Here are our top five San Diego tour recommendations.
1. San Diego Fly Rides
2. Sail Stars & Stripes USA-11
3. Another Side of San Diego Tours
4. Segway of Pacific Beach
5. La Jolla Sightseeing Tours with TourGuideTim
#1 – San Diego Fly Rides (see on map)
(777 6th Avenue #127, San Diego, CA 92101)
So you want some fresh air, but you don’t want to kill yourself? San Diego Fly Rides have a deal for you! Check out their electric bikes. You can, of course, rent and self-guide, or you can book on one of their tours which depart daily and head out with an adventurous and knowledgeable guide to see the sights and learn a bit about San Diego and the district as you go.
With a range of 20 miles plus, these electric bikes have the capacity to fly along at up to 20 mph, though you won’t be doing that as you pass through the streets and sidewalks of downtown San Diego.
Take a light jacket and sweater and wear solid footwear if you are embarking on any of these tours – and there are some great ones to choose from.
Lomaland – this three hour tour will take you through Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, through to the Cabrillo National Monument at Port Loma. There are a few hills, of course, but with that fancy electric bike that won’t be a problem. And remember, what goes up comes down, so you can look forward to rolling on the downward slopes!
The Waterfront tour takes two hours and is 90% on bike paths, making for a relaxing tour where you can really enjoy the view without worrying too much about other road users! This tour starts in the historic Gaslamp Quarter and goes through to the Embarcadero and Harbor Island.
If time is short, try the Quickie – a one hour jaunt through the Gaslamp Quarter and Embarcadero.
Check out San Diego Fly Rides website for a full range of tours and departure times. Happy pedaling!
#2 – Sail Stars and Stripes USA-11 (see on map)
(1561 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106)
This has to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity … imagine standing in the same place as Dennis Connor as he skippered this very boat in the Challenger Cup in 1992. With the wind blowing through your hair and the rustle of the canvas above, you won’t need to stretch your imagination too far once you are standing on the decks of the Stars and Stripes USA-11.
Sail Stars and Stripes USA-11 offers three hour sailing charters on board this authentic America’s Cup racing yacht, Stars and Stripes USA-11.
Get as involved with this experience as you choose – either lean back and enjoy or grind winches or take the helm – but prepare for a cruise with a difference. Remember, this is a high speed racing sailboat after all and you will get a sense of its power and strength as you almost fly past other vessels on the San Diego Harbor.
You will need a few things to make this a memorable tour – take a jacket, sunscreen and a keen sense of adventure. The crew, the vessel and the Bay around you will provide the rest to make this an experience you will certainly not forget in a hurry – or want to! And don’t worry if you forget your camera. One of the on-board crew will take photos which you can select from back on dry land, while you enjoy a complimentary beer and wine and a pat on the back for being such a great crew member! Job well done.
#3 – Another Side of San Diego Tours (see on map)
(308 G Street – between Union and State Streets, San Diego, CA 92101)
If you are looking for a tour and are not sure where to start, check out the offerings of Another Side of San Diego Tours.
These guys have it covered. You can tour by helicopter, take a horseback ride, get a bird’s eye view from a hot air balloon, or get on to the water in a kayak. Or, try one of the very popular Segway tours.
Open from 8 am to 6 pm, the range of tours available is matched by the same great selection of departure times so you can fit in with your own schedule. If it is an hour you have spare, try the San Diego Highlights Tour. If you have two hours, the Balboa Park Segway Tour will combine the magnificent Balboa Park with the adventure of touring on board a Segway. Don’t worry if it’s your first time, by the time you depart you will be all trained up and safe to go!
For the more adventurous with time on their hands, Another Side of San Diego Tours offers a three hour Coronado Segway tour. And if you really would prefer to have your feet on the ground, check out the two hour Gaslamp Flavor and History Walking Tour.
Whatever you choose, you will be in the capable hands of knowledgeable guides and guaranteed an enjoyable time!
#4 – Segway of Pacific Beach (see on map)
(4150 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92109)
Segway of Pacific Beach offers a range of options with rental of their Segways for those who want to freelance their way around the city and its environs, or guided tours with small groups guaranteed to make you feel comfortable, and you’ll have ample opportunities to get all those questions you have about the district answered.
All Segway of Pacific Beach tours begin with a training session so you will feel confident with your Segway before you depart. Among the options are the Mission Bay Segway Tour which will see you gliding along Bayside Walk which runs along San Diego’s Mission Bay, with a little off-roading on the grass at Mission Bay Park. This is a 2.5 hour tour.
The Gaslamp Segway Tour is about the same length of time and takes in Balboa Park, Petco Park, the Unconditional Surrender Statue, the USS Midway and the Star of India.
The route along the Pacific Ocean boardwalk is the start of the Mt Soledad Segway Tour which takes you through to Kate Sessions Park and up 830 feet to the War Memorial on Mt Soledad. There you can enjoy the incredible views across the coast of La Jolla, over downtown San Diego and Mission Bay. Without even losing your breath!
A great way to be out in the fresh air without doing any of the hard work – and a great place to try a Segway if you haven’t already!
#5 – La Jolla Sightseeing Tour with TourGuideTim (see on map)
(1050 Kettner Boulevard – between Broadway and C Street, San Diego, CA 92101)
TourGuide Tim has a passion to bring you to one of his favorite places, La Jolla.
At midday, every day, TourGuide Tim takes you on a high spec charter bus to La Jolla Bay where you will be taken to the tallest coastal viewpoint in Southern California and soak in the views of the beautiful coastline with its bluffs, caves and marine life. You will also see the Torrey Pines Golf Course, home to the 2008 US Open, and the Torrey pines Gliderport. You may even see people throwing themselves off the cliffs – with the glider, of course!
Tim loves detail and it is that detail he will happily share with you – this is the kind of tour where you feel like you are being shown around by a friend. With fascinating trivia and amazing views there is plenty of free time to explore on your own, or take a walk and talk with Tim and fire away those questions. TourGuideTim has filled a previously unfilled void in tours to this spectacular area of La Jolla and once you’ve taken one you will see why this business has grown so significantly since he started offering his unique and personalized tours in 2010.