Gerard Street has an Indy book store, Warwick’s, a hardware store to putter around in, and lots of other shops. Lots of coffee shop choices too, with plenty of outdoor seating. Less than a mile up Gerard is a farmers market, only open on Sunday’s. Going toward the water, Seal Beach is 5 minutes away and follows along the coast to La Jolla Cove and more seals and sea lions.
    Written 2 May 2021
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  • pspoker
    Las Vegas, NV1 124 contributions
    A nice blend of shops and eateries. Would have given 5 stars but the bathrooms were in very bad shape. Very much need to be cleaned more. It was about noon time and they were dark and filthy. Strong smell of urine.
    Written 23 May 2022
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  • Anniecatz
    3 contributions
    The Athaneum's "Murals of La Jolla" guided tour is a real gem! Strolling the streets of La Jolla to see some of the murals and learn about the artists and their concepts as well as the production techniques and installation challenges was absolutely fascinating. This incredible public art project is on a grand scale - there are far more murals than I realized and every year some are retired and new ones replace them. I plan to build upon my guided tour experience with another walkabout to see the rest of the murals, using the digital map and self-guided tour. Don't miss this!
    Written 5 April 2022
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  • 2beans2000
    San Diego, CA3 094 contributions
    St James is a wonderful faith community with great outreach programs to reach out to serve needs in the community: helping Vida Hoven orphanage in Tijuana; helping a sister parish in North Park; offering assistance to Military Moms Outreach; food bank support; feeding the homeless in Ocean Beach and throughout the community; and fundraising to support grant applicants who want to achieve their own missions.

    St James also celebrates the joy of faith, community and Spirit through music in many forms: voice, organ, stringed instruments, compline, and taize.

    And St James offers wonderful opportunities for edification and education as well. With guest speakers and adult forums on topics such as interfaith dialogue; how to promote civil discourse in our communities today; Studying Scripture: Hebrew Scripture + Christian Scriptures; and more.

    Come join St James in any of its many celebrations of faith alive in community.

    Written 15 September 2019
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  • A4722CAmichaelg
    Plano, United States61 contributions
    Was recommended by our waiter to stop in. Great little unique gallery and friendly people. Some great original artwork,
    Written 16 July 2018
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  • ItchyFeet
    Camarillo, CA7 530 contributions
    We took the train on Christmas Day from north of Los Angeles all the way to the end of the track in downtown San Diego.
    The business class section was very nice and they have water and snacks. We took early train to avoid a 6 to 8 Hour drive that many people have told us is now the reality however the freeway did not look too bad early Christmas morning.

    There are a large number of people that got on in Los Angeles to come all the way to the last stop in San Diego downtown and thert were also a lot of people as I get on in Anaheim and Fullerton to come to San Diego. It appears that it is a much busier between Los Angeles and San Diego that it’s in Los Angeles Two points north.

    We enjoyed the train ride to avoid the road traffic which could have been 6 to 8 hours but was lighter on Christmas Day however going home on the weekend after Christmas I’m sure the freeways will be packed and the train I’ll be a much better option.
    Written 26 December 2019
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  • mini
    Fremont, CA159 244 contributions
    We arrived this time on a cruise (Princess cruise line) and enjoyed taking a walk from the Maritime History Boat Area to Seaport Village to the Hyatt Regency. We enjoyed the views. We also took a bay cruise, had dinner, explored the stores, and enjoyed the views from the bar on top of the Hyatt Regency.
    Written 1 February 2020
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  • simply-peregrinating
    Waddington, UK2 754 contributions
    Although on a smaller scaler than some of the other statues in the area this is still worth seeing. It is quite charming.
    Written 10 March 2020
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  • David R
    Albuquerque, NM553 contributions
    El Prado Restaurant in Balboa Park is a beautiful location with great views. The food, on the other hand, is unduly expensive and, while not bad, also not particularly noteworthy. Regardless, we had a good experience overall.
    Written 30 September 2019
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  • Mister-Markie
    San Rafael, CA2 874 contributions
    What a great little park alongside such a great ship, the USS Midway!

    Took a visit here the day after touring the USS Midway, as I saw from the ship the famous "kiss" statue memorialized in the photo of a NYC sailor and young lady celebrating news of the end of World War II.

    This park follows the water and offers a paved path for ADA access. It ends out by the restaurant and a large, life sized memorial to Bob Hope, who entertained wartime troops with his great comedy and personality.

    There are vendors selling snacks along the park as well, and it was fun just to sit and people watch as tourists (yeah, like me I guess!) walk up to the large kissing statue and try to figure out how to pose with it!

    That, plus a backdrop of the enormous aircraft carrier were great for sitting about half an hour and enjoying an ice cold can of Coke from a vendor on a rather warm day.

    If that's not your thing, just go watch the harbor life - and overhead, as there are always things flying over! - or just relax on the grass. Something for everyone here!
    Written 16 August 2021
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  • Lucky Travel Junkie
    Cancun, Mexico3 434 contributions
    While sightseeing with a local friend, we arrived here specifically to see the old jail cells, it was fun. I got a real kick out of the reasons people were arrested, especially the women offenders. The whole shopping and dining area is really nice, I love the historical architectural style. Definitely worth the visit.
    Written 11 September 2019
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  • Randy2353
    North Palm Beach, FL1 769 contributions
    Try to walk over this bridge as you will get a better feel for it. Lots of history in the construction. A beautiful view along the bridge, with the park coming into view and the freeway below. A great piece of work. Very cool to check out.
    Written 18 December 2018
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