This long stretch follows the San Diego River from the Mission San Diego de Alcalá to Old Town. For as long as 12,000 years, the Kumeyaay tribe lived in small settlements in the valley, unaware that strangers from the other side of the earth would change their lives forever. Both Spanish soldiers and Franciscan padres had glory here, as well as San Diego’s pioneer families. The valley itself holds little interest beyond masses of chain motels and shopping centers intersected by a freeway; however, on the bluffs above, you’ll find eclectic neighborhoods overflowing with charm, ...

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