According to one report, last year in 2022, California's oldest city brought in over $22 billion, with a capital B, dollars in TOURISM alone. Is it because people are wrapped up in learning about history or were there other delights that beckoned all the tourists? And do you know what is the oldest city in California?

CALIFORNIA'S OLDEST CITY

California's Oldest City is San Diego: Mission San Diego De Alcala Founded 1769
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In 1769, some Europeans decided to stake their claims in Old Town San Diego, thus making this city the oldest settled town in California.

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VISIT SAN DIEGO

San Diego is the backdrop for famous movies like Anchorman (and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Bring It On, Demolition Man, Little NikIta, The Saint, Top Gun (and Top Gun: Maverick), and even old obscure classics like Jerry Lee Lewis' The Big Mouth.

The movie Little Nikita was set in San Diego: Poster Metal Sign
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Visitors to San Diego enjoy the historical landmarks, major league sports teams, the gorgeous beaches, golfing, surfing, the delicious cuisine, the zoo, and I'll throw in SeaWorld for good measure.

A Look Inside SeaWorld San Diego
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One of the biggest draws to San Diego every year is Comic Con. (RIP STAN LEE!)

Comic-Con in San Diego
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Legoland opened in San Diego back in 1999, and some 15 million people visited there last year in 2022.

Legoland: Grand Opening Of MINILAND San Diego
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(Other) FUN THINGS TO DO IN SAN DIEGO

Here are the biggest (and most locals would say, overrated) things that tourists love to do in California's oldest city:

 

Visit Old Town

Old Town, San Diego
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Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay

Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay in San Diego
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Mission Beach

People During Holiday Weekend in Mission Beach San Diego
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Gaslamp Quarter

Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego
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Daytrip to Tijuana, Mexico

A short trip from San Diego is Tijuana Mexico
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Get on a pedicab

San Diego Pedicabs are everywhere
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