San Diego’s Spanish and Mexican roots are most evident in Old Town and the surrounding hillside of Presidio Park. Visitors can experience settlement life in San Diego from Spanish and Mexican rule to the early days of U.S. statehood. Nearby Uptown is composed of several smaller neighborhoods near downtown and around Balboa Park: the vibrant neighborhoods of Hillcrest, Mission Hills, University Heights, North Park and South Park showcase their unique blend of historical charm and modern urban community.
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