History, food and fun are all within easy walking distance of the Old Town. Father Serra established the first mission here m... More
History, food and fun are all within easy walking distance of the Old Town. Father Serra established the first mission here more than 225 years ago; Kit Carson helped to raise the first American flag in 1846. Now there are 37 restaurants and entertainment is abundant with artisans, dancers, galleries, hotels, mariachis, professional theatre and shops. Most restaurants and shops accept major credit cards. You can access this area from Interstate-5 by taking the Old Town Avenue exit, driving east and turning left on San Diego Avenue.
It seems to me that Old Town is more about shops & food. Not that that's a bad thing :-) - but aside from the signs on the buildings, I didn't see as much historical stuff as I would've liked.
We had some great food here (can't remember the restaurant's name - but I could find it again!) and checked out a lot of varied & interesting stuff in the stores. I think we came too late for the regularly scheduled live entertainment. Oh well. Good place to find things to bring back to people who ask you go get them something while you're in SD....
Really couldn't believe you could get a clean, quiet, non-smoking room for $39, but we were surprised! Even some breakfast snacks and drinks, free internet connection, a pool & hot-tub if you want it, and friendly service. We walked to Qualcomm Stadium. I kept checking the receipt.. sure enough, only $39.