Private Walking Tour of Downtown San Diego with Entrance to the USS Midway
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 private walking tour of San Diego:
- 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.
- See outside the home of the MLB’s San Diego Padres, Petco Park.
- Be spoilt for lunch choices at Seaport Village on the harbour-side (price not included).
- 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.
Your Private Walking Tour of San Diego begins at 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 characterise the interior.
Your next stop is 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 honour his father, the nation’s 18th president.
Your Private Walking Tour of Downtown San Diego continues to 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, before heading to the many eateries at Seaport Village for lunch by the 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.
Type of tour
Walking tour - the cost of all public transport is included between sights. Your guide will help you with this.
Entrance to the USS Midway
Couples, Culture Vulture, Family, History Buffs
Attractions along this route:
Historical neighborhood in San Diego downtown. Many different architectural buildings to discover.
One of downtown's many places to stop for a snack and walk along the harbor.
U.S. Grant Hotel
The U.S. Grant Hotel is a historic hotel in downtown San Diego. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Petco Park is home to the only team in major league baseball whose name is not in English - the San Diego Padres.
Santa Fe Depot
Over a century old, the Santa Fe Depot's Spanish Colonial Revivalist style has landed this operational train station on the National Register of Historic Places.
This US Navy aircraft carrier was commissioned in 1945, served the entire length of the Cold War, and was decommissioned in 1992. It is now a popular museum.