TourGuideTim Reveals San Diego! http://tourguidetim.com The Best San Diego Travel Guide & Tour Company Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:29:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 San Diego Photography Tourshttp://tourguidetim.com/san-diego-photography-tours/ http://tourguidetim.com/san-diego-photography-tours/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:53:22 +0000 http://tourguidetim.com/?p=8490 San Diego Photography Tours

Location: Gaslamp/Downtown San Diego, Coronado, La Jolla, Point Loma, Balboa Park, Embarcadero/Waterfront, Old Town, various coastal locations, and many other locations throughout San Diego county. Schedule: Daily and by Reservation Cost: $85 and Up Features: Guided, hands-on Photography Tours by a professional photographer guide featuring San Diego’s most beautiful locations with historical narration. Tours by […]

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San Diego Photography Tours

Location: Gaslamp/Downtown San Diego, Coronado, La Jolla, Point Loma, Balboa Park, Embarcadero/Waterfront, Old Town, various coastal locations, and many other locations throughout San Diego county.

Schedule: Daily and by Reservation

Cost: $85 and Up

Features: Guided, hands-on Photography Tours by a professional photographer guide featuring San Diego’s most beautiful locations with historical narration. Tours by foot or by van.


San Diego Photography Tour Highlights

Photography Tour Guests at the harborGuided, hands-on, small group or private Photography Tours by a professional photographer guide of San Diego’s most beautiful and photographic locations. Their San Diego tours through your camera lens offer an alternative to generic sightseeing tours by giving personalized attention to their guests while helping them to take better photographs of San Diego’s key sites and hidden treasures. Their specialized tours are great for tourists and locals who are interested in growing as photographers, improving their images, and going home with photos that are not ‘vanilla!’ They will teach you plenty of photo tips, help you make amazing photos, and will entertain you with interesting stories, historical tidbits, and factoids about San Diego, so that your photos mean more.

San Diego Photography Tours have scoured, hunted, and scouted the county looking for the crème-de-la-crème of the best sightseeing photo opportunities, bring you there at the best times of the day, and show you the best vantage points and how to take the best photos. They have done all this legwork so that you can sit back, relax, and spend your time discovering beautiful San Diego and efficiently getting more great shots!
Their tours are like traveling with a location scout, a professional photographer and a photography coach in your pocket!

Photo Tour examples:

Photograhy tour in Gaslamp Quarter
Downtown Walking Photo Tour
Scenic San Diego Bay’s Embarcadero waterfront,
the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park, old world and contemporary architecture, and other fun surprises!

City Highlights Shuttled Driving Photo Tour
The vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, lush Balboa Park, colorful
Old Town, the scenic Embarcadero Waterfront, the spectacular Star of India, fabulous skyline views, and more.

Coastal Gems Shuttled Driving Photo Tour

Surfers, palm trees, photogenic coastal vistas, colorful beach umbrellas, hidden sea caves, crashing waves, stunning cliffs, beautiful beaches… Need we say more?

Pt. Loma/Cabrillo Shuttled Driving Photo Tour
Captivating Cabrillo National Monument; hauntingly beautiful
Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, the spectacular Star of India,
plus some stunning harbor and/or city views.

Custom, Private, One-on-One Photos Tours

You have the professional photographer guide all to yourself, so you can choose the locations, and they’ll custom-tailor the instruction to suit your needs.

Information on Taking Tours with San Diego Photography Tours

Visit the San Diego Photography Tours web site for tour details, pricing, testimonials, and contact information.

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Location: Mission Valley (7 Miles / 15 Minutes Northeast of Downtown San Diego) Game Times: NFL Football: Fall Sundays at 1:25PM: College Football: Saturday, August 30; Time TBD: Northern Arizona vs. San Diego State University Cost: Varies. Features: Learn what to expect, see, and do in and around Qualcomm Stadium San Diego. How to get […]

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Information for Visitors to Qualcomm Stadium San Diego

Location: Mission Valley (7 Miles / 15 Minutes Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Game Times:

NFL Football: Fall Sundays at 1:25PM:
College Football: Saturday, August 30; Time TBD: Northern Arizona vs. San Diego State University

Cost: Varies.

Features: Learn what to expect, see, and do in and around Qualcomm Stadium San Diego.

How to get to Qualcomm Stadium

Qualcomm Stadium is in a suburban community of San Diego called Mission Valley. It’s address is 9449 Friars Road in San Diego, CA 92108.

Driving to Qualcomm Stadium

Chargers Game at Qualcomm StadiumThe highways leading into Mission Valley are I-8, I-15, and SR-163. They all lead guests to Friars Road, the main street that accesses the stadium. The stadium is surrounded by large parking lots, which opens 4 hours prior to game time for tailgating. Considering the stadium is surrounded on two sides by highways (I-8 and I-15) and on a third side by a shopping center, getting in and out of the stadium by car takes patience. Parking costs $20 for Bowl Games and $25 for NFL games. You can read more about Qualcomm Stadium parking rates and Qualcomm Stadium FAQs from the City of San Diego website.

Taking transit to Qualcomm Stadium

san-diego-trolleyThe San Diego Trolley is a clean and efficient trolley system run by the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). There are three trolley lines (Blue, Orange, and Green). The Green Line connects Qualcomm Stadium to popular tourist locations to the west and south, including Old Town, Little Italy, Santa Fe Train Station in downtown San Diego (AMTRAK trains, regional Coaster trains, and the meeting spot for my San Diego tours), San Diego Convention Center, and the Gaslamp Quarter. It is less than a 30 minute ride from the farthest point (Gaslamp Quarter) to Qualcomm Stadium. One-way fare is $2.50. Many people will buy a Day Pass for $5. To buy a Day Pass, you will need a Compass Card, which you can purchase at a ticket machine for $2 to load the Day Pass onto the Compass Card. Going in the other direction (east), the Green Line goes to San Diego State University and the inland cities of El Cajon and Santee.

Going to Qualcomm Stadium by transit is busy, but not crazy busy. However, leaving after the game is crazy busy but MTS will have several trolley trains with extra trolley cars ready to take visitors out of the area. The trolley station is a short walk (less than 200 feet) from the stadium. You can download the trolley schedule and details from MTS.

Hotels near Qualcomm Stadium

Mission Valley There are hotels in Mission Valley within a couple miles of the stadium. None are within walking distance of the stadium and most of the hotels are not easy to walk to from nearby Green Line trolley stops. The one exception is the Doubletree Hotel, across the street from the Hazard Center station (4th trolley stop west of the stadium). Thus, I recommend you have a car if you want to stay at a hotel in Mission Valley. The area is full of shopping centers and restaurants, including the high-end Fashion Valley Mall.

Other hotel areas near Qualcomm Stadium are also areas popular among tourists. These are areas just a few miles west heading towards the ocean and then south heading into downtown San Diego. There is easy freeway access to these areas. Most of these areas are also connected by the Green Trolley Line allowing visitors to avoid renting a car and still have the ability to readily get around San Diego. Notable hotel areas near Qualcomm Stadium are listed below with the areas closest listed first. A brief description description of each area is provided to help you decide where you may want to stay in San Diego.

Hotel Circle A one mile stretch of hotels located 3 to 4 miles west of Qualcomm Stadium known as Hotel Circle runs along I-8, west of SR-163. Hotel Circle North runs along the north side of I-8 and Hotel Circle South runs along the south side of I-8. Most of the hotels and motels offer free parking. A few have restaurants. Hotel Circle is bordered by Old Town to the west and Fashion Valley Mall to the east. Old Town and Fashion Valley have many restaurants to choose from and each has a trolley stop on the Green Line. MTS Bus #88 runs past these hotels going back and forth between the Old Town and Fashion Valley trolley stations. It takes about a 5 minute walk to reach the restaurants near each trolley station.

Old Town
Old Town is popular for its many Mexican restaurants surrounding the Old Town State Historic Park. This is the original San Diego established not too long after the Spanish established a mission on the hillside above Old Town in 1769. This is a popular tourist area with a lot of people milling about during the day and evenings. It is also a transit hub for MTS Trolleys and Buses. Most of the hotels are just a few blocks away offering a quieter environment but easy walk to all of the activity.

Little Italy
Little Italy used to be home to the 2nd largest Italian community in the United States. Many Italians were involved in the tuna industry during its heyday in San Diego. Some of their descendants have remained to create a tight-knit community with many traditional Italian events, a popular Saturday morning farmer’s market, and many great Italian restaurants. It’s fairly active during the day and generally busy during the evenings. Most of the hotels in and around Little Italy are smaller boutique type hotels.

Downtown San Diego / Convention Center / Gaslamp Quarter
Downtown San Diego is the main area for both convention and tourist hotels. To give you an idea of its scope, from Little Italy just to the north of this area and heading south to the Gaslamp Quarter, it is about a 35 minute walk or 15 minute trolley ride. Many of the hotels are along Broadway, Pacific Highway, Harbor Drive, and in the Gaslamp Quarter. They all have easy access to the MTS Trolley and Buses, restaurants, and harbor attractions. The area running along the harbor is busy during they day but quiet in the evenings. The Gaslamp Quarter is the opposite in that it is relatively quiet during the day but busy with nightlife during the evenings.

Restaurants and Bars near Qualcomm Stadium

I wouldn’t plan on walking to or from any bars and restaurants near the stadium before and after a game. However, you could technically walk to a few places if you are willing to dodge the cars coming in and out of the stadium parking lot.

McGregor’s Grill & Alehouse – This is not only the closest sports bar to Qualcomm Stadium but it was rated the top sports bar in San Diego for 2013 and is a place I enjoy going to as a sports fan. They’ve got good food, lots of TVs, pool tables and even a shuffle board. It’s in a small strip mall just three-quarters of a mile east of the stadium. Take the small side street at the northwest corner of the stadium parking lot called San Diego Mission Road and drive or walk on the sidewalk to Rancho Mission Road where you will find McGregor’s on the right side.

Fenton Marketplace – This shopping center borders the west side of the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot. It offers several restaurants. My favorite would be Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company, a small chain of sports bars in the San Diego area. You can see all of the restaurants available on the Fenton Marketplace Google+ page. Don’t plan on walking here because you would have to walk across several lanes of traffic entering and exiting the stadium parking lot. It would be easier to take the trolley one stop to the west to the Fenton Parkway station.

Westfield Mission Valley Mall – There are two large sports bars in this shopping center 2 miles west of the stadium, just off I-8 at the Mission Center Road exit. Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is known for its scantily clad waitresses, large bar area, walls of TVs surrounding the large seating area, and a small outdoor patio. In the same shopping center is Buffalo Wild Wings, which took up the space of the former Seau’s Restaurant, which was owned by the late San Diego Charger favorite, Junior Seau.

Things to do in San Diego

When you come to San Diego for a football game, soccer game, or other special event at Qualcomm Stadium, there are lots of San Diego attractions very close by for you to enjoy. Our San Diego Airport is located adjacent to downtown San Diego and our harbor, making it very easy to settle in quickly at your hotel and enjoy time taking advantage of the many things to do in San Diego before and after the game. This San Diego travel web site provides the details on over 250 San Diego attractions organized by area and topic. For example, as a sports fan, you might be interested in visiting the largest sports museum in the country at Balboa Park, which is a park full of museums adjacent to the San Diego Zoo.

Another benefit during football season in particular is taking advantage of San Diego’s great weather. Imagine enjoying a warm day in San Diego, watching paragliders flying off 300 foot ocean cliffs, visiting the Torrey Pines Golf Course, home to the 2008 U.S. Open and annual Farmer’s Insurance Open or walking along the beach in La Jolla Cove, where you’ll get to see sea lions, seals, and on occasion dolphins and whales. These are all things guests get to enjoy on my Coastal San Diego Tour to La Jolla and Torrey Pines. Come join me for an afternoon bus and walking tour. Tours start at the Santa Fe Train station in downtown San Diego. For guests going to the Poinsettia Bowl and Holiday Bowls, you can be dropped off at the Old Town Trolley station shortly before 5PM for the 15 minute trolley ride to Qualcomm Stadium.

For those attending the Holiday Bowl, you can check out the Big Bay Balloon Parade from 10am-11:30am just two blocks away from the meeting point of the tour outside the Santa Fe Train Station. Guests meet at 11:45am to join the tour.

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Historic San Diego Food Tours with So Diego Tourshttp://tourguidetim.com/historic-san-diego-food-tours-with-so-diego-tours/ http://tourguidetim.com/historic-san-diego-food-tours-with-so-diego-tours/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2011 20:52:53 +0000 http://tourguidetim.com/?p=6789 Historic San Diego Food Tours with So Diego Tours

Locations: Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town Tour Schedule: 2.5 hour tours for Lunch & Dinner, Wednesdays through Saturdays Cost: $45, includes food tastings Features: Themed Walking Tours combining local Food and History Historic San Diego Food Tour Highlights San Diego is home to the oldest settlement on the West Coast of the United States. Over […]

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Historic San Diego Food Tours with So Diego Tours

Locations: Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town

Tour Schedule: 2.5 hour tours for Lunch & Dinner, Wednesdays through Saturdays

Cost: $45, includes food tastings

Features: Themed Walking Tours combining local Food and History

Historic San Diego Food Tour Highlights

San Diego is home to the oldest settlement on the West Coast of the United States. Over time, its culture has been influenced by the Spanish, Mexicans, and Americans, all of whom came out to this far-off location in pursuit of new opportunities in the Wild West. It’s been home to the likes of Wyatt Earp and many other interesting characters who made their mark in the development of San Diego.

So Diego Tours will take you back-in-time on walking tours through our historic areas of Old Town and the Gaslamp Quarter. Along the way, you will taste a sampling of the foods inspired by this historic past.

So Diego Food Tours

Here is a summary of the historic food tours:

Brothels, Bites and Booze: a Culinary Tour of SD’s Questionable Past

Guide leading historic Gaslamp Food TourGaslamp Quarter History and Food Tasting Tour – $45/person
Day Tour: Fri and Sat @ 11am
Night Tour: Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat @ 5:30pm

Often called the Historic Heart of San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter is the city’s most popular dining and entertainment destination. With more than 150 bars and restaurants and 94 registered historic buildings, this nightlife district has a lot to see and do, as well as an interesting, R-rated past.

On the Brothels, Bites and Booze walking tour, you’ll learn about San Diego’s beginnings as a port town. Discover why it became one of the more infamous red light districts of its time, and find out how this once-seedy neighborhood became a fun and vibrant San Diego neighborhood.

With your knowledgeable guide, you’ll embark on a culinary journey of scandalous stories, delicious cocktails and flavorful local cuisine. On the tour, you’ll make new friends, hear fascinating tales, sing karaoke and visit local restaurants.

For more details and reservations, visit: http://sodiegotours.com/blog/2010/09/san-diego-food-tour/.

Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour

Guests enjoying the historic Old Town Food TourOld Town History and Food Tasting Tour – $45/person
Wed, Thurs, Fri @ 5:30pm

Take a walk on the ghostly side of San Diego on the Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones culinary tour of the Old Town district, also known as the “Birthplace of California.” One of the best places to spend an evening in San Diego, Old Town is also considered by some to be haunted, so buddy up and prepare to get spooked while walking past El Campo Santo Cemetery and the Whaley House (officially designated as a haunted house by the US government).

On this Old Town walking tour, you’ll admire the original adobe homes from the 19th century and stop at restaurants to taste authentic Mexican cuisine and sample cocktails. Come with an appetite — by the end of the tour you’ll have had the equivalent of a full meal.

A fabulous introduction to San Diego food and history, this culinary walking tour will dazzle your taste buds, titillate your sixth sense and appeal to your sense of adventure.

For more details and reservations, visit: http://sodiegotours.com/blog/2011/08/45-tequila-tacos-and-tombstones-old-town-culinary-tour/

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San Diego Rental Car Advice for Touristshttp://tourguidetim.com/san-diego-car-rental/ http://tourguidetim.com/san-diego-car-rental/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2011 21:10:53 +0000 http://tourguidetim.com/?p=6698 San Diego Rental Car Advice for Tourists

San Diego is one of the easiest cities to visit in the world. Why? The San Diego Airport is only one mile away from the hotels and attractions in Downtown San Diego. Yes, you fly right over Balboa Park and through Downtown as you come in for landing. This makes it very convenient and quick […]

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San Diego Rental Car Advice for Tourists

San Diego is one of the easiest cities to visit in the world. Why? The San Diego Airport is only one mile away from the hotels and attractions in Downtown San Diego.

Yes, you fly right over Balboa Park and through Downtown as you come in for landing. This makes it very convenient and quick for you to get started on enjoying your vacation in San Diego.

Do You Need a Rental Car in San Diego?

The answer to whether you need a car rental in San Diego depends on where your hotel is located and what attractions you want to see.

San Diego Hotels

If you are staying in Downtown San Diego, San Diego Hotelsincluding the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, and the hotels surrounding the Convention Center, or in the areas of Old Town, Hotel Circle, or Mission Valley, you can easily visit most of San Diego’s top attractions without renting a car in San Diego. You will start with Bus #992, which takes airport visitors to the trolley station a mile away and makes stops near downtown hotels on Broadway. All of these areas are served by the San Diego Trolley with the exception of some hotels in Hotel Circle, where guests will want to take a short ride on Bus #88 to reach a nearby trolley station. A public transit Day Pass for using buses and trolleys only costs $5. All of these areas are also served by the Old Town Trolley hop-on and hop-off tour.

If you are staying at hotels on Shelter Island, Mission Bay, Pacific Beach, or father north along the beaches of San Diego, you will want to consider getting a rental car to more readily get around to the attractions in San Diego. However, one alternative to a car rental if staying in these areas is using Gray Line Tours, which provides hotel pick-up to give you access to their city tours, tours to Mexico, and transportation to main attractions including the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and LEGOLAND.

For more information on the different areas where you will find hotels in San Diego and the public transit options for each, read this introduction to San Diego hotels.

San Diego Attractions

Most attractions in San Diego Panda at the San Diego Zooare served by some form of transit. (If you use this online travel guide by TourGuideTim, you will find the descriptions provided for over 200 attractions includes the transit options that are available at each destination.)

However, it can be appreciated most tourists shy away from transit, especially if it is not easy to use or takes too long to reach an attraction. To make it simple, if you are staying at a hotel that is readily accessible to the San Diego Trolley as described above, you can avoid using a car rental in San Diego to see the major attractions unless you plan to visit SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (this is different from the San Diego Zoo), and LEGOLAND. You can get transportation to these attractions from your hotel using Gray Line Tours but if you want a flexible schedule, it is best to get a rental car for these visits.

In addition, if you want to visit the San Diego Zoo or the Hotel del Coronado, both require short rides on a city bus. However, a good alternative is to sign up for Old Town Trolley Tours mentioned earlier, which has stops within short walks of both attractions. Also, if you want to visit La Jolla, I’d recommend my highly rated tour which takes guests from downtown San Diego to all of the top sites in La Jolla and Torrey Pines, most of which are not accessible by transit and which almost all visitors and many locals do not find on their own.

Advice for those who get a Car Rental in San Diego

Here are some things to keep in mind if you get a rental car:

  • Downtown San Diego has numerous one-way streets.
  • Many local streets north of downtown San Diego start and stop several times because San Diego is full of hills and valleys (called mesas and canyons by the locals). These streets do not have bridges to connect you from one side of a canyon to the other so you end up at dead ends and have to figure out what streets will get you to the other side.
  • Motorcyclists are allowed to pass in between cars so be careful when you go to change lanes during a traffic jam, which is when motorcyclists take advantage of the opportunity to squeeze between cars.
  • Bicyclists are allowed on to the interstate highways on some stretches, especially in the La Jolla area, so keep an eye out for them as well.
  • Check to see how much your hotel charges for overnight parking.

Advice for those not getting a Rental Car in San Diego

Here are some resources to help you visit San Diego without a car rental: San Diego Trolley

  • San Diego’s transit system earns many awards for its innovation. It’s latest endeavor to stay at the forefront of technology is a collaboration with Google Maps, which will show you on your computer, smartphone, or via text message real-time data on when the next bus will arrive at your stop. You can learn more about this service, try out the transit planner that provides information on what transit can be used to get from point A to point B, and access San Diego public transit maps on TourGuideTim’s page about San Diego Transit Information for Tourists.
  • San Diego’s tour companies provide an excellent alternative to renting a car in San Diego. Not only do you get to avoid the hassles of driving around a new (and challenging) area on your vacation but you will also learn a lot of fascinating history about the area. You can learn more about the Old Town Trolley, Gray Line Tours, and my own La Jolla Tours on TourGuideTim’s page about San Diego Tours.

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Summary of the Best Tours in San Diegohttp://tourguidetim.com/san-diego-tours/ http://tourguidetim.com/san-diego-tours/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2011 23:04:55 +0000 http://tourguidetim.com/?p=6656 Summary of the Best Tours in San Diego

TourGuideTim® tours offer the most in-depth, interactive bus and walking tours in San Diego. However, there are many types of tours in San Diego and we are happy to help promote other San Diego tours so you can find the ones that best match your interests. Our goal is to help you make the most […]

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Summary of the Best Tours in San Diego

TourGuideTim® tours offer the most in-depth, interactive bus and walking tours in San Diego. However, there are many types of tours in San Diego and we are happy to help promote other San Diego tours so you can find the ones that best match your interests. Our goal is to help you make the most of your vacation in San Diego.

Here’s a brief summary of our tours and others with a good reputation among tourists, concierges and locals and where to get more information.

San Diego City Tour with TourGuideTim

Comfortable mid-sized coach buses used for our City and Coast Tours

Comfortable mid-sized coach buses for the City & Coast Tours that come with both driver and guide

Join our San Diego City Attractions and History Tour to learn the local history and get the best overview of San Diego attractions in and around downtown San Diego, including San Diego harbor, Old Town, San Diego Zoo, Coronado, and the Gaslamp Quarter. This 2.5-hour morning tour includes a Pacific Ocean photo stop at Sunset Cliffs and an optional walking tour past the museums at Balboa Park. Our tours provide more information and interaction than any other bus tour because we have two people running our tours. While the driver focuses on getting us where we need to go, our expert guide can provide you 100% of their attention and answer questions so you can make the most of your vacation in San Diego. Learn more about the San Diego City Tour.

San Diego Coast Tour to La Jolla & Torrey Pines with TourGuideTim

Guests listening to tour guide while looking out at La Jolla Cove

Guests learning about sea lions at La Jolla Cove on the Coastal San Diego Tour

Join us to see some of the most beautiful coastline found anywhere in the world. This 5-hour afternoon tour includes four extended stops ranging from 20 minutes to 1.5 hours where you can join your guide for a walking tour or explore on your own. Our stops include a hilltop overlooking the entire San Diego area and Pacific Ocean, the Torrey Pines Golf Course where our guests receive an exclusive discount on souvenirs, the Torrey Pines Gliderport on the cliffs above Black’s Beach, and the Village of La Jolla, where we’ll see sea lions and seals at La Jolla Cove and Children’s Pool. Since our tours include both a driver and a guide, we provide a lot of flexibility and can accommodate guests who have difficulty walking. Learn more about the San Diego Coastal Tour.

San Diego Ghost Tours with Haunted San Diego

Purple Ghost Bus with Guide in CostumeJoin this combination bus and walking tour to learn the haunted tales of the West Coast’s oldest settlement. This 2-hour evening tour starts in Old Town, the Birthplace of California and takes guests to some of the oldest homes and buildings in San Diego. The tour includes exclusive access into the oldest surviving structure in downtown San Diego and a walk through San Diego’s second oldest cemetery. Like our TourGuideTim tours, Haunted San Diego is locally owned and operated and provides both a driver and a guide so visitors can get the best experience possible. Learn more about the San Diego Ghost Tours.

San Diego Hop-on & Hop-off Tours with the Old Town Trolley

Old Town Trolley Tour bus The Old Town Trolley provides convenience for those who want to explore on their own. Their two-hour sightseeing loop includes nearly 12 stops at popular attractions such as the Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado, Balboa Park, Little Italy, Old Town, San Diego Harbor, and Seaport Village. Guests can stay on-board for the full two hours but most will ‘hop-off’ at the various stops to explore the attractions and then ‘hop-on’ another Trolley, which generally pass by each stop every 30 minutes. The drivers are known as ‘Conductors’ and will share the history of San Diego as you travel between stops. Learn more about the Old Town Trolley.

SEAL Tours with the Old Town Trolley (Duck Tours)

amphibious-tourSEAL Tours, better known by many as Duck Tours, is a sea and land tour, that provides a look at the attractions in and around San Diego harbor. It is a 1.5-hour tour on an amphibious boat. The boat captain spends about a half-hour driving alongside the harbor in downtown San Diego and then enters into the water in an area known as America’s Cup Harbor for about an hour loop between North Island Naval Air Station and Cabrillo National Monument. A tour guide will share the history of the harbor and talk about local attractions like the Maritime and USS Midway museums, the military’s influence on San Diego, and local marine biology research as you enjoy watching a variety of ships traveling in and out of the harbor and Pacific Ocean and sea lions hanging out on buoys. Learn more about the SEAL tours.

San Diego Harbor Tours with Flagship Cruises

harbor-cruiseStep-aboard a yacht for a narrated cruise of San Diego harbor. Tours start in downtown San Diego and take you either north towards America’s Cup Harbor for a good look at nuclear aircraft carriers if they are in port, a submarine base, and Cabrillo National Monument where the first Spanish Conquistadors arrived in 1542 or south under the Coronado Bay Bridge to see the shipyards and Naval Base San Diego, home port to the largest concentration of ships. Both the ‘north loop’ and the ‘south loop’ each take 1 hour to travel about 12 miles. You can also enjoy both loops in one 2-hour tour. This locally owned and operated company also provides dinner cruises and a local ferry service between downtown San Diego and Coronado. Learn more about Flagship Cruises.

San Diego Sailing Tours

San Diego Sailing Tour boat on San Diego HarborSan Diego is sailing paradise with good weather and gentle breezes throughout the year. It hosted the America’s Cup Sailing Races in 1988, 1992 and 1995, with the famous Dennis Conner, a local San Diegan leading the way. The BMW-Oracle team, which brought back the America’s Cup to the U.S. in 2010 after an 18 year absence did their training in San Diego. The scenery around San Diego harbor is beautiful and the history is plentiful. Come experience it with San Diego Sailing Tours, which offers 2-hour tours during the day and during the evening sunset. Tours are limited to six guests and include both a captain and a first mate to ensure you have an enjoyable sailing experience while learning about San Diego. Learn more about San Diego Sailing Tours.

San Diego Segway Tours with We Love Tourists

segway-tourIf you enjoy riding these motorized transporters or have always wanted to try one out, take a Segway tour. There’s the 2.5-hour City Loop that includes the harborfront, Gaslamp Quarter and Balboa Park and the 2-hour La Jolla Tour to go up and down the hills in the beautiful coastal community in La Jolla. Tours include training on how to use a Segway and narration from your guide on the places you’ll see. This locally owned and operated company also provides personal walking tours of SeaWorld and Legoland. Learn more about We Love Tourists.

San Diego Electric Bike Tours with San Diego Fly Rides

Electric bike tour guests on hilltop overlooking Pacific OceanIf you love to ride bicycles but are traveling with someone who’s not as confident in their ability, trying an electric bike tour is the way to go. These motorized bikes look like regular bicycles and are just a little heavier than a normal bicycle. You can peddle as much or as little as you want as you explore San Diego on a tour. Tours are offered for the areas in and around Balboa Park, Cabrillo National Monument, and La Jolla and generally last 2 to 2.5 hours. Bike helmets are provided. If you end up loving your electric bike, you can also check out the bikes San Diego Fly Rides has for sale and have them shipped to your home. Learn more about San Diego Fly Rides.

San Diego Kayak Tours with Hike Bike Kayak

Go out on the water with a naturalist to explore the natural beauty of San Diego. Hike Bike Kayak is a locally owned and operated company that offers small group kayak tours of San Diego Bay, Mission Bay, and La Jolla Cove. Learn about the local sea life such as sea lions, seals, dolphins, and sea turtles. In La Jolla, you might even get to enter a sea cave. Tours last upwards of 2 hours. Wet suites are available if desired. Whale watching tours are available during the winter and tours to see the evening fireworks at SeaWorld are available during the summer. Learn more about Hike Bike Kayak.

San Diego Microbrewery Tours with Brewery Tours of San Diego

San Diego has become the mecca for fans of microbreweries. San Diego breweries have accumulated more medals at national and international beer festivals than any other region. The Brewery Tours of San Diego takes you to these award winning breweries on both afternoon and evening tours lasting from 4 to 5 hours. They have multiple pick-up points so you don’t have to drive and they visit different breweries on different days so you have the chance to try a wide variety of beers. You will also get to enjoy a behind the scenes tour at most of those breweries. Learn more about the Brewery Tours of San Diego.

Temecula Wine Tours with Destination Temecula

Wine tour Mercedes Sprinter busSouthern California’s wine country is in Temecula, an hour’s drive north of downtown San Diego. Destination Temecula picks up guests at their San Diego hotels and takes them on a full day narrated tour to visit three wineries, including a stop for a gourmet lunch, and provides time for guests to look through the shops and galleries in Old Town Temecula. The tour takes roads less traveled as you enter wine country so you can enjoy the beauty of this wine making region. Learn more about Destination Temecula.

San Diego Beer & Wine Tours by Train with Shira

Travel San Diego’s coastline by train to visit boutique breweries or wineries. These 5-hour afternoon tours start in San Diego and travel north on the regional Coaster train. The tours include a behind the scenes look at some of the stops, short walking tours, education on the local wines or brews, games and prizes. Drinking is allowed on the train. Lunch is included. Learn more about San Diego Beer & Wine Tours.

San Diego Food Tours with So Diego Tours

Guests enjoying the historic Old Town Food TourEnjoy food and drink tastings at local restaurants during a walking tour of Old Town or the historic Gaslamp Quarter. The 2.5 hour tours are offered for both lunch and dinner. You’ll enjoy colorful stories of local history as you walk from restaurant to restaurant on the Gaslamp Brothels, Bites & Booze tour and Old Town’s Tequila, Tacos & Tombstones tour. There will be enough food more most people to consider it a full meal. Learn more about So Diego Tours.

Photo tours with San Diego Photography Tours

San Diego Photo Tour in downtown San DiegoSan Diego is one of the most beautiful places in the world. After a San Diego vacation, visitor’s cameras are full of captured memories. If you want to learn new tricks on taking the perfect photograph, join a sightseeing tour where you will not only learn how to better use your personal camera but also learn the history of the areas you visit. Public tours generally last upwards of 4 hours. Both walking and vehicle led tours are available, covering different areas of San Diego, including downtown San Diego and the adjoining harborfront, Cabrillo National Monument, Old Town, Balboa Park, and La Jolla. Private tours are also available. Learn more about San Diego Photography Tours.

Coronado Walking Tours

Coronado is located just across the harbor from downtown San Diego and is considered one of the more idyllic communities in America. It is home to retired Admirals, Navy SEALs, tree-lined streets where no two adjacent homes are the same, and a history covering everything from a tent city to the oldest hotel in California. Take a walking tour around this idyllic town, past the mansions, and the historic Hotel del Coronado while learning about the area’s storied history. It’s a town where 11 U.S. Presidents and many world leaders have vacationed while in office. Guides Nancy and Gerry have been running the tours since 1980. The 1.5-hour walking tour starts at the Glorietta Bay Inn, across the street from the Hotel Del, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11AM. Learn more about Coronado Walking Tours.

More San Diego Tours

If you are looking for Grayline bus tours, the local operator closed its office in 2012. They were very helpful to TourGuideTim tours when we launched our business in 2010 focusing on a more in-depth, interactive experience and we look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

Scroll down a list of San Diego tours to find more suggestions of tours that might interest you. You will also see various attractions including Balboa Park and Old Town State Historic Park offer periodic walking tours on some select days of the month. Enjoy!

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Location: Downtown San Diego Schedule: Summers at 11:30AM and 5:30PM; Public and Private Charters Cost: $40 – $100 for Adults (Discounts for Kids) Features: Sail on an America’s Cup Yacht in the Beautiful San Diego Bay. America’s Cup Sailing Highlights: San Diego served as host to the America’s Cup Yacht races in 1988, 1992, and […]

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Sail San Diego Harbor in an America’s Cup Yacht

Location: Downtown San Diego

Schedule: Summers at 11:30AM and 5:30PM; Public and Private Charters

Cost: $40 – $100 for Adults (Discounts for Kids)

Features: Sail on an America’s Cup Yacht in the Beautiful San Diego Bay.

America’s Cup Sailing Highlights: San Diego served as host to the America’s Cup Yacht races in 1988, 1992, and 1995. San Diego has also hosted teams preparing to compete in Americas Cup Races in other parts of the world, including 2010 winner BMW-Oracle.

Enjoy the exhilarating experience of riding in one of the most advanced sail boats in the world. You can take a leisurely ride to enjoy the spectacular views in San Diego Harbor or you can join in on a fast-paced race to get the heart pumping.

Information on Taking America’s Cup Sailing Tours

Dennis Conner’s Americas Cup Experience – Throughout the summer, you can join a 1.5 hour sail through San Diego Harbor at 11:30AM or a 2.5 hour sunset sail at 5:30PM. Year-round, you can join a 2PM Race if enough people sign up. Pricing starts at $49 for the daily sail and range up to $99 for the races. Fees include free admission to the San Diego Maritime Museum, which is where the sailing tours depart.

Sail USA-11 – Sail on the largest America’s Cup vessel open to the public in San Diego. You will have the opportunity to help the crew as you sail at high speeds through San Diego Harbor. Public and private charters are available as requested. Public sails last 2.5 hours for $100. Tours depart from Shelter Island, which is just a few miles west of Downtown San Diego.

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Travelers are blown away by how much there is to see and do in San Diego. They come with the expectation to see SeaWorld, the Zoo, local beaches, and the Gaslamp Quarter, only to find out there is so much more they are missing. Because there is so much to know about San Diego, it […]

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Find a Personal Guide from the San Diego Professional Tour Guide Association

Travelers are blown away by how much there is to see and do in San Diego. They come with the expectation to see SeaWorld, the Zoo, local beaches, and the Gaslamp Quarter, only to find out there is so much more they are missing.

Because there is so much to know about San Diego, it helps to hire a local to take you on the tour of the area, provide an insider’s perspective on where to experience the activities you will remember for a lifetime, and make sure your visit goes smoothly as planned.

San Diego Tour Guides learning about the Chinese Historical District

Members of the San Diego Professional Tour Guide Association (SDPTGA) take pride in their knowledge of the local area and seek to serve you as great hosts. SDPTGA organizes monthly meetings for its members to go behind the scenes at area attractions and learn all of the unique stories and little-known tidbits to share with guests.

The member Tour Guides have a variety of experiences and specialties. Some focus on certain areas of town, while others focus on foreign tourists who need someone to speak in their native language.

Call or send an email to the SDPTGA and you will get a quick response to find a tour guide that can meet your needs.

As a member of the SDPTGA, I can proudly recommend this wonderful group of people to serve as your hosts in our amazing city of San Diego, California.

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Location: Downtown San Diego, La Jolla, Torrey Pines Tour Schedule: Starts at 12PM most days except Sundays Cost: $68 Departs: Santa Fe Train Depot in Downtown San Diego, which serves AMTRAK, regional Coaster train, and city Trolley service. It is located two blocks from the Visitor Information Center, Cruise Ship Terminal, and Harbor Attractions. Features: […]

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La Jolla Sightseeing Tours

Location: Downtown San Diego, La Jolla, Torrey Pines

Tour Schedule: Starts at 12PM most days except Sundays

Cost: $68

Departs: Santa Fe Train Depot in Downtown San Diego, which serves AMTRAK, regional Coaster train, and city Trolley service. It is located two blocks from the Visitor Information Center, Cruise Ship Terminal, and Harbor Attractions.

Features: Half-Day, Expert-Guided Tour from San Diego to La Jolla and Torrey Pines. Amazing views; Fascinating Trivia; Includes free time.

Enjoying the Views at La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Sightseeing Tour Highlights: If you have browsed around this TourGuideTim travel web site while preparing for your San Diego Vacation, you probably noticed we share more details about local attractions than other travel guides. There are also many instances where we share interesting trivia about an attraction that few know about but many find fascinating.

You can expect the same attention to detail and fascinating trivia when you take the San Diego to La Jolla Sightseeing Tour with TourGuideTim.

What Guests are Saying

A recent guest from England summed up the typical response we get during a tour, “Absolutely Brilliant! There is a surprise around every corner!”

Looking out over the Ecological Reserve

Guests also often ask, “How comes this place is not more famous?!”

La Jolla, La Hoya. What makes this town with a funny name so famous among the rich?

Many guests have heard of La Jolla, which is pronounced as La Hoya, but don’t know what makes it famous. When you come on the tour, you’ll find out why the world’s wealthiest have moved into the area to make it the most expensive housing market in America, despite the fact multi-million dollar homes are stacked up right next to each other.

It is all about the views, wildlife, ecological reserve, beach activities, seaside cliffs, caves, art galleries, boutique shops, and oh, did we mention the views.

Sea Lions Sunbathing in La Jolla Cove

The spectacular views can not be mentioned enough. Many wonder if this is what heaven is like. People’s spirits are lifted as they soak in the scenery and sounds of wildlife at La Jolla Cove.

What Guests Will See

  • 360 degree views from one of the highest hilltops along the Southern California coast.
  • Multi-million dollar mansions.
  • Sea Lions, Seals, Brown Pelicans, and Cormorants.
  • The famous Torrey Pines Golf Course, home to the 2008 U.S. Open.
  • Fearless people flying off beach cliffs on paragliders.
  • Gliding off the Cliffs at Torrey Pines

  • Art galleries, Boutique shops, Fine restaurants, and Fancy car dealerships – you will see showrooms for Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, and Bentley.
  • Beach views you will remember for a lifetime.

What Guests Will Learn

  • History of Aviation – Several national and world firsts took place in San Diego.
  • Geology – The San Diego landscape provides one of the most beautiful urban areas in the world, encompassing the ocean, canyons, mountains, and desert.
  • Architecture – Some of the more notable works of internationally recognized architects are found in San Diego and La Jolla.
  • Coastline next to Scripps Park

  • Famous Residents – Hollywood stars, financial tycoons, and other recognizable figures who have lived in La Jolla.
  • Interesting Trivia – Your guide has a treasure trove of facts that will keep you saying, ‘Wow’.


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What Guests Can Do

Preparing to Bike down from Mt. Soledad

Main Tour – Enjoy all the things to see and learn, as described above, and then spend an hour-and-a-half getting a bite to eat, exploring the art galleries and boutique shops, or just feeling inspired by staring at the beauty of La Jolla Cove. This is the way most guests enjoy their afternoon in La Jolla. However, if you want to walk, bike, kayak, snorkel, or shop, here are some other options you can combine with this tour.

Walking Tour – Instead of going off on your own for free time, join a walking tour along La Jolla Cove to learn about the sea lions, seals, brown pelicans, and cormorants as well as learn about the pioneering women who made La Jolla what it is today.

Kayaking in the Ecological Reserve

Bike Tour – Reserve a spot to get off the bus at the first stop, Mount Soledad, and exercise your legs as you bike down the hill and go for a two-hour ride with a guide from ‘Hike Bike Kayak’ along local streets, exploring La Jolla and nearby beach areas. You will then have an hour of free time in La Jolla Shores before you head back to San Diego on the sightseeing tour bus.

Kayak or Snorkel Tour -  Explore the La Jolla Ecological Reserve on a 1.5 hour guided tour with ‘Hike Bike Kayak’. Learn about the local marine life and, if conditions permit, explore the sea caves.

Surf Lesson – Take advantage of this introduction to the quintessential California pastime of surfing. Your 1.5 hour group lesson includes lesson time on the beach and then riding the calm waves in La Jolla Shores.

Boutique Shops in the Village

Shopping – If you love to shop at unique shops and art galleries for hard-to-find items, the Village of La Jolla is the place to go. For those who want extra free time to browse through over 100 shops, grab a bite to eat, and walk along La Jolla Cove, just let us know when you board the sightseeing tour and we’ll drop you off so you have over 3 hours of free time, instead of 1.5 hours. You will miss part of the sightseeing tour as it continues to La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines before it returns to the Village.

Beach – If you want to sit on the beach or dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean, you will have free time to do so in La Jolla Cove when you take the Main Tour.

Standing alone atop the Beach Cliffs

However, if you want to spend up to 2.5 hours at the beach and be able to rent beach gear, just let us know and we’ll drop you off in La Jolla Shores. You will miss the visit to Torrey Pines and the free time to spend in the Village Shops and La Jolla Cove but we’ll still pick you up for the return tour ride to San Diego.

Can’t Make Up Your Mind? Don’t worry about it. Pick the Main Tour and you will have a great time. The options show there is just so much to see and do in La Jolla that you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to spend an afternoon seeing why it is a place you will remember for a lifetime.


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SEALIFE Birch Aquarium Olympic Center Soak City Nature Center Botanic Gardens Command Museum Surf Museum Enjoy the Slideshow – Starts in 6 seconds. San Diego County, California can probably claim it has more tourist attractions than any other area in the country. As a result, many great attractions are often overlooked. The pictures above represent […]

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San Diego County, California can probably claim it has more tourist attractions than any other area in the country. As a result, many great attractions are often overlooked. The pictures above represent a sampling of attractions that deserve more attention. If you are looking for something new to see, select one of the picture tabs above or start exploring the attractions by the locations or themes listed in the sidebar to the right and find yourself a new adventure. Enjoy your travels!

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