San Diego, California

Known as a place of infinite beauty, affectionate locals and endless sunshine, San Diego has become one of America's favorite cities. Located in the southwest corner of California, close to the border of Mexico, San Diego has a distinct cross-cultural feel, part sun-drenched Mediterranean atmosphere, part south-of-the-border zest and part quintessential California beach town.

The history of San Diego is rooted in its Spanish and Mexican past. San Diego was declared the capital of upper and lower Baja only four years after Mexico gained its independence in 1821. Less than thirty years later, the United States declared war on Mexico and within two years the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo was signed creating the current borders between Mexico and the United States.

The city continues to prosper with a population exceeding one million. World-renowned attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, the Salk Institute, Sea World, La Jolla and the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge have created a strong tourism industry for the area. But undoubtedly what attracts visitors from around the world is the city's breathtaking natural beauty, superb coastline and near-perfect weather.

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Points of Interest

  • Old Town
  • Balboa Park
  • La Jolla
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Sea World
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Harbor Cruise
  • San Diego's Countyside & Wine Tasting
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  • Old Town

    Site of the first Spanish settlement in California in 1769, this historic district offers the finest in theater, shopping, dining and free live entertainment - all within easy walking distance.

  • Balboa Park

    The nation's largest urban cultural park, this 1200-acre park is home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the world famous San Diego Zoo.

  • La Jolla

    Surrounded by ocean bluffs and soft sand beaches, this affluent, hilly, seaside resort outside of San Diego offers fine shopping and dining as well as year-round sunshine and watercolor sunsets.

  • San Diego Zoo

    More than a world-famous zoo, this is a sanctuary for thousands of animals, a landscape of rare plants from all climates and a living classroom that entertains and educates.

  • Sea World

    This gigantic adventure marine park offers close-ups with penguins, dolphins and sharks, sea lion and killer whale shows, rides and water coasters and the opportunity to feed sea mammals!

  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    This stunning 1,800-acre preserve where animals from around the world wander freely in surroundings similar to their natural habitats, features an aviary, a petting zoo, a railway, and animal shows.

  • Harbor Cruise

    Take a harbor cruise that offers up San Diego's history and highlights including a submarine base, the Coronado Bridge, the famous Hotel Del Coronado and area wildlife sightings.

  • San Diego's Countyside & Wine Tasting

    Explore San Diego's wine country which is know as the Valley of the Sun and is only 30 minutes from downtown San Diego.

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San Diego Harbor Cruise

2.15 hours | San Diego | SAN-240
  • Harbor Cruise

Take in the beauty of San Diego with this two-hour, narrated cruise. View historic sea vessels, navy facilities, lighthouses and national monuments. Marvel at the San Diego skyline, the Coronado Bridge and Hotel del Coronado. See sea lions, marine birds and on rare occasions you might be lucky enough to see dolphins in the bay or even whales out in the horizon during their migration in the winter.

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Old Town Trolley Tour

2 hours | San Diego | SAN-205
  • Old Town
  • Balboa Park

Discover San Diego's rich past dating to 1542 with this guided, two-hour, open-air trolley tour. View San Diego Harbor, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Horton Plaza. Travel through Balboa Park, historic Old Town and Gaslamp Quarter. Drive to Coronado Island and learn the unique history of Hotel del Coronado.

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Old Town Trolley Tour (Wheelchair Accessible)

2 hours | San Diego | SAN-206
  • Old Town
  • Balboa Park

Discover San Diego's rich past dating to 1542 with this guided, two-hour, open-air trolley tour. View San Diego Harbor, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Horton Plaza. Travel through Balboa Park, historic Old Town and Gaslamp Quarter. Drive to Coronado Island and learn the unique history of Hotel del Coronado.

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Old Town Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

3 hours | San Diego | SAN-220
  • Old Town

A spine-tingling evening awaits when you board the "Trolley of the Doomed" and traverse the haunted streets of Old Town San Diego in search of the city's darkest and spookiest sights. Begin at El Campo Santo Cemetery and end with a private tour of the Whaley House and its grounds-infamous for its paranormal occurrences.

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City Drive & La Jolla Highlights

4 hours | San Diego | SAN-200
  • Old Town
  • La Jolla

Sample the highlights of San Diego during this four-hour, guided city drive via air-conditioned motorcoach. See the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Balboa Park and La Jolla. Enjoy free time to shop and explore the San Diego's historic "Old Town".

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The San Diego Seal

1.5 hours | San Diego | SAN-660

See the sights of San Diego by land and by sea! Board the colorful and fun San Diego Seal, an open-air amphibious vehicle, and begin with the city highlights, then splash into the bay to view Point Loma and Shelter Island as well as sea lions, pelicans and other playful residents.

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Balboa Park Discovery

6 hours | San Diego | SAN-195
  • Balboa Park

Embark on a full-day excursion via trolley to breathtaking Balboa Park, the nation's largest urban cultural park. Take a brief narrated tour through San Diego, then enjoy a self-guided tour in the park. Visit four museums, stroll beautiful gardens, shop and enjoy lunch at a fine park restaurant.

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Local Connections: An Exploration of San Diego's Culinary Roots Crafted by Bill Esparza

4.25 hours | San Diego | SAN-260
  • Old Town

Feast your way through historic Old Town on this culinary experience crafted by Bill Esparza. At Aqui es Texcoco, a Mexican-style lamb barbecue venue, savor the delicious meat and sample the "pulque," a beverage made from the agave plant. Continue on to ¡SALUD!, a Chicano food eatery, for street-style tacos. Your last stop is Por Vida, for fresh fruit juice called "agua frescas."

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Guided in Japanese: City Drive & La Jolla Highlights

4 hours | San Diego | SAN-204
  • Old Town
  • La Jolla

Sample the highlights of San Diego during this four-hour, guided city drive via air-conditioned motorcoach. See the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Balboa Park and La Jolla. Enjoy free time to shop and explore the San Diego's historic "Old Town".

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Temecula Wine Tasting

5.5 hours | San Diego | SAN-310
  • San Diego's Countyside & Wine Tasting

Enjoy a relaxing day of wine tasting in Temecula, one of California's premier wine tasting regions. Drive through a landscape of grape vines in beautiful rows, cascading up and down the vineyards to two different wineries: Vitagliano Vineyards & Winery and Mount Palomar Winery.

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San Diego Zoo

6 hours | San Diego | SAN-180
  • San Diego Zoo

Enjoy a fun, full-day self guided adventure to the world-renowned San Diego Zoo! Ride a tour bus, take an aerial tram or stroll through 100-acres featuring over 4,000 rare animals and 700,000 exotic plants. Visit the Children's Zoo created just for kids.

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

7 hours | San Diego | SAN-185
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Experience the thrill of an African Safari during this full-day, self-guided excursion via air-conditioned motorcoach to the famous San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Walk or take the tram to tour this 1,800-acre wildlife sanctuary where animals roam freely. Enjoy animal shows and animal encounters.

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