If you’ve been to San Diego, you’ve probably navigated Harbor Drive. It’s the busy street running from Point Loma to downtown that passes the airport and skirts the harbor. It makes a fine driving tour for anyone interested in architecture and California history, on land or water.
Here’s a 10-stop itinerary. To give it extra resonance, hunt down and read Max Miller’s “I Cover the Waterfront” (1932), a world-weary portrait (part Thornton Wilder, part Raymond Chandler, part Herman Melville) of this neighborhood nearly a century ago.
Start west of Lindbergh Field (the airport) with a site that launched thousands of