San Diego’s Roots Lie in Old Town. Step foot into the “birthplace of California” with a visit to Old Town. High upon the hill in Presidio Park sits the Mission San Diego de Alcala, the city’s most recognizable historic landmark established by the Spanish Franciscan order in 1769. It is this historical landmark that has quickly become San Diego’s “unofficial” logo.
The story of Old Town can be told through every clay brick and adobe structure seen. With over 27 historical buildings and sites, it’s no secret that Old Town is San Diego’s tourist attraction for all ages. The community’s reputation for educational tours and entertainment remains unmatched. The Whaley House, originally known for its live theatrical performances, is now a hot-spot for paranormal activity and was named the Travel Channel’s #1 choice for Most Haunted Establishment in the United States!
Honoring the area’s Spanish roots and keeping pioneer traditions alive, Old Town is one of the only communities in the United States that still has a working blacksmith shop, Blackhawk Livery Stable and tequila factory, the Old Town Tequila Factory Restaurant & Cantina. Two shopping experiences that can’t be overlooked include theBazaar Del Mundo and the Harney Street Market. Both host a variety of local artisans, who specialize in custom textiles, pottery and jewelry; all fine gifts for December’s Fiesta Navidad.
Watch Old Town come alive every May for the Cinco de Mayo Celebration and honor the dead in October for Dia de Los Muertos. Visitors craving more of a hands-on experience can take a tour with Ghost & Gravestones Frightseeing Tour Company if they dare. The Mormon Battalion Historical Site offers kids a chance to pan for gold or even try their hand at pottery free of charge.If ever there were ever a community that showcased the evolution of tradition and décor through its passing centuries, it’s Old Town. The unique, harmonious mix of adobe homes, Victorian mansions and Federal style buildings give visitors a snapshot from the past. No two homes, artists, margaritas or even oak-fermented tequila shots will ever be the same. Come embrace San Diego’s history and cultural roots in Old Town.