Old Town Trolley Tour of San Diego
San Diego, California, USA
- "America's Finest City": Decide for yourself if San Diego deserves the title it claims on a 25-mile loop around the city – a complete, two-hour introduction.
- Trolley tour: See and visit Old Town State Park, San Diego Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza Shopping Center, The Historic Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado Ferry Landing, Hotel Del Coronado, Balboa Park & Zoo, Little Italy and more.
- 11 Stops, Unlimited Hops: With 11 stops along this route, you're free to hop off at the stops you want, then get back on to continue the journey.
About this San Diego, California tour
Chambers of commerce and tourism boards aren't known for their modesty or objectivity, but ... "America's Finest City"? It's like drinking from a "World's Best Accountant" coffee mug, your co-workers aren't going to think, "Guess that's settled."
Nevertheless: By any objective measure, San Diego is at least "A Really Darned Nice American City" – a laid-back seaside paradise with postcard-pretty land and seascapes, a fascinating history, and so many sights to see that you'll need a sound sightseeing strategy. Fortunately, the trolley system gives you all the "finest" sights and sounds with expert commentary and the freedom to stop at the places that interest you.
If you stay aboard for the whole two-hour tour, you'll learn all about the city's Spanish settlers, naval history, fishing, surfing, Chargers, Padres, and shopping. You'll see old towns, new towns, gaslights, beaches, marine parks, walk-around parks, ships, sailors, zoos, beaches, and fishermen.
But the beauty of the "hop-on, hop-off" philosophy is that you can pick and choose the places you really want to explore. The trolley has 11 stops, including Old Town, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza Shopping Center, the Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado Ferry Landing, the Hotel del Coronado, Balboa Park and Zoo, and Little Italy.
What this means is that you can get off and explore Seaport Village, then catch the next trolley to wherever else strikes your fancy, until you're ready to say, "Yup! Clearly the finest city!" or "Nah, (YOUR TOWN HERE) is finer." Either way, we’re sure you will enjoy finding out for yourself what makes San Diego great.
Some people are just bad with names
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was the first European to navigate the coast of California, landing in what is now San Diego in 1542. He named it "San Miguel" before continuing his naming spree up the coast to San Salvador, Victoria, Cabo de Pinos and Bahia de los Pinos, today known as Catalina Island, San Clemente, Point Reyes, and Monterey Bay. Not a single name stuck.
One of these stops: Main Stop (Stop A) Old Town - 4010 Twiggs Street; (Stop B) 1004 N Harbor Dr.- San Diego Embarcadero at Harbor Drive and Broadway; (Stop C) Seaport Village at 470 Kettner Blvd; (Stop E) Horton Plaza Shopping Center; (Stop I) Coronado McP's-1107 Orange Ave.
If you choose to stay on the trolley, the tour time is approximately 2-hours. You may hope on or hop off as many times as you like during the hours of operation. 11 stops. (A) Old Town State Park, (B) San Diego Embarcadero/ USS Midway, (C) Seaport Village, (D) Marriott Hotel and Marina, (E) Horton Plaza (F) Historic Gaslamp Quarter, (G) Bayfront Hilton (H) Coronado Ferry Landing, (I) McP's /Hotel Del Coronado, (J) Balboa Park Visitor Center (K) Little Italy. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
This tour is wheelchair accessible if you contact the GoBe crew 24 hours in advance to ensure your vehicle. Amount of walking is at your personal discretion.
Bus Tour, Budget, Family Friendly, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children 3 years of age or younger participate free of charge.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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