San Diego's Gaslamp District
If you are looking for a buzzing night on the town, San Diego’s Gaslamp District is the place to visit. It is a sixteen square block area with more than 100 restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs plus retail shops, theatres, art galleries, symphony hall, and concert venues.
The name “Gaslamp” is a reference to the original gas lamps that lined the streets during the late 19th and early 20th centuries when this area was developed as the new city center close to the San Diego Bay. (The original San Diego Old Town as a Spanish colonial settlement located a few miles away.) The area underwent a huge renewal period in the 1980s and is now the nightlife hub of San Diego.
Organized tours are a great way to get to know all that the Gaslamp District has to offer. If you are fascinated by historic architecture, contact the Gaslamp Quarter Historic Foundation. It offers numerous moderately priced walking tours. The Downtown Seqway Tour is a great way to cover the district on zippy and fun vehicles.