HERE ’ S HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF SAN DIEGO ’ S MANY HISTORICAL AREAS AND HAPPENING NEIGHBORHOODS .
BY DEBRA BOKUR
Since that long-ago autumn day in 1542 when explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped ashore in present-day San Diego , a lot has changed . Some things , however , have stayed the same — including the city ’ s sunny , welcoming climate that continues to draw modern-day explorers from around the world . Iconic locations , such as the San Diego Padres ’ home field at Petco Park baseball stadium and the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park , remain perennial favorites with plenty to inspire repeat visits . “ San Diego ’ s perfect blend of classic and new offerings gives visitors many reasons to return . From fun family attractions and innovative cultural spaces to delicious dining opportunities and captivating neighborhoods , there is always something to discover in San Diego ,” says Edna Gutierrez , Senior Manager of Public Relations for the San Diego Tourism Authority .
The districts of Old Town , Mission Bay and the historic Gaslamp Quarter offer entire worlds worth discovering . Regardless of the season , set off on your own quest along California ’ s luminous southern coast — and whether your definition of treasure involves history , shopping , family adventure , entertainment or inspired menus created by innovative chefs , you ’ ve definitely landed in the right place .