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Downtown San Diego

Address: San Diego, CA (Downtown)
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Ranked #73 of 216 Attractions in San Diego
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
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Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Tehachapi, California
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334 reviews 334 reviews
57 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

San Diego has done a lot in Gaslamp. Attractive, lots of Bistro's and bars, restaurants. One of the best cities in the US. Many homeless living in tests and cardboard fabrications. Sort of like Tijuana in the 70's. Stay in the better parts of town. Stay away from Market St and Park Blvd.

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Marietta, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We were in San Diego staying with family and just did a quick drive through to see where everything is. Our next trip will be on our own so we can visit more attractions. San Diego is a beautiful city.

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Glendale, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Lots of shops and restaurants as well as fun architecture, but watch out for all the one-way streets and no turn signs. Also, bicyclists ride as if they're bullet-proof - very scary - and other drivers are quite aggressive, taking stop signs as suggestions, so watch out!

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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

After being here for a week, we have come to the conclusion that bad service is endemic to San Diego. All restaurants seem to have the same attitude -- here's your food, eat it and don't expect anything more. Oh, and come find us when you want the check.

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New York, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Stayed downtown San Diego last week. So many interesting sights, USS Midway at the Navy Pier, Seaport Village and the Gas Lamp district which held many restaurants. At the pier we were surprised the find a great sculpture of Bob Hope and serviceman with the song "Thanks for the Memory" piped in, very touching. Another impressive surprise was the statue... More 

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Keller, Texas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

During our recent visit to San Diego, got out and about and walked many time thru the Gaslamp and other areas of Downtown San Diego! This is a lot nicer than the last time I was there over 30 yrs ago...be ready for parking use the lots, and you may want to,use a pedal cab, have small bills $5 and... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Walked through a lot of the Gas Lamp quarter. Too bad there were some folks that smelled of urine, but that's everywhere anyway.

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Helotes, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We stayed in a great hotel (Solamar) and had great walking trips in the gaslamp quarter and then to the bus and trolley centers to explore further. BUT, there a so many homeless men, many of them apparently crazy talking to themselves and acting aggressive and you get the feeling they are used to doing exactly what they want to... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

It can get pretty though to get a cab right away at the airport, especially when it's busy. I used the LYFT app the past few times and had an excellent experience (found it to be easier on the wallet, too, which I can appreciate). They offer a $20 credit for your first ride too if you use the coupon... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I enjoyed downtown San Diego. The condo buildings and convention center are very attractive. There were some homeless people but they were not aggressive. My only complaint is that the Trolley (light rail train) crossing bells are SUPER LOUD--their volume needs to be turned down as it is bothersome. They only need to be heard about 10 feet maximum from... More 

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