San Diego Highlights
A typical San Diego city highlights tour is 4 hours and usually includes most of the areas below. However, this tour can be revised based on your desires. The amount of time and extent of visit to each of the areas below can be reviewed with your Certifield Tour Guide.
The historic Gaslamp Quarter was first developed by Alonso Horton, considered the father of San Diego, in the late 1800s. It’s seen the busts and booms of San Diego’s fortunes, and now is a popular destination, well known for its restaurants and bars in beautifully restored historic buildings.
Embarcadero is Spanish for Landing. Today it is our waterfront with a beautiful view of the San Diego Bay and home to both the San Diego Maritime Museum, with a variety of boats, submarines and ships to explore, and the USS Midway Museum, a decommissioned aircraft carrier. You can embark on a harbor cruise, take a ferry across the bay to Coronado, or check out Seaport Village, a maritime inspired shopping and dining area.
Old Town is the birthplace of both San Diego and the state of California. Here you’ll find Old Town State Park which features many restored buildings and houses from the period when San Diego was part of Mexico, through its becoming a part of the United States. Both inside and outside of the State Park you’ll find shops selling authentic Mexican handcrafts along with many delicious Mexican restaurants. Plus tequila!
Balboa Park was originally built for the 1915 Panama California Exposition in order to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal and introduce San Diego to the world. Today, the buildings featuring Spanish-Mission Revival architecture house museums, restaurants and cultural organizations.
The park is also known for its varied and beautiful gardens, and is also home to the world famous San Diego Zoo. Balboa Park is best experienced if you can allow for a full day of exploration.
Coronado is across the San Diego Bay and has one of the country’s best beaches with plenty of waterfront providing beautiful views of Pt. Loma and the downtown San Diego skyline. Its downtown is full of Mom and Pop shops and some of San Diego’s most renowned architects have shaped its homes and churches. It is also home to the famous Hotel Del Coronado which opened in 1888.
La Jolla loosely translates to “the Jewel” and San Diegans couldn’t agree more. Visits to La Jolla usually include a stop at the La Jolla Cove which provides wonderful views of the coast and marine wildlife that make the area home, including sea lions and seals. The village above the cove features restaurants and shopping with beautiful vistas of the Pacific Ocean.
All of the highlighted areas above have dining options. Your Certified Tour Guide can review which area is best to plan for your group’s dining needs.