Overlooking Mission Bay, the community of Mission Valley is located as part of a wide valley through which the San Diego River flows to the Pacific Ocean. The large neighborhood is split into Mission Valley East and Mission Valley West due to the massive area it covers. As an important shopping and entertainment hub for San Diegans, there has been increasing popularity in the area, as evidenced by several newly-built condominiums and apartments. Many people are increasingly moving to Mission Valley in order to take advantage of the luxurious lifestyle that has become inherent to the area.
Fashion Valley is one of Mission Valley residents’ favorites. The upscale, open-air model was first opened in 1969 and has been renovated ever since. As one of the leading shopping centers serving the San Diego community, brand name retailers and department stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus have some of their largest stores in Mission Hills. The mall also includes other anchor stores, including Bloomingdale’s, JC Penney, and Saks Fifth Avenue. A number of other luxury stores and fashion boutiques from some of the most well-known international designers are also popular draws. An Apple Store was also recently added to Fashion Valley’s developed list of quality retailers. Fashion Valley is joined by Westfield Mission Valley, and Hazard Center Mall.
The I-8 interstate and I-5 interstate merge just east of Mission Valley and are key links to the surrounding area and the rest of San Diego County. The I-5 can whisk residents of Mission Valley from their homes to the San Diego International Airport’s Lindbergh Field within a matter of five minutes. The busiest single-runway airport in the nation and second busiest in the world, the airport is served by dozens of carriers offering regional, domestic, and international flights to destinations around the world.
Some of the area’s attractions bring in millions of tourists and visitors. Mission Bay Park is a beautiful natural landmark that has brought much fame and attention to the area. Sea World San Diego is most likely the biggest thing in town. The marine mammal park features several wildlife species including a Shark Encounter where guests are submerged under water to experience the creatures first hand. However, the orca whales remain the crowd favorite and perform shows daily at the park.