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Things to Do in San Diego This Summer

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Thinking of a visit to “America’s Finest City” during the summer months? With median summer temps in the low 80s during the day, little if any rain, and pleasantly cool temps in the 60s at night, San Diego is an ideal summer destination. In addition to almost perfect weather, enjoy these fun, summer attractions and activities during your stay.

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What’s Open Right Now in San Diego? Top 10 Things to Do While Social Distancing

Often referred to as America’s Finest City, this coastal town is saturated with year round sunshine and adventure can be discovered at every turn. With today’s new normal, it’s important to find social distancing approved activities around the breathtaking city, worth exploring. Luckily, San Diego has plenty of fun social distancing approved options available to enjoy. Whether it be visiting a historical landmark or strolling a lush garden, there’s a ton of social distancing approved activities worth discovering. Here are a few of the options around San Diego that are open with proper social distancing protocols.

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All The Free* Museums & Attractions In San Diego

Learn about all of the free San Diego museums & attractions with the list below. For example, Old Town State Park enables visitors to travel back in time and experience life during San Diego’s Mexican and early American period between 1821 and 1872. Visit restored and recreated historic buildings where you can view exhibits featuring a wide range of artifacts. Costumed interpreters relay fascinating stories and little-known facts about the rich culture of San Diego.

*Some San Diego museums and attractions ask for a small donation. 

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Things to Do at Night in San Diego

Known for its year ‘round outdoor lifestyle and laid back vibe, this special city, nestled in the country’s southwest corner, has more to offer than a constant supply of vitamin D. Whether you’re hanging with the seals in La Jolla Cove, enjoying a sundowner at Coronado’s Hotel Del Coronado, checking out the city night lights aboard Old Town Trolley Tours or hiking the cliffs at Torrey Pines, San Diego has something for everyone.

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Planning a Girls Trip to San Diego

Time spent together creates endless lifelong memories. Grab your best girlfriends, book that ticket and head on over to San Diego. Let the sun’s rays and laughter ignite your smiles and the adventure elevate your afternoon excursions. Southern California is the perfect setting for your ultimate girls trip. Here the weather only helps to enhance the experience. Whatever your pleasure – it’s here. Evenings in a fancy beachfront spot, afternoons on a social cycle of your choice, morning sessions in the surf and everything in between – San Diego doesn’t disappoint.

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Romantic Date Ideas in San Diego

San Diego is a thriving city constantly welcoming visitors from around the globe. With its endless sunshine, ocean waves, countless trails and picturesque shoreline, visitors flock to America’s finest city for relaxation, reinvigoration and rest. Some come for the laid-back atmosphere while others come for the outdoor activities. Some come for those destination celebrations while others come to check out the sights. Many bring their special someone to share in their joy.

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Ultimate Guide to San Diego on a Budget

San Diego – southern California’s gem only a stone’s throw from the Mexican border is known for sun, sand, sea and vitamin D access year ‘round. Visitors may come for the beaches but they stay for the fish tacos. Whether you’re hitting the sand at Mission, La Jolla, Ocean or Coronado – in every grain of sand, you’re bound to feel the magic of the city.

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15 Instagrammable Spots In San Diego

Known as America’s finest city, San Diego is home to beautiful beaches, eclectic fare, farmers’ markets bursting with goodies, a year ‘round outdoor lifestyle and every summer plays host to the International Comic-Con. Filled with colorful characters, epic landscapes, incredible sunsets and enough fish tacos to go around, this city by the sea invites visitors to sit back, relax and enjoy life.

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The Best Shopping In San Diego

We know why you want to visit San Diego. When a place is nicknamed ‘America’s Finest City,’ you absolutely, positively must verify whether that claim is true. Chances are when you get there, you’ll arrive at the same conclusion most do upon first visiting this great city; Yes, it is as fine as they say it is! When it comes to pleasing visuals, San Diego has no shortage of them. If it isn’t the gorgeous 70-mile expanse of coastline that runs through quaint, rustic beach towns like beautiful La Jolla or the sparkling skyline at night as it hugs San Diego Bay then its the incredible colonial Spanish architecture and Mexican influence almost everywhere you look.

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Hotels in San Diego

Read the Old Town Trolley guide to hotels in San Diego, California to learn more about top-rated places to stay in the city.

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San Diego Attractions

Explore popular San Diego attractions with Old Town Trolley Tours. Hop on and off at interesting places to visit and maximize your vacation time.

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Hop On Hop Off San Diego Tours

Hello, I’m David Thornton, General Manager of Old Town Trolley of San Diego and CASTmember since 2001.

As you explore the scenic coastal landscape, you’ll learn why San Diego is called “America’s Finest City.” Since 1989, Old Town Trolley Tours has provided sightseeing tours highlighting the best of San Diego. Hop aboard one of our trolleys and you’ll experience Transportainment, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment.

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Hometown Pass

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Introducing the Old Town Trolley Hometown Pass Program. Residents of San Diego county can take advantage of our tour for FREE when accompanied by an adult paid guest.* It’s free to join and easy to use. 

Sign up today and rediscover the magic of San Diego with the Old Town Trolley Tours Hometown Pass.

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Cruise Excursions

Welcome to San Diego!

Known as “America’s Finest City”, San Diego offers a wide array of things to do and see for visitors of all ages. Let Old Town Trolley show you California’s second largest city, where blue skies, exciting attractions and 70 miles of beaches come together to create a vacationer’s paradise. For over 25 years, Old Town Trolley Tours has been providing sightseeing tours highlighting the best San Diego attractions. Hop aboard one of our trolleys and you’ll experience Transportainment, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. The Attraction that takes you to the attractions, Old Town Trolley Tours is the best way to see the city, highlighting the best of San Diego.

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Hidden Gems In San Diego To Visit On Vacation

San Diego is filled with activities in the sand, sea and surf. Often referred to as America’s Finest City, this coastal town is saturated with year round sunshine, its residents are characterized as having outdoor lifestyles and adventure can be discovered at every turn. For those planning a visit, there are a few must-sees on everyone’s travel itinerary; and then there are the off the beaten path hidden gems that are rarely included.

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Things to Do in San Diego During the Spring

Perhaps one of the most loved seasons of the year, spring brings with it glorious weather, blossoming flowers and an abundance of outdoor activities and events. In San Diego, there are many celebrations, attractions and things to do and see. Read on for the best things to do in spring in San Diego.

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Things To Do In La Jolla and San Diego Area Beaches

Everyday is a good day to hit the beach in San Diego. Mild temperatures, sunny skies and a magnificent coastline are just the beginning. San Diego beaches offer something for everyone – secluded serene spots where the sand goes on for miles, dramatic cliffs perched above crashing waves, rocky tide pools, coral reefs teeming with sea life, beaches for surfers, families, and everything in between. And surrounding each beach is a town that offers a bunch of fun things to do.

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Things To Do in San Diego With Kids

Looking for the most efficient and entertaining way to visit many of the things to do in San Diego with kids? Look no further because Old Town Trolley Tours offers parents a relaxing way to tour all the best San Diego attractions for kids. Parents don’t have to worry about searching for directions to the Children’s Museum, driving to the San Diego Zoo, or finding parking while traveling from all of San Diego’s best attractions.

No matter what time of the year you visit, family fun abounds in San Diego. The weather is as close to perfect as it can get, the locals are friendly, and the area is bursting with things to do.

Our hop on and hop off trolley tours allow the parents to concentrate on having fun with their kids instead of worrying about logistics. We make the tours in San Diego for kids very entertaining by providing neat facts about all the best places to visit. Your kids will thank you for giving them a fun-filled vacation and you’ll thank Old Town Trolley for taking care of the logistics. Also, kids under age 4 ride totally free!

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Best Beaches In San Diego

Did you know that San Diego has 70 miles of pristine coastline? Add that to year-round sunshine and mild temperatures, and you have a California coastal city with some of the best beaches in the world. With 70 miles along the Pacific Ocean, San Diego (California’s second largest city) is divided into six beach regions including Coronado, La Jolla, Mission Bay and Beaches, North County Coastal, South Bay and Point Loma, Harbor Island and Shelter Island.

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Getting Around San Diego On Vacation

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In the beautiful city of San Diego, there is an abundance of things to do and see. When you begin planning your visit, make sure to include plans for how you’ll get from one attraction to another. San Diego offers a myriad of options when it comes to transportation. Read on for the top choices to get around in San Diego.

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Fun Facts About San Diego

Everyone knows that San Diego has the most beautiful beaches, the most perfect weather and is home to some of the most laid-back, friendly folks in the nation. But there are a lot of other really cool and interesting facts about America’s Finest City that you may not know. Read on for fun facts about San Diego.

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Labor Day Events

If you’re visiting during Labor Day Weekend, don’t forget to include Old Town Trolley Tours in your itinerary.

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4th of July in San Diego

We created this page to help guests plan a great celebration while visiting the San Diego area. We’ll offer you some local tips on the best places to watch the fireworks and celebrate America’s Birthday!

 

 

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How To See San Diego in 2 Days

San Diego is California’s second largest city – home to many beautiful sights, exciting attractions and historical points of interests. Old Town Trolley Tours, with many stops and more than 100 sights, offers a great way to see all the best of San Diego in 2 days.

Here’s a list of the San Diego attractions we recommend you spend more time at and the best order to see them in:

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Little Italy

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Throughout the nation, Little Italy neighborhoods symbolize the tremendous contribution that Italians have made to the culture and history of the United States. Covering a gorgeous and walkable 48-square-block area of northwest downtown San Diego, this ethnic enclave is the largest of its kind in the country. Hosting several festivals throughout the year, the neighborhood boasts street-side cafes, art galleries and a beautiful urban park.

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How to See San Diego in 1 Day

San Diego is known for its amazingly beautiful beaches, perfect weather and abundance of interesting attractions. If you only have one day, you can still see it all by following Old Town Trolley’s guide.

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San Diego Visitor Center

Welcome to San Diego! Before heading out to discover all that the city has to offer, stop into the San Diego Visitors Info Center. Our friendly staff of local experts will help you plan out your visit with valuable insight into the attractions, history, points of interest, dining, entertainment and sights that you won’t want to miss. We have brochures, maps and discounted tickets to many area attractions and tours.

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Harbor Cruises

The best way to see the Big Bay, as it is referred to by the locals in San Diego, is hopping on board a Harbor Cruise. While cruising in the North Bay, visitors will hear an informative narrative about the San Diego bay and experience picturesque views along with historic sights like the North Island Naval Air Station, the United States Naval Submarine Base and Point Loma.

Those that choose the South Bay cruise get the opportunity to see the Coronado Bay Bridge, the bustling Navy Shipyards and the surface fleet.

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Old Town Community

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Adjacent to the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, the Old Town Community exudes colonial beauty and the flavors and heritage of its early settlers. Several restaurants serve up Mexican and Californian cuisine, while quaint stores and boutiques provide unique shopping experiences. Up the hill is Heritage Park, a protected county park and the setting for seven of San Diego’s most splendid Victorian homes that were relocated and restored to their original grandeur.

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