Hotel at a Glance: Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
Hilton San Diego Mission Valley lies in the heart of Mission Valley, close to restaurants and upscale shopping complexes. It’s also within a 10-minute drive of the San Diego Zoo and the trendy Gaslamp Quarter and less than a mile from the Santa Fe Depot station, where you can catch a light rail running into downtown San Diego. After a long day of shopping and sightseeing, retire to contemporary guest rooms outfitted with Serta Suite Dream mattresses and 37-inch flat screen TVs.
- Go for a swim in the heated outdoor pool.
- Stay fit: The hotel has a fitness center stocked with cardio equipment and free weights.
- Handcrafted cocktails made with local fruits and herbs are available at Stish Lounge, along with local beers and premium tequilas.
- Pet-friendly amenities: stainless steel food and water bowls and pet beds
San Diego, California: Historical Attractions and Electric Nightlife in Southern California
San Diego’s sunny, comfortably warm weather and 70 miles of coastline have long attracted vacationing out-of-towners, but the city’s inland scene is no slouch, either. The Gaslamp Quarter is arguably one of the trendiest listings on the National Register of Historic Places. The area forms both the historic center of town and a hub of San Diego nightlife, with nearly 100 Victorian-era buildings now occupied by high-end boutiques, jewelers, and gourmet restaurants.
During the day, a stroll through iconic Balboa Park takes you past 17 separate museums, as well as the world-famous and much beloved San Diego Zoo. There’s also the vibrant Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists continuously produce pottery, handblown glass, and oil paintings for sale.
Farther north, in Old Town—site of the first European settlement in California—shops in Mission-style stucco buildings sell colorful wrestling masks, woven baskets, and maracas. Nearby stands The Whaley House Museum, dubbed one of the Most Terrifying Places in America by the Travel Channel. Ghosts of former residents are said to inhabit the rooms, which are filled with Victorian furniture, eerie dolls, and squeegees for ectoplasm cleanup.