United States: Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego


San Diego will always be a perfect place for tourists. I reiterated that to myself upon realizing that I was having the same ecstatic emotions when we visited Coronado, San Diego earlier in the day. I knew I was bound for another great night of strolling and entertainment in Gaslamp Quarter!

After Coronado, we stayed overnight in Gaslamp Quarter, dubbed as the historic heart of San Diego. Gaslamp Quarter is very hipster and cultural at the same time, as we were able to experience sophisticated Victorian and Art Deco architecture complemented by the rich culture of the area.

The name sake of the Gaslamp Quarter, gas lamps line the streets of the Quarter on all blocks of the area, which were common in San Diego in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is listed as a historic district as Gaslamp Quarter Historic District as most of the buildings erected in the area were built during the Victorian era.

Gaslamps line the streets of Gaslamp Quarter, hence its name!

The Gaslamp Quarter draws different crowds of people on its streets. It has a wide variety of dining venues where international cuisines are well represented. Sky scrapers are not prominent in Gas Lamp Quarter, but it has high rise buildings, most of which were built during the Victorian era. Most of the buildings at present showcase Gaslamp Quarter as San Diego’s dining, shopping , entertainment, and business district!

These Cyclists do not ride these tricycles for leisure, but as a job! It’s so cool that pretty ladies actually drive these things. For a fee though! When you can’t bring yourself to move after much inebriation!

Human street signs are popular in Gaslamp too!

Too bad, it was already closed when we passed by this!

Perhaps the best way to end a tiring day?


About Mia G.

Teacher Mia. A Happy Girl. Chaser of dreams. Believer of living out each beautiful dream. A Full-time Preschool Teacher with a part-time job of being a happy traveler and wanderer. Co-founder of Destination Getaways Travel and Tours! A Proud Filipina who wants to travel the world one place at a time, one breathtaking moment at a time. Join the personal accounts of my adventures and misadventures and random experiences in our big and beautiful classroom-- the world. Share my experiences on spontaneity, excitement, adventure, travel, exploration, gastronomic encounters, and everything in between!

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