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Mission Valley & Old Town

Positively in the Middle of it all

Just minutes away from the San Diego International Airport and within easy reach of all that San Diego has to offer, Mission Valley and Old Town are a great place to call home base.  

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Central, Convenient and Affordable

Conveniently located in the center of San Diego county, Mission Valley and Old Town are within a 15 minute drive of the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and Downtown Gaslamp District.  This area has a wealth of affordable accommodations, family friendly dining options a great shopping at both the Fashion Valley and Mission Valley malls.     

Outdoor enthusiasts can play 18 holes at the Riverwalk Golf Club in Mission Valley or go hiking and rock climbing in Mission Trails Regional Park. Cultural attractions in the area include the Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first of 21 missions established in California, and Old Town State Park with 12 acres of Mexican lore and historical sites.  

Quaint boutiques, mouth-watering restaurants, colorful art galleries and festive theatres also populate Old Town, making it a not-to-be-missed stop. Mexican cuisine is the specialty in Old Town. Here you'll find authentic delectable fare at any of the many cantinas. Just follow the aroma of freshly made tortillas and take a seat outside on the patio. Enjoy the sounds of local mariachi, or watch traditional folkloric dancers as you sip on the best margaritas in town.

Here you'll also find the main boarding location for the Old Town Trolley Tours, which offers an excellent sightseeing tour of San Diego with on-and-off privileges. The Old Town Transit Center, located adjacent to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, services passenger trains operating on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner and the San Diego Coaster with a variety of stops Downtown, including the Convention Center and Petco Park. Free parking is offered in the Transit Center lot.

Getting to Mission Valley & Old Town

Mission Valley is positively in the middle of it all. There's no shortage of ways to reach this central neighborhood. From the north or south Interstate 5, exit to I-8 westbound. Several exits along the highway will take you to hotel circle, Fashion Valley Mall, and Mission Valley Shopping Center. Interstate 805 and 15 connect to I-8 as well. Just head west when connecting and exit along hotel circle. State highway 163 passes directly through Mission Valley - exit on Friars road; head west or east and you'll be sure to hit a shopping mall!

The Fashion Valley Transit Center is serviced by the blue and green trolley lines and bus routes: 6, 20, 25, 41, 88, 120 and 928. The Mission Valley Center Station is serviced by the green trolley line. The green trolley line will also take you to the Qualcomm Stadium.

To reach Old Town, the Old Town Trolley Station is serviced by the Coaster, the blue and green trolley lines, and bus routes: 8, 9, 10, 28, 30, 35, 44, 84, 88, 105 and 150. By car, exit Old Town Avenue from Interstate 5, head east, and turn north on San Diego Avenue. Two blocks north, and you're ready for a fiesta!

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The California Missions of San Diego

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San Diego Jazz Fest

Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2016

The 37th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to swing to rockabilly at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.


San Diego Chargers VS. Kansas City Chiefs

Jan 1, 2017

On New Years Day, the Chargers face the Kansas City Chiefs for the final home game of the regular season.


Old Town San Diego's Day of the Dead

Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2016

Old Town San Diego's Día de los Muertos is a celebration of the history, culture, and heritage of the region that honors one of its most important holidays.


Savage House

Sep 30 - Oct 31, 2016

The buildings safety grid has become unstable and systems are beginning to fail, so visitors are forewarned, they are touring the facility at their own risk.


Summer Movies in the Park

May 27 - ongoing

Summer Movies in the Park San Diego is a perfect chance to relax and enjoy a safe and special night under the stars. Come early and get a good seat!


Halloween at the Whaley House

Oct 5 - Oct 31, 2016

The historic Whaley House Museum in Old Town, has some "spirited" fun in store for visitors this Halloween season, including extended hours, period lighting and music, Past & Presence Ghost Tours, and after-hours Ghost Hunts.


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Kids Play Free at Riverwalk Golf Club

Riverwalk Golf Club
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016

Available to children 15 and under. Available Monday - Friday anytime Saturday and Sunday after 12:00 PM.


Kids Eat Free at Hampton Inn San Diego Mission Valley

Hampton Inn San Diego Mission Valley
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016

Kids Eat Free Breakfast Daily.


Discount San Diego Attractions Tickets Available at Western Inn San Diego

Old Town Western Inn
Valid: Jan 8 - ongoing

Pick up discounted ticket to The San Diego Zoo and USS Midway from the Western Inn Old Town.

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