ARTS AND CULTURE
Climb the 125 stairs of this iconic tower at
the Museum of Man and drink in the views of
Balboa Park, Coronado, Point Loma and more.
The 150-year-old structure has been retrofitted
and reopened after being closed for 80 years.
1350 El Prado, Balboa Park
USS MIDWAY MUSEUM
Relive nearly 50 years of world history on the
longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the
20th century. Admission includes a self-guided
audio tour through 60
exhibits, ranging from
the massive engine
room to the bunks and
the brig. Kids love the
and flight simulators.
910 N. Harbor Drive,
HOTELS WITH HISTORY
Architecture fans should tour the city’s historic
hotels. Top picks include downtown favorites
The US Grant (326 Broadway) and The Horton
Grand Hotel (311 Island Ave.), along with La
Jolla’s Grande Colonial Hotel (910 Prospect St.)
and Coronado’s Hotel del Coronado
(1500 Orange Ave.).
MARITIME MUSEUM OF SAN DIEGO
Climb aboard historic ships, ranging from an
American research submarine and the HMS
Surprise (star of Master and Commander and
Pirates of the Caribbean 4) to the iconic Star of
India, an iron sailing ship built in 1863.
1492 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero
OLD TOWN SAN DIEGO STATE PARK
This 12-acre 1800s landmark, the first Spanish
settlement on the U.S. West Coast, features
colorful bazaars, Mexican eateries, and early
architecture like Casa de Estudillo, a 13-room
San Diego Ave. and Twiggs St., Old Town
San Diego is rich with blasts from the past, ranging from
scenic parks full of architectural wonders and historic
buildings to museums, missions and monuments, each
with an enticing story to tell.
USS Midway Museum
STEP INTO HISTORY
Visiting this expansive
location of Juan Rodriguez
Cabrillo’s historic 16th-
century landing—is a history
lesson and nature expedition
rolled into one.
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive,
Start your trip here and see the
Age of Exploration exhibit, view
the schedule of events, get
your National Parks Passport
stamped and look through the
bulls-eye of a lighthouse lens.
Take in views of San Diego
Bay and the downtown
skyline on Bayside Trail or
amazing coastal views on
the Coastal Tidepool Trail.
Come here at low tide to see
flowery anemones, octopi,
spongy deadman’s fingers and
other elusive sea creatures.
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
Travel back in time to the
1800s via this fully restored
lighthouse, and take an
interactive history lesson
in the adjacent Assistant
Learn about Fort Rosecrans
at the “They Stood the Watch”
exhibit inside a historical
radio station building.
More than 1. 4
boarded the USS
Midway in 2015