Cultural heritage sites
San Diego Cultural Heritage Alliance

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San Diego County is fortunate to benefit from generations of preservation-minded citizens, benefactors, and elected officials, who have set aside urban, desert, and small-town historic places as public parks for our education and enjoyment. From the Pacific coast to the mountainous backcountry, from rural North County to the U.S.-Mexico border, you'll find historic parks that will fill you with awe and admiration as you discover the San Diego story.

Visitors can branch out in almost any direction to find more historic parks that showcase diverse eras and environments and trace our cultural diversity and development. Here are just a few to illustrate the richness of San Diego's rich heritage: You can visit a restored Butterfield Stage station in Anza-Borrego Desert; romantic Balboa Park and its cultural and botanical treasures in the heart of San Diego; Cabrillo National Monument, site of the old, restored Point Loma Lighthouse and breathtaking ocean and bay views; a railroad depot and working barn in Escondido's Grape Day Park; the Carlsbad ranch and hiking trail of cowboy movie star Leo Carrillo; and Border Field State Park.

You can expect to do a lot of walking in the county's historic parks, so wear sturdy shoes and bring bottled water. Guided tours are available at some places and most charge a modest entry fee or are free.


2476 San Diego Avenue · San Diego CA 92110 · Phone (619) 297-9327
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