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San Diego: Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour

1. San Diego: Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour

Whilst San Diego is known the world over for its beautiful beaches, mild climate, and abundance of points of interest not many people know about the city's darker side. Discover San Diego's long history of unnerving deaths, mysterious occurrences, and more ominous sides on a fun and informative guided tour. Travel back in time and hear about the spirits of the notorious characters who lived and died in San Diego. First, venture into the sleepy streets of the Mission Hills neighborhood, where Pioneer Park is transformed at night. Continue to Old Town, walking through El Campo Santo Cemetery and learning about the notorious past of this city full of gunslingers, gamblers, ladies of the night, and many more unsavory characters. Finally, the tour includes a tour of the grounds and exterior of the Whaley House, where many reported paranormal occurrences have taken place.

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Carlsbad Village: 3-Hour Local Food Tour

2. 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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GPS Talking Tour Cars: Downtown & Gaslamp Loop

3. GPS Talking Tour Cars: Downtown & Gaslamp Loop

Take a GPS-guided tour in the Storytelling Car® and see for yourself why TIME Magazine called GoCar "The Most Amazing Invention of the Year!" Let GoCar be your guide through an exciting loop of San Diego. GoCar, The Cure for the Common Tour®, lets you experience the beauty of San Diego and visit places tour busses cannot go – all at your own pace! Fold up your map, put away the guidebook and let the GoCar show you what most visitors never see! Zip around in a cute, yellow Storytelling GoCar as it takes you on your own GPS-guided tour. The GoCar is easy and fun to drive. Since it is GPS-guided, the car knows where you are – even if you don’t. With you in the driver’s seat, it not only tells you where to turn, it tells the stories that bring the city to life. Let the car direct you, or for those more adventurous, blaze your own trail! Above is only a suggested route. Your tour’s length may vary due to circumstances such as departure time and location, traffic and your itinerary. If you do take additional rental time, this will be billed in 15-minute increments at our retail rates. You may visit all or some of the tour’s highlights. If you are unsure of which tour to book, just book according to the amount of time you think you would like to spend. We can customize a tour especially for you, with the sights you want to include, when you come into our shop. PRICING IS PER VEHICLE NOT PER PERSON. EACH VEHICLE SEATS 2 PEOPLE. GoCar Tours, a CarbonNeutral® Company Gocar Tours is certified CarbonNeutral® by offsetting all CO2 emissions from vehicle operations, electricity use, business travel and employee commuting across global operations in Europe and the United States.

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San Diego: Downtown, Balboa and Old Town GoCar Tour

4. San Diego: Downtown, Balboa and Old Town GoCar Tour

This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to get out and really experience San Diego.It takes you through the best parts of Downtown, Balboa and the Old Town area, and gives you plenty of time to see all three. There will also be time to stop and check out all the sights of San Diego.  You will have more than enough time to park the car, tour the Maritime Museum and check out all of the ships. Navigate through the unique Horton Plaza Mall, and the Gaslamp Quarter to see all the sights of Downtown. From there, you can peruse Balboa Park on foot and really take in the sights and sounds. You can even go to one of the many other museums and stop to smell the roses in the Rose Garden with over 800 different varieties.  Be sure to visit San Diego’s most spooky location, the Whaley House, which is officially America’s most haunted house. All along the tour, there are many great spots to stop and take pictures, eat, drink, relax and truly experience why San Diego truly is special. Lastly, have a quick bite to eat and try some authentic Mexican food in Old Town after walking through many of San Diego’s historic buildings.

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From San Diego: Full Day Wine Tour of Valle de Guadalupe

5. From San Diego: Full Day Wine Tour of Valle de Guadalupe

Visit Mexico's wine country, Valle de Guadalupe, and see what all the buzz is about of this region. Start the morning meeting your guide and cross the border into Mexico to venture into Baja California's vineyards and wineries.  Spend the day enjoying the warmth of family-owned wineries and taste a selection of Mexican wine, known for their deep earthy tones. On this tour, visit up to three wineries and enjoy wine tastings. Take an estate tour of one of the wineries and learn about the production of wine.  Enjoy a gourmet hacienda-style meal overlooking the valley while discussing the different varieties of Mexican wine and reminiscing about the day.

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What people are saying about San Diego

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This tour was so much fun and our guide, Ben, was great! We loved the samples, art displays and history. We would highly recommend it to anyone visiting or living in the Carlsbad area.

Such a fun and unforgettable experience, the owners made it even more amazing making it such an easy and enjoyable adventure for us!!! Highly recommend

it was great for a first time experience. Ben was a great tour guide! I would definitely recommend this for people who are new in the area.

What a great way to get a preview of a new city and sample some really terrific food. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly.

Great experience. Guide very interesting & informative. Nice variety of food venues.