Trolley Along Harbor Drive


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The San Diego Trolley runs along Harbor Drive in the downtown area. Trolleys also travel to Qualcomm Stadium, PETCO Ballpark, and the international border with Mexico.


Casa Del Prado


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Since its reopening in 1971, the Casa del Prado, which was built in 1915, has hosted floral exhibits, concerts, and theatrical performances.


Cigar Store, Racine & Laramie


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An attendant shows cigars at Racine & Laramie, reported to be the first cigar store in San Diego when it opened in 1869.


Gaslamp Quarter


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History and urban cool collide in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, a 16-block area of shops, restaurants, and nightlife.


U.S.S. Midway


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The U.S.S. Midway, an aircraft carrier that served in the Navy from World War II until the Gulf War, is now a museum on the Navy Pier. Visitors can tour the ship and its restored planes and helicopters.


Horton Plaza


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Horton Plaza, a shopping mall with an unusual whimsical architecture, jump-started the Gaslamp Quarter renaissance in the 1980s.




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Performance artist Dash MacTavish, known as the San Diego Silverman, entertains passersby on the Embarcadero.




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Thunderclouds move in as the sun sets during a game at PETCO Park. The home of the San Diego Padres seats 42,445 fans.


Boutique Pearl Hotel


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Located in historic Point Loma near downtown San Diego, the boutique Pearl Hotel features an outside dining area near the pool.

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Escaramuzas Golondrinas


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The Escaramuzas Golondrinas, a female equestrian group, practice at the Seeley Stables in preparation for Cinco de Mayo celebrations.


This feature originally appeared in National Geographic.


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