The Best of San Diego: Private Walking Tour including USS Midway in San Diego, CA

Travel CuriousMuseum of Contemporary ArtSan Diego, CA 92101
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Explore one of America’s finest cities on the Best of San Diego Walking Tour! Hit the highlights of the city’s history and culture with your own personal guide. Visit historic US Grant Hotel, Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park, and more. At the end, hop aboard the USS Midway for a self-guided tour (tickets included).

up to 4 hrs 1 to 12 people

Good To Know

  • See San Diego's Best, including Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park, Seaport Village, U.S. Grant Hotel, Santa Fe Depot, and Little Italy neighborhood.
  • Tour duration is approx. 3 hours.
  • Includes tickets to the USS Midway and an English-speaking guide.
  • This is an exclusive guided walking tour with just you, your group and your guide.
  • Gratuities not included (optional).


from The Best of San Diego: Private Walking Tour including USS Midway
Discover the history and culture of San Diego, known as "America's finest city", the second-largest in California with a population of around 1.4 million people. With a warm beautiful weather all year round, world-famous attractions and an interesting culinary scene, San Diego is a great destination for those who want to learn more about its culture, diversity or engage in outdoor activities.

On your private walking tour of San Diego, you will:
  • Discover the Santa Fe Depot, a historic train station in stunning Revival style architecture, built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition which celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal;
  • Pass by the Contemporary Art Museum, which rotates exhibitions from around the world, as well as a permanent collection of works by regional artists;
  • See the century-old US Grant Hotel, a historic luxury hotel built in 1910 that boasts stunning Beaux-Arts architecture with a rich Prohibition-era speakeasy history;
  • Walk past the Balboa Theatre, a venue listed on the National Register of Historic Places;
  • Relish the buzz of the Gaslamp Quarter where a lively string of eateries, cafés and bars beg exploration;
  • See the home of the MLB’s San Diego Padres, Petco Park from the outside;
  • Explore Seaport Village and enjoy beautiful views of San Diego Bay;
  • Snap a photo at the Unconditional Surrender Statue, the famous statue featuring a sailor kissing a nurse which marked the end of WWII;
  • End your tour at the USS Midway for a self-guided tour where you will enjoy interactive experiences that tell the history of the ship and its crew.

On your tour, you will see several of the city’s highlights, including 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 characterize the interior.

You will also visit one of the city’s most elegant hotels – 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 honor his father, the nation’s 18th president.

Visit 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, and see Seaport – a picturesque century-old harbor-side.

Your private guided tour ends at the USS Midway Museum, where you will part ways with your guide to begin your self-guided audio discovery of the life of an enlisted sailor on this former US Navy aircraft carrier.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Best of San Diego: Private Walking Tour including USS Midway

Where does the tour meet?

This San Diego walking tour meets in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art, located at 1100 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, United States. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the tour start time.

How long is the Best of San Diego walking tour?

Tour duration is approximately 3 hours.

What is included?

This tour includes a self-guided walking tour with your own professional guide, tickets to the USS Midway, and an English-speaking guide.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

This tour is suitable for all ages. All guests must be at moderate physical fitness as the majority of the tour will be spent walking.

Will there be other people on the tour?

This tour is 100% private and exclusive. which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

What should I bring?

Bring your camera and cash on hand for any other purchases or gratuities (optional).

What should I wear?

Comfortable, casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

How does Travel Curious ensure the quality of their guides?

All tour guides currently active go through a vetting process in which they carry out interviews, check previous reviews and employers references if applicable. More importantly, they make sure that these guides provide an excellent experience for the guests.