from Best of San Diego Walking Tour with Tickets to the USS Midway
Discover the history and culture of America's finest city.
- Enjoy the ease of seeing the city with a private guide throughout your tour.
- Marvel at the Santa Fe Depot’s Colonial Revival style, built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.
- Visit the century-old US Grant Hotel boasts stunning Art Deco decor and a Prohibition-era speakeasy history.
- Relish the buzz of the Gaslamp Quarter where a lively string of eateries, cafés and bars beg exploration and enjoy a light snack and coffee at one of the cafés.
- See outside the home of the MLB’s San Diego Padres, Petco Park.
- Conclude the private-guided portion of your tour at the USS Midway.
- Hop aboard the USS Midway Museum, where you will enjoy the self-guided audio tour.
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims to have discovered San Diego Bay in 1542, some 200 years before Europeans settled the area. In truth, however, the indigenous Kumeyaay peoples had been living in the area for as long as 12,000 years prior to any European ‘discovery’. Since then, millions of visitors have explored San Diego with its beautiful sun-soaked beaches and fascinating cultural heritage, no longer an uncharted paradise. Today, the city is home to a population of around 1.4 people, with San Diego - or Sandie as the locals call it - the second-largest Californian city.
On your tour, you will see several of the city’s highlights, including the Santa Fe Depot, an elegant railroad station built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Renowned for its soaring towers and tiled domes, this reminder of California's Spanish heritage reflects the resplendent Colonial Revival architectural style. Natural redwood beam ceilings hung with bronze chandeliers and plenty of natural light characterize the interior.
You will also visit one of the city’s most elegant hotels – The US Grant Hotel, a building of Art Deco glamour that has welcomed guests for over 100 years. Famed as a Prohibition-era speakeasy, the lobby is adorned with Empire-era furnishings that reflect the style of Ulysses S. Grant Jr., who built the 11-story hotel in 1910 to honor his father, the nation’s 18th president.
Visit the Gaslamp Quarter, where a buzzing collection of tequila bars, taco restaurants and funk boutiques forms the urban playground of the city. Next, pass by Petco Park, the sporting home of the San Diego Padres, and see Seaport – a picturesque century-old harbour-side. Your private-guided tour ends at the USS Midway Museum, where you will depart with your guide before climbing aboard for a self-guided audio discovery of the life of an enlisted sailor on this former US Navy aircraft carrier.