San Diego has amazing beaches, the most perfect weather and is home to some of the most laid-back, friendly folks in the nation. But there are a lot of other really cool and interesting facts about America’s Finest City that you may not know.
The Hotel del Coronado is arguably one of the most iconic hotels in the world. It is not only the oldest wooden structure in the USA, but it was the first to feature an electric lit outdoor Christmas Tree in 1904.
The hotel's accolades include having been the largest resort in the world when it opened in 1888 and hosting world-famous celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Prince Edward.
Old Town San Diego is considered the birthplace of California.
San Diego is the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California.
It was here in 1769 that Father Junipero Serra came to establish the very first mission in a chain of 21 missions that were to be the cornerstone of California’s colonization
In 1968, the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation established Old Town State Historic Park to preserve the rich heritage that characterized San Diego from 1821 to 1872 period. The park includes a main plaza, exhibits, museums, and living history demonstrations.