Full of shops, restaurants and, most importantly, history, Old Town San Diego is where the Golden Coast got its start. For the history buffs, visiting the Old Town should be on their list of top things to do while in San Diego. On July 16, 1769, Father Junipero Serra founded the Mission San Diego de Alcala on a hilltop and unknowingly founded what would become the state of California. Today the Junipero Serra Museum stands near the site of the original mission, overlooking what was once a small community that is now transformed into the Old Town State Historic Park. Various tours take place through Old Town, but the park is easy to navigate if you’re keen to explore on your own. Visit Fiesta de Reyes, the vast plaza that combines a depiction of what the original community would have looked like with the Mexican festivity of mariachi bands. Check out the San Diego Sheriff’s museum and the Colorado House, which houses the Wells Fargo museum and stagecoaches. When you’re ready for a break, sit on the patio at Cafe Coyote to enjoy una cerveza while working up your courage to visit the haunted Whaley House, built on the site of Old Town's gallows. Witnesses have reported the appearances of at least four resident spirits including that of Yankee Jim Robinson, who was hung from the gallows in 1852.
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