Want to take a little trip through time, back to the early days of San Diego? You can do that by exploring Presidio Park. The park is known for the tall adobe tower standing on a hill above a busy freeway. This is one of the landmark images of San Diego. The first California mission and a fort (or presidio) were built on this bluff in 1769. The original structures fell into disrepair. Bricks and materials were carted off to build the nearby town. The white adobe building you see today is a museum that dates from 1929. Its architecture is in the style of “old” San Diego, so you can easily imagine the days long ago.
Desert plants decorate the landscape.
The park is 40 acres, but you can easily see the museum and the area around it in about an hour. Hiking trails border the museum and lead down into a canyon. Not so energetic? You can bring a blanket and a book and hang out on the lawn and relax.
Spend an afternoon here and you’ll be walking in the footsteps of the early settlers of San Diego. They certainly knew how to pick a prime spot for a cool breeze and a clear view.