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Old Town San Diego: Hop-on Hop-off Narrated Tour

1. Old Town San Diego: Hop-on Hop-off Narrated Tour

Join the Hop-on Hop-Off Tour of Old Town San Diego at any of the tour's 11 boarding points and visit more than 100 interesting points in Coronado and San Diego at your own pace. You can begin at any time of the day and listen to the entertaining narration of the on-board conductors along the way. San Diego is known as America’s Finest City, and as you explore the sights of Old Town and the scenic coastline you’ll see why. Opt to begin your tour at the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, where you’ll see original adobe homes and artifacts from the earliest Mexican settlements. At the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum you’ll learn about the importance of the U.S. Navy presence in San Diego. Then continue on to nearby Seaport Village, where you can stop for refreshments and enjoy shopping and entertainment. In the historic Gaslamp Quarter you’ll find loads of shops and other interesting places located in Victorian-themed buildings. One particular house of interest is the William Heath Davis House. Built in saltbox style, it is similar to the original home of Davis, who founded New Town San Diego. When you’re back on the trolley you’ll be entertained once again by the conductor’s narration. Continue on to the well-known Hotel del Coronado, one of America’s leading resorts. You may choose to take a stroll through nearby Balboa Park, along El Prado, the promenade lined with Spanish-style buildings. With more stops than any other tour, this hop-on hop-off trolley ride is guaranteed to deliver. In addition to sightseeing, enjoy free shuttle service to and from select area hotels, a map and day planner, and $70 in discount coupons to use at restaurants and area attractions. Hop on or hop off at 11 convenient stops: • Old Town State Historic Park • Maritime Museum of San Diego/Star of India • San Diego Embarcadero • Seaport Village • Marriott Marquis & Marina • Gaslamp Quarter • Petco Park/San Diego Convention Center • Barrio Logan • Coronado/Orange Avenue • Balboa Park and El Prado Museums • Little Italy Gold Pass includes: • Old Town Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour • Admission to the Whaley House Museum Platinum Pass includes: • Old Town Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour• Admission to the Whaley House Museum • Admission to the San Diego Maritime Museum/Star of India • Discounts on the Maritime Museum Harbor Tours

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San Diego: City Lights Night Tour

2. San Diego: City Lights Night Tour

Your 90-minute night tour boards in Seaport Village and starts off by exploring the West Coast’s premier entertainment district, known as the Gaslamp Quarter, full of vibrant nightlife, bright lights, and Victorian architecture.   Then, make your way to Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the U.S., where stunning buildings, fountains, and statues glow bright at night. From Balboa Park, drive to the top of Coronado Bridge for more spectacular sights, including the lights coming in from Tijuana, Mexico, the bay, and Downtown San Diego. Then, travel to Coronado’s Ferry Landing for a 20-minute stop to take in the stunning beauty of the San Diego city skyline, visible from across the bay and a perfect photo opportunity. From Coronado, make your way back to San Diego to take in the Embarcadero’s bay-front views. You’ll see the Historic County Administration Building, Maritime Museum’s Star of India, the USS Midway Museum, and Navy aircraft carriers from across the bay. The tour ends in Seaport Village, where guests are invited to the Top of the Hyatt for 50% off a glass of wine.

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Carlsbad Village: 3-Hour Local Food Tour

3. Carlsbad Village: 3-Hour Local Food Tour

The tour sets off from the heart of downtown Carlsbad Village, where your 3-hour culinary adventure begins. Navigate the picturesque streets of the village with your local guide and discover its diverse history, architecture and culture. Stroll down some of the most famous streets in Carlsbad, home to a wonderful concentration of museums, restaurants, and iconic landmarks, uniquely mixed with shops, art galleries and vibrant street murals. Along the way, stop at 8 different eateries, popular with the locals, and taste the flavors of Carlsbad. The food samplings on this tour are sure to stimulate your salivary glands, and satisfy your appetite for a lunch that is chock-full of variety. Each tasting is served from a locally-owned specialty food store, and ethnic or locavore-style eateries. Some of the stops on the tour include one of Carlsbad’s most romantic restaurants and a dessert haven with recipes passed down through generations. There’s also time to delight your taste buds with a sampling of California’s award-winning wines at one of the village’s urban wineries.

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San Diego Walking Tour: Balboa Park with a Local Guide

4. San Diego Walking Tour: Balboa Park with a Local Guide

Balboa Park is home to gorgeous gardens, lovely walking paths, and plenty of cultural gems, from theaters to museums featuring the arts, the sciences, and more. You’ll get a full overview of the park and its rich history on this San Diego walking tour that explores how the park has become a symbol of the city. We’ll kick things off at the Founder’s Statue on the west side of the park. We think you’ll agree San Diegans were visionaries when they set aside 1400 acres of land for the park all the way back in 1868. Then we’ll stop at the California Tower, built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, has since become a city landmark. The face of the tower depicts the early history of the city. Next up, we’ll head to Alcazar Garden, which was inspired by the same-named gardens in Spain. Used for both the 1915 and 1935 expositions, the garden offered fair-goers a respite from the hustle and bustle of the exposition, and provides a picturesque foreground to photos of the California Tower. Snag the perfect Instagram shot while you’re here. Following after, we’ll head to the Old Globe Theater which is a Tony Award-winning, world-renowned professional theater group modeled after The Globe Theater London. From there, we’ll walk through the heart of the Prado, where you’ll get to spy unique building façades and roof supports that most visitors don’t notice. We’ll also check out Zoro Gardens, a sunken garden that was once a nudist colony (seriously) during the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. Today, it’s a butterfly garden that contains everything butterflies need for their full life cycle. We’ll then continue past the Bea Evenson fountain, the Natural History Museum and we’ll pop into the Spanish Village Art Center to observe artists at work in their studios. By now you will have worked up a thirst so we’ll grab a drink at a local coffee cart before continuing on past one of the largest Morton Bay fig trees in California and the San Diego Junior Theater. But we’re not done yet! We’ll then head to the Botanical Building and the adjacent lily pond full of koi makes more than just a pretty picture — you’ll learn how the pond was an important part of the war effort during WWI and how it helped injured sailors and soldiers during WWII. Our tour will end at the Plaza de Panama, but before we say goodbye, your guide will give you directions to the nearby Visitor Center (for snacks, maps, souvenirs, and museum passes), suggestions for places to eat, and tips on what else to see and do within the park.

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Coronado: GPS-Guided Scooter Tour & Round-Trip Ferry

5. Coronado: GPS-Guided Scooter Tour & Round-Trip Ferry

Discover California's Crown Jewel, Coronado Island, on a memorable GPS-guided fat tire scooter tour. Set off to explore Coronado's pristine beaches, the famous Hotel del Coronado, the Ferry Landing, shops, and much more.  Start the tour in Little Italy in downtown San Diego, then board the ferry to take you over to Coronado Island. See the visually stunning Coronado Bay Bridge and the San Diego Harbor as you cross the water. Make your way through Downtown Coronado and hear all about Coronado Island’s rich history. Drive along the beaches and pass by the Naval Air Station on North Island.  As you enjoy the drive and visit all the best sites, receive restaurant recommendations, hear jokes and stories that bring the destination to life. Finally, return to your start point where this memorable and unique tour concludes.

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The San Diego Highlights Tour

6. The San Diego Highlights Tour

This tour is a combination of the very popular San Diego and La Jolla Sightseeing Tours. On this tour you will experience the most comprehensive and entertaining tour throughout America’s Finest City! Your tour begins daily at the supplier's convenient downtown location and from here you will be transported throughout the loveliest and most renowned parts of the city. The first areas you will visit include sparkling Coronado, The Hotel Del Coronado, The Historic Gaslamp Quarter, Embarcadero and the resplendent and beautiful Balboa Park. Then make a 1-hour stop for lunch in the Gaslamp Quarter. After the lunch break, continue by driving north to explore the stunning coastline of La Jolla at 1:00 PM. La Jolla is arguably the most beautiful part of the city. Many of San Diego’s most famous and wealthiest residents live here. There are many dramatic ocean views from the coastline to the mountains and the city in-between. La Jolla is a stunning place with a natural cove, mysterious caves, rugged cliffs, abundant marine life, posh shopping, and a fine dining district too. The stunning shoreline cliffs and the view from Mt. Soledad are also why this area is known as “The Jewel” of San Diego. This 3-hour afternoon portion of the tour is stunning and filled with great back stories too. See why the spectacular city beckons Californians and travelers from far abroad. Please note that the guide will not be in the vehicle the entire time and there are many stops where you will get out, walk around, and explore the sights that we are visiting. This sightseeing tour is available every day of the year, including weekends and holidays, and departs at 9:00AM from our office at 300 G Street. All details of your tour will be sent to you immediately after booking.

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Coronado Segway® Tour from San Diego

7. Coronado Segway® Tour from San Diego

Visit Coronado on a Segway®! Meet us in the Gaslamp Quarter for a San Diego sightseeing experience that you don't want to miss. This segway tour is perfect way to see both San Diego and the stunning Coronado Island, on an exciting 3-hour ride through the city. After a thorough safety briefing, let your guide tell you the unknown stories and fascinating anecdotes of San Diego’s history and culture. Visit Downtown San Diego, the Embarcadero and Coronado, including the world famous Hotel Del Coronado and Coronado Beach. Admire the historic mansion of the Glorietta Bay Inn, with a brief stop inside if time permits. Later, take in stunning views of the harbor and the city on a round-trip San Diego Bay Ferry ride. Join us to see a new and beautiful side of San Diego, and one of California’s most famous and picturesque islands.

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San Diego: Private Walking Tour with USS Midway Tickets

8. San Diego: Private Walking Tour with USS Midway Tickets

Explore San Diego with its beautiful sun-soaked beaches and fascinating cultural heritage. Take a walk with an expert guide to Santa Fe Depot, US Grant Hotel, Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park, Seaport Village, and USS Midway Museum. Begin the walking tour at the Santa Fe Depot, an elegant railroad station built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Renowned for its soaring towers and tiled domes, this reminder of California's Spanish heritage reflects the Colonial Revival architectural style. Admire the redwood beam ceilings hung with bronze chandeliers. Learn about the history of the indigenous Kumeyaay peoples and Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's claim of San Diego Bay's discovery, some 200 years before Europeans settled the area. Head to your next stop, the US Grant Hotel, a building of Art Deco glamor that has welcomed guests for over 100 years. Famed as a Prohibition-era speakeasy, the lobby is adorned with Empire-era furnishings that reflect the style of Ulysses S. Grant Jr., who built the hotel to honor his father, the 18th president. Continue to the Gaslamp Quarter, where a buzzing collection of tequila bars, taco restaurants and funk boutiques form the city’s urban playground. Next, pass by Petco Park, the sporting home of the San Diego Padres, before heading to the many eateries at Seaport Village for lunch by the picturesque century-old harborside. End the tour at the USS Midway Museum. Say goodbye to your guide and climb aboard this former US Navy aircraft carrier for a self-guided audio discovery of the life of an enlisted sailor.

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What people are saying about San Diego

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

The tour included eleven locations around San Diego and Coronado Island with the option to get off & reboard at your own convenience. Trolleys run approximately every half hour. Our tour guide was very informative with personality. He provided commentary throughout such as history of various buildings, neighborhoods, naval base & founding of the city. Entire trip if you didn't get off anywhere was around two hours and totaled about 26 miles. I think it was an excellent way to get a taste of the city in a short amount of time.

Incredible tour! Jen was warm, funny and informative. The tour was really well planned out, and she would often circle back to things she’d told us earlier. The coffee stop was a well timed break and nice for a chat with the other guests. Overall the level of detail was great- lots of fun facts and interesting history. We learnt a lot and really enjoyed our walk in the park. Thanks, Jen!

Very nice to see sooo much for a low price. Excellent information from all drivers. The two day option would have been even better had we had time to take advantage of it, there was so much to see and do.

Great time and a great way to see San Diego. Enjoyed all the drivers and the lunch at Fiesta de Reyes was very good.

Overall it was a beautiful day we spent visiting San Diego