When thinking about Mormon history, San Diego is probably most famous for the Mormon Battalion Historic Site, located in Old Town San Diego. This Mormon group of volunteers served in the United States Army to help fight the Mexican-American War. Their journey from Iowa to California is one of the longest marches in history. Because of their sacrifices, America was able to gain control of colonies in the West and Mormons helped settle and establish the area.
Because of the forward thinking and hard working pioneers and many others in Mormon history, we are honored to have a temple in this area. The architecture and design of the temple is very unique. It's very noticeable from the I-5 freeway and sits on a ridge. That may be why this temple is widely loved by the LDS community. The two major towers are further enhanced with four smaller towers with an atrium connecting the towers. The bounty of decorative stained glass windows gives the temple an elegant look and balances out the strong pillars and sharp points.
With beautiful coastline, near-perfect weather, charming coastal cities and thousands of attractions and restaurants, San Diego is one of the best destinations around and super family-friendly. If you want a memorable beach vacation, look no further than famous Coronado Beach and Hotel del Coronado. Glistening white sand and tame waves. The San Diego area is known for it's military museums and history. Many navy ships have guarded these ports throughout the years. Onboard the USS Midway Museum you can explore the life of those that live at sea. Many restored aircraft are onboard on well. Former military base Cabrillo National Monument has an old military radio station building. Learn the history of Juan R. Cabrillo and his 16th century explorations. This is the perfect spot for panoramic views of the city. Balboa Park has too many attractions to list - 15 museums, gardens, hiking trails, walks, artists, even the world famous San Diego Zoo. See the giant panda, snow leopard, capybara and elephants.
For cheap eats, stop at Hodad's for delicious burgers or Kono's Surf Club Cafe for a rib-sticking big breakfast. A funky breakfast place to get red velvet pancakes is Snooze among other specialties. Dang good barbecue is served up at Phil's BBQ. Mesquite-grilled flavorful food. Eye-catching, intriguing food with a Mexican-Latino-Chino twist can be found at The Mission. Mexican street food and tacos are a treat at Puesto Mexican Street Food. Flavorful food with unique ingredients like cactus. For seafood lovers, you can't miss El Pescador Fish Market, a market that also grills up fresh fish.