Landmarks

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Hotel Del Coronado

The Hotel Del Coronado has been a fixture in San Diego since the 1880s. It is the last remaining wooden Victorian hotel on the California coast and reminds tourists and residents alike of a bygone era. Considered one of the most unique and beautiful of America's resort hotels, "the Del" as locals know it is an imposing sight rising above the beach on Coronado Island.

Junipero Serra Museum

The Serra Museum is a landmark visible from many points in the City of San Diego. Built in 1929, the mission-style building commemorates the site of the first mission and presidio established in California. The museum has many exhibits of native American artifacts, early cannon, period clothing, furniture and tools. There are a number of photographs of early San Diego as well--one of Mission Valley prior to its development is of interest.

La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove is a charming beach tucked into the La Jolla area, a short walk from the commercial district. The cove has unusually clear water so it is a favorite spot for snorkelers and scuba diving. It is part of the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve so fishing and taking marine life is not permitted.

La Mesa Depot Museum

The La Mesa depot of the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum is the city's oldest building in its original form. Built in 1894 and relocated and expanded in 1915, this stop on the railway served passengers until 1928 and freight trains through World War II. A steam locomotive built in 1923 is parked at the museum. Open Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm, free admission.

La Paloma Theater

Built in the late 1920s, this historic theater showed the first "talking" motion picture in San Diego and is a community landmark. Still in operation, the theater plays the latest indie films and features "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" every Friday at midnight.

La Pensione Hotel

Built in 1926, this four-story hotel on the corner of Date and India streets has the feel of a European boutique hotel. Renovated in the early 1990s and then again in 2010, it offers modern amenities right in the heart of Little Italy.

Lake Cuyamaca

This picture-book 110 acre lake is proof positive that good things come in small packages. Situated at an elevation of 4600 feet in an Oak and Pine forest and surrounded on 3 sides by the 26,000 acre Cuyamaca Rancho State Park of which 52% is classified as wilderness. Stocked with over 44,000 lbs. of fish, Lake Cuyamaca is the only San Diego lake that is able to stock trout all year long. Other species of fish include Florida bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill and sturgeon.

Lake Hodges

Serving the dual roles of water storage reservoir and recreational area, Lake Hodges is nestled between the Escondido and Rancho Bernardo communities. Developed in 1918, Lake Hodges is a vast wildlife refuge which has also become a favored spot for bass fishing and boating enthusiasts.

Lake Murray Reservoir

Located in the northwest corner of Mission Trails Regional Park, the lake is popular with anglers and boaters. Bait, fishing permits, food and beverages can be purchased at the concession stand seven days a week. Boat rentals are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Runners, walkers and cyclists enjoy the lake, as well: While there isn't a loop trail here, the paved road to the dam gate is 3.2 miles each way -- offering a good amount of mileage for exercise.

Lakehouse Hotel and Resort

This full-service resort recently underwent a $9 million renovation and unveiled its new look in the summer of 2013.

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