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As you begin planning your stay at InterContinental San Diego, you will quickly discover there are plenty of things to do and see. San Diego is home to several unique areas and neighborhoods ripe for exploration. In addition to well-known spots like the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, and Seaport Village, there are several other areas to explore. During your next visit, leave room in your itinerary to discover some of the memorable things to do in Old Town San Diego.

What Is Old Town?

Found about 10 minutes away from our bayfront hotel, Old Town is the place to learn more about the history of San Diego and California. This area is home to streets filled with historical landmarks, delicious restaurants, and charming shops. To help you plan your visit, we’ve compiled a list of some of the must-visit attractions and businesses.

Historical Landmarks and Buildings

Some of the most popular attractions in Old Town help tell the story of this region. One such place is the Old Town San Diego Historic Park, which maintains 19th-century homes and businesses, including a schoolhouse and an old adobe ranch home. There’s also the Mormon Battalion Historic Center, featuring an interactive video, hands-on demonstrations, and historical artifacts. If you’re feeling brave, go on a tour of the Whaley House, considered one of the most haunted houses in the country. 

Local Shops

In between all the historic sites are numerous shops. These spots are ideal for anyone looking for unique gifts or the perfect thing to remember your trip by. Found in the heart of the historic park is Bazaar del Mundo, home to numerous international shops filled with clothing, pottery, jewelry, and more. There are also several shops to wander in and out of along Main Street.

Delicious Restaurants

Before returning to your San Diego home base, grab something to eat at one of the exceptional restaurants found in Old Town San Diego. Some of the best places to dine draw inspiration from the area’s Mexican, Spanish, and Hispanic history, including El Sueño, Barra Barra, Casa de Reyes, and Encuentro Cafe.

InterContinental San Diego | The Perfect Home Base

Found along the bay, InterContinental San Diego is the ideal home base for everyone from solo travelers to families. Be close to some of the best activities and attractions, including things to do in Old Town San Diego, while having a relaxing space to call home.

Our accommodations range from suites to guestrooms to Club rooms. No matter which you choose, you’ll have a tranquil space featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, upgraded bath amenities, sumptuous bedding, and more. Call 619-501-9400 to learn more about which lodging option best fits your group. Don’t forget to ask how to save with our special offers and packages.

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