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Gaslamp Quarter free

Fourth Avenue between Broadway and Market | San Diego, CA 92101 | Official website
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  • Type: Entertainment and Nightlife, Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.3)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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The Gaslamp Quarter's 16 blocks are peppered with Victorian-style buildings that now house a variety of shops, art galleries and trendy restaurants, not to mention some of the city's most popular nightlife venues. The best place to start your tour of the Gaslamp Quarter is the Horton Plaza outdoor shopping center. From there, you can explore the neighborhood's side streets or hop on an Old Town Trolley Tour. If you're not a night owl, the neighborhood's many patios and rooftop lounges are a great way to experience the Gaslamp Quarter's prime location.

Past visitors say this is the area to stay in if you're looking for a hip, busy scene. However, because it's so popular, travelers also warn that parking can be somewhat limited. Consider using public transportation instead, or parking at Horton Plaza, where you'll get three hours of free parking with validation. You'll find the Gaslamp Quarter in the heart of San Diego, southwest of Balboa Park. The bars, restaurants, and stores maintain different hours of operation, so check out the neighborhood's website for more information and to read more about upcoming events.

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