Mission Valley

Stay between many top San Diego attractions in the beautiful Mission Valley! Tour the world-famous San Diego Zoo and numerous surrounding museums at Balboa Park. Visit nearby Old Town or spend a day at SeaWorld San Diego, visit the local breweries, shopping boutiques and the unique cafés.
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Stay near the San Diego Zoo & SeaWorld in Mission Valley

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Mission Valley, San Diego is best known for being in the best central location. It’s in the middle of San Diego, which means you have easy access to anywhere you want to go around the city including downtown San Diego and Balboa Park. Plus, it is close to the San Diego International Airport, so once you land, you can get to Mission Valley quickly and easily.

Not only is convenient to all the major attractions, but it also is the main boarding spot for the Old Town Trolley Tours. Old Town Trolley Tours takes you on a sightseeing tour of the city, stopping at various locations where you can get off and back on the trolley at your leisure. It is the ideal way to check out all the hot spots around San Diego.

Mission Valley is close to the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and the Gaslamp Quarter. It’s near a gastronomic treat of dining and happy hour options and the top shopping at the malls in the area, including both Fashion Valley Mall and Mission Valley Mall. You also have easy access to boutiques, live music and a variety of outdoor events.

This is a friendly and highly sought-after neighborhood by locals. They all want to live here because it is near everything. It is also a very safe area with a lot of ethnic diversity and natural beauty. It’s a top pick for families both living here and visiting the area.

One of our favorite hotels in Mission Valley is the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. This 4 star Marriott property has the perfect balance of amenities and convenience.

There is nothing disappointing about this neighborhood located close to San Diego Central Beaches. You can stay right in Mission Valley and enjoy a lovely getaway if you want to. There is so much to see and do close by that you will find yourself lucky you decided to stay here where everything is within easy access.

You are close to everything you could possibly want to see or do while also having the convenience of public transportation or the trolley to help you get around without having to fight traffic or find parking. This alone makes it one of the top choices for people visiting the area.

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Why you'll love Mission Valley
Great location in Mission Valley! Visit nearby Balboa Park for the San Diego Zoo, museums & more plus Old Town San Diego, breweries, SeaWorld San Diego, shops & cafés.

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Whaley House
Historic Whaley House Museum
The Whaley House Museum is located in the historic Old San Diego area. With your Go Pass, take in one of the most visited attractions in the area. The complex is made up of multiple houses and museums that offer something fun for the whole family.
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What are the best Go San Diego Pass deals?

Some of the best deals with the Go San Diego Pass include access to San Diego’s most popular attractions.

Discount admission is offered to the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND California, USS Midway Museum, Belmont Park rides and more!

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Balboa Park
Balboa Park
Museums
Museums
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego

Get Your Shopping Fix in Mission Valley

Mission Valley is known as a shopping district, which means all the best stores are right here. If you love to shop, then get ready to have your fill of various outlets and boutiques that sell everything you could possibly imagine.

A great place to shop is the Mission Valley Mall. This large complex provides you with a range of shopping options and just about anything you could need all in one location. Plus, there are plenty of other stores close to the mall, making it possible to spend all day here.

However, the most popular place to shop in Mission Valley is the Fashion Valley Mall. This is an outdoor mall known for having many designer shops. However, if you’re on a budget, they have a variety of other shopping options so that there is something for everyone here.

Finally, there is the outdoor shopping plaza, Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town San Diego. Although this is in Old Town it is just right on the border of Mission Valley. If you want to shop for unique items, then this is where you need to go. You’ll find an array of handcrafted items and items from various cultures around the world. Stands sell almost anything you can think of including folk art, crafts, fashion, jewelry, home décor and other gifts.

Tantalize Your Taste Buds

Don’t worry about finding great places to eat while in Mission Valley. You’ll find some of the best restaurants in the city here serving all types of cuisine. Many use local produce and seafood.

Milano Coffee & Café and the Coffee Republic

There are a couple notable coffee shops and cafes, Milano Coffee & Café and the Coffee Republic. These coffee shops are known for serving a selection of brews. They also serve pastries and Milano Coffee & Café serves breakfast and lunch all day.

El Indio Mexican Restaurant

Not in Mission Valley but close by is International Restaurant Row just off Washington Street and the I-5 freeway. Here you will find various restaurants serving cuisine from around the world. They are lined up side by side, showcasing their fresh menus. One place to stop while here is El Indio Mexican Restaurant. This is a world-famous eatery that was originally a tortilla factory and has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.

Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill

Located just next door to El Indio off of Washington Street you will find the famous Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill. Not only has this seafood market been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives but it is a local favorite for some of the freshest seafood and fish in town.

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USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
Located in downtown San Diego, the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum provides history of aircraft built in California. The museum includes over 60 exhibits with restored aircraft and tours of the carrier.
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For the Sports Enthusiasts

If you love sports or outdoor activities, then Mission Valley won’t let you down. There is something for everyone whether you want to watch a live event or get into the game yourself. You can find something sporty to do here easily.

Throughout the baseball season, you have the ability to catch a home game at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Although not in Mission Valley it is only a 10-minute drive away in downtown San Diego, this amazing venue also hosts other events throughout the year.

Another stop is SDCCU Stadium, which used to be the home of the San Diego Chargers. Now it is home to the San Diego Aztecs. This stadium was a host for the Super Bowl and World Series in 1998, and hosts the Holiday Bowl every year. Top football teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12 play here.

The area is also home to the San Diego river and many different parks where you may be able to take in a fun game of Frisbee, volleyball or whatever you enjoy playing. Depending on the time of year, you may have many options as you travel around the city.

You will also notice that this area is naturally beautiful and prime for exploration. You can go on hikes, rock climb or bike around trails throughout the natural areas at Mission Trails Regional Park. The park is also unique in that it is a cultural site that offers information of the state’s early history and Mexican lore.

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San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
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Balboa Park
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With the right balance of amenities and convenience, San Diego Marriott Mission Valley may be the perfect hotel stay for vacationers as well as business travelers.
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History and Culture in Mission Valley & Old Town

Many events in history happened here. The area is rich in historical and cultural sites that offer you a look into the past where you can learn about early settlers and what life was like before the modern day.

Not far from Mission Valley is Old Town San Diego, which is the site of the first settlers in the area. You’ll find many museums and historical sites throughout this town.

Whaley House Museum

The Whaley House Museum is another ideal stop for those who love history, located in Old Town. This house was more than a family home. Throughout its lifetime, it’s been a granary, courthouse, commercial theater, general store, ballroom, billiard hall, school polling place and served many other purposes.

The house is an example of mid-19th Century Greek Revival architecture. It also holds the distinction of being California State Historic Landmark #65. Designed by Thomas Whaley, he built the house in 1857. It is a cherished piece of architecture because it was the first of its kind in the city made from all bricks.

Whaley did build the home on a questionable spot. Before its construction, the town would hold public hangings here. This adds to the paranormal rumors about the place. It is on the list of the most haunted places in America and you may have seen it on television or read about it in books.

It was also a place of great sadness for the family. In 1885, a family member died by suicide in the home. Of course, this, too, helps fuel the speculation that it is haunted.

Wells Fargo Museum in Old Town

Moving on, there is the Wells Fargo Museum. Here you can see an original stagecoach, working telegraph, gold presentation and banjo clock. The site also has a replica of an 1800s stagecoach station.

Gaslamp Quarter

Another nearby historical stop is the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. While today, it is a bustling center of activity, it still showcases its wild west roots. This area was home of Wyatt Earp, so you can find tours allowing you to follow his footsteps and get a glimpse into the past.

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Mission San Diego de Alcalá
The first of the missions in California Mission San Diego de Alcalá was founded in 1769 still serves as an active parish church and holds mass on every Sunday as well as mass during the weekdays. These masses are open to the public.

Junipero Serra Museum & Mission San Diego de Alcalá

Junipero Serra Museum, located in Presidio Park, is a symbol of the city. It gets recognition for being the place where Mission Valley got its start. In 1769, Father Junipero Serra started the first mission here, Mission San Diego de Alcalá, which featured Spanish Revival architecture. Mission San Diego de Alcalá is located on the east end of Mission Valley about 10 minutes from Old Town and Junipero Serra Museum.

Ballet Performances

If you want a little culture while in Mission Valley, stop and take in a show at the California Ballet Company. This professional classical ballet company puts on shows throughout the year. Some notable shows in the past included the Nutcracker, Cinderella and Noche Latina. Most of the ballet’s performances are at the San Diego Civic Theater in Core-Columbia in downtown San Diego.

There is also another amazing Nutcracker show during the holiday season that is performed at the famous Spreckels Theater also in Core-Columbia in downtown San Diego. This ballet is performed by the local ballet company City Ballet where you will see professional ballet dancers as well as ballet dancers from their ballet school.

Mission Valley
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Balboa Park
Balboa Park
Museums
Museums
Parks
Parks
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
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SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego
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