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Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

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Spanning more than 16 blocks of downtown San Diego, the city's historic center is called Gaslamp Quarter and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its Victorian-era buildings are now home to shops, sidewalk cafes, restaurants, bars, and more. Wander the streets and explore the many theaters, galleries, and museums that make the area a cultural hub. Be sure to keep an eye out for some of the replicas of the historical gas-powered lamps, the namesake of the district, which have been reinstalled at one intersection. Before you head to San Diego, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly San Diego tourist route planner, to make sure you see all that San Diego has to offer, including Gaslamp Quarter.
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Offering accommodations at a wide range of price levels, San Diego is one of the easiest cities to stay in, regardless of whether you're simply passing through or hanging around for a long vacation. If you don't mind splurging, book your stay at a luxury downtown hotel or a lavish bayside resort. You can also rent a spacious private cottage within walking distance of the city's popular beaches. For a more affordable alternative, try a family-friendly hostel or quaint inn in a quiet residential area.
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  • The family had a blast in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Lots of shopping and restaurants to choose from. I would recommend a stop while you are visiting the area.  more »
  • We loved this quarter especially at night, when it really comes to life with all the lights and people. Nice restaurants and bars invite and you're spoiled for choice  more »
  • ACE HARDWARE-DOWNTOWN WE were in need of items we could not get in our little village in Mexico. It was like going into a HOME DEPOT, but miniaturized. Attentive and friendly staff know their stuff. T...  more »
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  • This place is great. The bar tender (Mel) is fun and makes a mean drink. Place place to hang out
  • Some great bars and restaurants. Found live music and dancing in one that rounded off a great evening.
  • The whole purpose of this district is for bar hopping... Which I don't do or like.
  • Awesome place to have a jamming night. Variety of options to dine , drink and rock.
  • Nice places to eat and hang out.