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Best Tours In San Diego: Explore The Coastal City - Updated 2020

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San Diego, California, U.S.A, is one of the great cities this state and country have to offer! A coastal city with so much history and culture packed into the town, San Diego is an excellent choice in stops along your U.S.A adventures! From tasting the local food, learning about the beginnings of the city, or enjoying a ride on the water, here are some excellent tours to choose from during your time in San Diego.

1. San Diego City Tour Bus

Take a drive to see all that San Diego has to offer
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Start your adventures in San Diego with a tour of the city on a coach bus so you can get acclimated to the city and learn all about the history and sights to see during your stay. See the Gaslamp Quarter, La Jolla Park, Balboa Park, and Old Town on this four hour tour to take in the city and appreciate the architecture, history, and culture of San Diego. Don’t worry–there’s air conditioning on the bus!

San Diego City Tour

Address: Hotel pick up included, tours start at 48 USD.

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2. Seal Tour

Hop on a Seal Tour!
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If you and your fellow traveling buddies, whether it is your family or some friends, want to have a tour of San Diego in the non-traditional sense, take a seal tour! This tour takes you around the city both on land AND water, without ever switching from a car to a boat–it’s all the same! Pass by sights on the water of San Diego, gaining a new perspective of this great city, and drive back on land for some seaside sights as well. This 90 minute tour teaches you all about San Diego in a new and exciting way.

San Diego Seal Tour 2017

Address: Meeting point is located at the Seaport Village and departs 3 to 5 times a day. Tours start at 42 USD.

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3. Eat your way through the Gaslamp Quarter


Feeling a little hungry while in San Diego? Why not eat AND learn about the city? The “Brothels, Bites, and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego’s Questionable Past” is perfect for you if you are looking to learn about this city filled with history and also looking to taste the local flavors in the heart of the nightlife area. A 2.5 hour tour covers the Gaslamp Quarter and the intriguing history of the section of San Diego.

Brothels, Bites, and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego's Questionable Past

Address: Meet up at the Gaslamp District in San Diego. Must be 18 years or older. Minimum of four passengers to operate. Prices start at 60 USD.

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4. Culinary Tour of Old Town

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If you’re STILL feeling hungry and thirsty after a tour in the Gaslamp Quarter, you can always take the “Tequila, Tacos, and Tombstones Culinary Tour.” This 2.5 hour walking tour takes you through San Diego’s Old Town district as you learn about the city, taste amazing food, sip on some tequila drinks, and learn of rumored ghost sightings throughout the city.

Tequila, Tacos, and Tombstones Culinary Tour

Address: Meets at Old Town, San Diego, and ends at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant. Minimum of 4 passengers to operate. Prices start at 60 USD.

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5. Get a "birds-eye-view" of San Diego

See San Diego from above!
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If you are afraid of heights, I’d suggest skipping this tour. BUT, if you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take a look at this incredible sightseeing tour! An open cockpit 1920’s style biplane takes you over San Diego to see breathtaking views of the city. You and one other companion ride up front while the driver behind you does all the work, allowing for unobstructed views of San Diego.

Open Cockpit Biplane Sightseeing Ride in San Diego

Address: Meet at Montgomery Field in San Diego. Tours vary in time and prices start at 110 USD.

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6. Dinner Harbor Cruise

Watch the sunset on the water!
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If you are looking for a romantic evening while in San Diego, check out the Harbor Dinner Cruise! Watch the sunset on the “Spirit of San Diego” ship, and enjoy a relaxing and delicious dinner while onboard for this 2.5 to 3 hour tour.

San Diego Harbor Dinner Cruise

Address: North Harbor Drive, San Diego. Prices start at 84 USD.

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7. La Jolla Sea Caves

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If you are looking for a great day trip while in San Diego, check out the La Jolla Sea Caves by kayak! Explore the sea caves and kayak over to the kelp beds at the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. Don’t forget your swim gear!

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

Address: Meet at Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla. Prices started at 44 USD.

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8. USS Midway Museum


The USS Midway Museum is one of the highlights of visiting San Diego. Learn about American naval history at the museum, and be able to skip the lines with this special deal! Visit one of the largest carriers of the US navy fleet, and over 60 different exhibits at the museum.

Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum

Address: USS Midway, downtown San Diego’s Embarcadero alongside Navy Pier. Prices start at 16 USD.

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Sail to happiness in San Diego!

Stay classy San Diego!
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San Diego is a perfect city to experience all the West Coast of the United States has to offer. From eating your way through the districts, to learning about the history of the city, or enjoying all the things that the water has to offer, San Diego is a city to put on your list of travel locations. Happy adventuring!

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Clare Fitzgerald is a recent graduate of Franklin and Marshall College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and an honors Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She continues to pursue...Read more

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