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Best Ways to See San Diego

Looking to plan a fun-filled vacation to San Diego? This beautiful California city offers tons of adventure in the form of historical and cultural attractions, gorgeous beaches, museums, art galleries and much more. To see it all, make sure to plan ahead and read our guide about the best ways to see San Diego on vacation.

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Climb aboard the SEAL!

One of the most extraordinary sightseeing tours in the city, the San Diego SEAL Tour takes place aboard an amphibious vehicle that goes from land to water without stopping. This unique, Hydra Terra vessel is designed to comfortably transport guests on the highway and in the sea. A totally cool way to see the sights, the SEAL takes you from Seaport Village through the streets of San Diego then heads straight for the bay and plunges right in! You’ll learn about the city’s military history, see various maritime sights and even catch a glimpse of the adorable California Sea Lions.

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Take the Old Town Trolley Tour

If you want to hop on and hop off at various attractions throughout the city and learn all about the history, Old Town Trolley is the way to go. The open-air San Diego tour is a relaxing and comfortable way to see more than 100 different places that are significant to the city’s rich past. You’ll also be amused and enlightened by the onboard guide who will share many interesting facts and stories about San Diego with you.

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Hop on the San Diego Beach Shuttle

You simply cannot visit San Diego without hitting the beach at least once. The city is known for its magnificent miles of beaches and you can see many of them if you take a beach tour. The La Jolla and San Diego Beaches Day-Tripper Tour makes a continuous 24-mile loop to San Diego’s most popular beaches. Whether you’d like to explore tide pools, climb to the edge of a rocky cliff or take a long walk along a secluded stretch of sand, this tour will take you there. Included in the stops are La Jolla, Mission Beach, Mt. Soledad and Old Town. Pack your sun block, towel, and slip on your flip-flops for an adventurous beach day you’ll never forget. 

Segway Tour, anyone?

If you’ve ever had the chance to ride a Segway, you know how much fun it is. If not, you’re in for an exciting new experience. There are numerous companies in San Diego that offer Segway Tours, guiding you to various attractions in the city aboard contemporary personal transportation vehicles. It’s fast and easy once you get the hang of it; you’ll have a blast exploring the city.

Hit the Skies

A thrilling way to see the city is aboard an aircraft. San Diego looks amazing from the sky and you can take a tour aboard various types of vessels. There are several companies that offer San Diego sky tours and the prices and tour packages vary. This option is, of course, a little more pricey and because you’ll be seeing the sights from afar you won’t have the same opportunity to spend time at each as you would on the other tours. But if you’re looking for adventure and perhaps an adrenaline rush, a San Diego sky tour might be just the thing.

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