Because San Diego was the site of California’s first permanent Spanish settlement, it has been called the birthplace of California. This is where in 1769 Father Junipero Serra came to establish the first of a chain of 21 missions that would eventually stretch from San Diego to Sonoma.
The mission and presidio were built on a hillside overlooking what is today Old Town San Diego. In the 1820s, a small Mexican community sprang up on the land below the mission. By 1835, it had become El Pueblo de San Diego, and in 1846 an American flag was raised.
In 1969, San Diego Old Town State Historic Park was established to preserve the heritage of the 1821–1872 period. In addition to historic buildings, which include San Diego’s first one-room schoolhouse, the park has a main plaza, museums, living history demonstrations and plenty of restaurants and places to buy Mexican clothes, hats and souvenirs.
Just up the hill from Old Town is Heritage Park, where a few Victorian houses have been relocated and beautifully restored, including the Whaley House, said by some to be one of the most haunted houses in the United States.
More than 22 million visitors pour into Bangkok each year, adding to the roughly 11 million residents of the Thai capital famous for its bustling streets. Packed with food carts, markets and cultural spectacles, life in Bangkok is unusually defined by its vibrant street scene, both day and night. That means you don’t necessarily need a solid plan when heading out on any given evening.
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As first-time restaurateurs, but with plenty of hospitality-related experience, Ria and Kevol (Kev) Graham were not entirely comfortable opening their first restaurant in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, where several upscale restaurants and 5-star hotel dining is just a block away. And to make matters worse, they opened in July 2020, when New York City was in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to intimate settings, smaller staff-to-passenger ratios, and personalized food and beverage options, river cruises have the advantage of providing a deeper dive into a region’s culture, food and history. The Rhine, Rhône and Danube in Europe and the Mississippi River and St. Lawrence in North America have much to offer travelers with their itineraries, tying together beloved cities and lesser-known destinations along their routes.
IHG Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the launch of a new mobile product feature for members: IHG Wi-Fi Auto Connect. This feature is now available exclusively in the IHG One Rewards mobile app for both iOS and Android users and will automatically connect IHG One Rewards members to WiFi upon arrival at more than 5,000 IHG hotels worldwide — no separate passwords or log-ins needed. This is in addition to the exciting benefits of being an IHG Business Edge member. IHG Business Edge provides small- and medium-sized businesses access to a user-friendly portal that displays comprehensive spending and savings data while providing the convenience of direct booking with a guaranteed discount.
As another phenomenal year of travel comes to an end, it’s time, as always, for Global Traveler to celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2023 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. But that's not the only cause for celebration here: We've hit another major milestone, as this marks our 20th year honoring the best of the best inn world of travel!
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