Discover Beautiful San Diego

Step into the vibrant history of San Diego, a city renowned for its rich heritage and significant contributions to our great nation. Historic Tours of America invites you on a journey that unravels the captivating tales and cherished landmarks of this extraordinary city. For over 36 years, we have been the trusted companion, guiding visitors through the tapestry of San Diego’s illustrious past.

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Witness Stories of Brave Explorers

As you step aboard our orange and green trolleys, reminiscent of a bygone era, you’ll begin an immersive experience unlike any other. Old Town Trolley Tours, the city’s original sightseeing tour, allows you to explore the city’s iconic and historic landmarks. Led by our knowledgeable and friendly conductors, this tour offers panoramic views of America’s Finest City. From the historic Gaslamp Quarter to the birthplace of California in Old Town, you’ll witness the stories of our founding fathers and brave explorers come to life.

Hop aboard one of our trolleys and you’ll experience Transportainment®, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment.

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San Diego by Sea and Land

But our tours extend beyond just the city streets. Hop aboard the San Diego SEAL Tour and witness the city from a unique perspective by sea and land. Hydra-Terra amphibious vehicles take you on a thrilling adventure, splashing down into the bay after a scenic road trip around the Big Bay. As you glide along the calm waters of San Diego Bay, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the city skyline, the North Island Naval Air Station, and even the playful San Diego sea lions. This is the only amphibious tour in San Diego, offering a comfortable and safe way to experience the city’s wonders.

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San Diego's rich historical history and importance to America cannot be understated

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It is a city that holds the stories of pioneers, explorers, and visionaries who have shaped our nation. Preserving its historical sites is not only a testament to the past but also an opportunity to learn from and appreciate the struggles and triumphs of those who came before us. These landmarks serve as living memorials, connecting us to our roots and instilling a sense of pride and identity.

San Diego Ghosts & Gravestones trolley in front of Old Town Market

For those seeking a taste of the supernatural, our Ghosts & Gravestones Tour takes you on a spine-chilling journey through the city’s haunted past. Travel back in time and encounter the spirits of wild characters like Gunslingers, Gamblers, and Ladies of the Night who once roamed the city’s streets. Explore Pioneer Park, where the sun goes down and an eerie atmosphere descends upon the El Campo Santo Cemetery and the infamous Whaley House, widely regarded as America’s most haunted home. Brace yourself for an evening of ghostly encounters and mysterious tales.

A Lasting Legacy

At Historic Tours of America, we are proud to showcase America’s rich history and the cities that have shaped our nation. San Diego, with its stunning natural beauty, vibrant culture, and captivating landmarks, stands as a shining example. We feel privileged to bring these stories to life through immersive experiences that combine entertainment, education, and exploration. We are also deeply committed to giving back to the community and supporting the towns we serve. Through partnerships with local organizations and active participation in educational programs and community events, we strive to make a positive impact. Together, we create a lasting legacy that preserves the heritage of San Diego for future generations.

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Embark on a journey through time, weaving together the threads of history that have shaped San Diego into the extraordinary city it is today.

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Join us as we celebrate the allure of San Diego and its extraordinary attractions. From the Old Town Market, where you can indulge in homemade tortillas and experience the city’s earliest years, to the Whaley House Museum, a Greek Revival masterpiece steeped in mystery and paranormal tales, our tours offer a comprehensive glimpse into Old Town San Diego’s charming past.


Choose Your Tickets

Whether you’re just breezing through or enjoying an extended stay, we’ve got several options to choose from to help you maximize your time in San Diego and still see the best first!

1-Day Trolley

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  • 1 day of free unlimited re-boarding
  • Hop on & off at 11 Old Town Trolley stops
  • FREE discount coupons ($30 value)
  • FREE Self-Guided Walking Tours
  • FREE map brochure with day planner

2-Day Trolley

  • 2 consecutive days** of free unlimited re-boarding
  • Hop on & off at 11 Old Town Trolley stops
  • FREE discount coupons ($30 value)
  • FREE Self-Guided Walking Tours
  • FREE map brochure with day planner

Whaley House Evening Tour

Whaley House at night
  • As seen on the Travel Channel, SyFy Channel and Discovery Channel.
  • Be part of the historic legacy, mystery and legends of the Whaley Family, and hear of their myths and misconceptions.
  • Approximately 30-40 minute guided tour through the historic Whaley House and the surrounding grounds.
  • Regale in the tales of the spirits from the past and perhaps even experience the paranormal.

Whaley House Day Tour

Whaley House
  • Self-paced tour through the interior and surrounding grounds of the House.
  • See and hear the history that makes the property a unique legacy site.
  • Discover the heritage that leads many to believe that the Whaley House is America's Most Haunted!
  • Get an unparalleled peek into early California history.

Whaley House After Hours Paranormal Investigation

Whaley House bedroom apparition
  • Participate in an actual Paranormal Investigation with our experienced guide
  • Get hands-on with the latest ghost hunting equipment
  • Learn the darker side of the Whaley House and the spirits that refused to move on
  • Intimate, small group experience


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  • 100-minute, fully narrated SEAL Tour
  • State-of-the-art U.S. Coast Guard certified Hydra-Terra vehicles
  • Wind your way through picturesque San Diego streets
  • Cruise through the waters of San Diego Bay
  • FREE Self-Guided Walking Tours (adult ticket)

Ghosts & Gravestones

San Diego Ghosts & Gravestones trolley and hosts in front of Whaley House
  • Hop aboard the Trolley of the Doomed
  • Hear about the spirits of characters who lived & died in San Diego
  • Learn how Pioneer Park changes to the darker side when the sun goes down
  • Journey through Old Town, walking through El Campo Santo Cemetery
  • Includes outside of the Whaley House and grounds. Tour does not enter the house.

City Lights Night Tour

San Diego skyline at night
  • Hop aboard the Trolley for a picturesque evening you won't forget
  • Approximately 1 hour and 40 minute tour
  • See San Diego’s famous sights illuminated at night
  • Take in romantic views of the city and cruise past notable landmarks


Step Back in Time and Explore San Diego Culture


Sample Tastes, Sights, and Sounds

Groups, Charters & Weddings

Plan an unforgettable experience for your group event with Historic Tours of America.

Groups & Charters

  • Enjoy discounted rates
  • Custom design your rental
  • Private tour guide provided for charters
  • Combine a rental with attractions


  • Bring your guests to your event on time
  • Ride in classic San Diego style
  • Personalize your trolley ride
  • Be treated to a red-carpet experience!

Hometown Pass

Locals receive Free Admission!

Included* with Your San Diego Hometown Pass:

  • Old Town Trolley Tours
  • SEAL Tours
  • Whaley House Day Tour
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Our Free Hometown Pass is the best way to entertain visiting friends and family!

All residents of San Diego County can take advantage of some of our tours and attractions for FREE when accompanied by an adult full-fare paid guest.* It’s Simple, Fast & Best of all… Free!

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