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As far back as 20,000 years ago the first people known were San Dieguito’s. Then their descendants Yuman stock, who were a people that could make ceramics, cremations, pictographs, stone tools, clay-lined hearths, irrigation and elaborate stone walls. Then around 1000 AD Yuman and Shoshonean groups migrate to northern San Diego area. By the time Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed here in 1542 an estimate of 20,000 Native Americans existed the Luiseño, Cahuilla, Cupeño, Kumeyaay, and Northern Diegueño tribes.

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo led the first European expedition to explore what is now the west coast of the United States. Cabrillo departed from the port of Navidad, Mexico, on June 27, 1542. Three months later he arrived at "a very good enclosed port." That port is known today as San Diego bay. Historians believe he anchored his flagship, the San Salvador, on Point Loma's east shore near Cabrillo National Monument. Cabrillo later died during the expedition, but his crew pushed on, possibly as far north as Oregon, before thrashing winter storms forced them to back to Mexico.

"No more beautiful sight can be imagined than a morning at sea, with these magnificent vessels racing in mid-ocean, perhaps two or three of them in sight at one; the sun rising among golden clouds; the dark blue sea flecked with glistening white caps; long, low black hulls cleaving a pathway of sparkling foam; towering masts, and yards covered with snowy canvas which bellies to the crisp morning breeze as if sculptured in marble..."

~Captain Arthur H. Clark

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  • Pros:Beautiful city with lots to do and see!
  • Cons:Traffic can be scary!
  • In a nutshell:Give yourself plenty of time to see what SD has to offer!
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  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Dee your very interesting and informative Things to Do tips have kept me busy and entertained for most of the morning. Thank you

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Me again, coming back this time to read your Off the Beaten Path tips. I'm surprised so many of these nice old buildings still exist, some dating back to the 1870s.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    San Diego just has so much to like about it -- it's location on the ocean, the architecture, the beautiful plants, and trees that grow there, not to mention history and so much to see & do. Will be back to read more soon hopefully.

  • benazer's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    If ever I go to USA again I want to go to San Diego ..

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    What a wonderful page you have made here. I agree with you on the temple, it has got the WOW factor!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    I enjoyed reading your Things to Do and Transportation tips. Great that there are so many different kinds of ships on display at the Maritime Museum!

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Great variety on offer here for both local and international travellers. A most enjoyable page.

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    OK, so I finally got back to this page briefly......will resume again soon. The Old Town Mex Cafe is the place we ALWAYS ate for Mexican! and Anthony's has great food too, but a bit too touristy for locals.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    What a city with a mix and culture different form others in the State. I used to travel here and never got to see enough, or enjoy the suburbs of elegance. Great comments made by you. I must have missed all those nice buildings.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2009 at 5:33 AM

    Enjoyed the tour of the gaslight district. Altho we lived in SD for a few yrs and my son lives there now, I've never been so thorough as you. Wonderful bldgs. - nice mix of old and new uses. Good job!

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