One look at San Diego’s glimmering skyline at night with swaths of color dancing off the surface of San Diego Bay, and you’ll get an idea why they call this place ‘America’s Finest City.’ On this marvelous night tour, expert guides will navigate you to romantic panoramic views as you cruise past on our trolley notable landmarks, experiencing this city from a completely different viewpoint. San Diego remains one of the most gorgeous places in the United States whether the lights are on or off.
An overview of the awesome views you’ll be enjoying.
From the magnificent display of lights illuminating the most elegant architecture in the city in Balboa Park to the famous fountain across from the opulent U.S. Grant Hotel, here’s a taste of things to come.
Not one of the now extinct native civilizations that occupied the area that would later be known as San Diego had ever laid eyes on a European until the year 1542. In that year, Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo set sail on an expedition from Mexico and reached his destination several months later. The area was claimed for the Spanish Crown and named after San Diego de Alcalá de Henares, a monk. Over two centuries later, Gaspar de Portolå established a military base, or presidio, and life for the settlers happened within those walls until the 1820s when the area known as Old Town was in its infancy. In subsequent years, the city would experience exponential growth thanks to the introduction of the Santa Fe Railway and, by the 1940s, had over 200,000 residents. With the U.S. Navy having been firmly established there in previous years, WWII ushered in even more growth and San Diego’s land area and population each nearly quadrupled between 1950 and 2000. San Diego’s founding has been regarded as the birth of California itself.
The night time is the right time to get in some quality time at the many restaurants and evening diversions San Diego has to offer. Here are just a few of them.
*Reservations are required. Guests must check in with our sales rep at the ticket booth 30 minutes prior to departure. Late check-in may result in forfeited reserved seat. First to check-in, first seated. Reservation based tickets are non-refundable. You may reschedule up to 24 hours in advance of tour time by calling 619-298-8687.
Approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes* long.
The tour includes one 20-minute photo-op stop at the Coronado Ferry Landing.
500 Kettner Blvd.
Next to the Harbor House Restaurant
Please dress appropriately as there may be cool temperatures at night.
Part of the tour involves walking, so wear comfortable shoes.
Due to traffic congestion and time constraints, we do not visit the Gaslamp Quarter sign or the Hotel del Coronado.
We offer a complimentary shuttle to Seaport Village for anyone wishing to start the night from Old Town at 4010 Twiggs Street. At the end of your tour, the trolley will shuttle you back to Old Town. Shuttle leaves 1 hour prior to the start of your tour. Please arrive in Old Town at least 30 minutes earlier than shuttle departure to allow for parking. For more information, call 619-298-8687.
PARKING & BOARDING
The downtown area has numerous parking opportunities in paid lots. There is no designated free parking to board the tour.
“New Night Lights Tour – We really enjoyed the new Night Lights Tour, which had only been operating for two weeks. Since we had enjoyed the daytime tour earlier, which follows the same route, we were pleased to find that the night time sights allowed the driver to introduce us to many different buildings that were not particularly noticeable in the daytime and tell us about their history. The 20-minute stop on Coronado Island was well-timed and appreciated. We had time to stroll along to the beach to get night time views of Coronado Bridge and Downtown San Diego. Although we had learned about many of the historic buildings earlier on the day tour, they appeared quite different at night, and the tours were different enough to make them both worthwhile” – C.G.