Enjoy Sightseeing in San Diego by Land, Sea or Air

Sightseeing in San Diego is a must, as difficult as it might be to tear yourself away from the beach or one of our best attractions. The good news is that it can be done via the expertise of a local and at a pace you're comfortable with. The other decision you'll need to make is whether you'll like to see San Diego by land, sea or sky. Either way the gorgeous Pacific Ocean will likely be in view.

Not only will kayaking in the ocean burn enough calories to enable a splurge on a meal at one of San Diego's best waterfront restaurants, it's an opportunity to explore ocean caves and marine life. La Jolla Kayak can safely guide you on a kayak, snorkel or even a biking tour which stops at another fabulous sightseeing spot in La Jolla, Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial, for a 360 degree panoramic view of the city and an opportunity to take pause and honor war heroes.

If you've ever wanted to take to the skies, Torrey Pines Gliderport is ranked the number one paragliding school in America. Take a lesson, ride tandem or just enjoy the view from the ground.

For families and those who like to tour on their own schedule, Old Town Trolley Tours, lets riders get on and off at their leisure at stops that include Old Town, Coronado and more.

So, shake the sand off. Get out there and do some sightseeing on your own or with a tour at one of San Diego's 10 best sightseeing venues. It's much better than the gym.



Hornblower Cruises in San Diego can handle everything from weddings to birthday parties to just a nice evening for two out on the San Diego Bay. Dinner cruises depart nightly and last for 3 hours. Cruises leave from San Diego Grape Street pier...  Read More

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Beach


There are two sections here. Along the bluffs overlooking the sea there are eight miles of trails through the unique landscape (the twisted Torrey pine tree is found in only two places on earth: in this park and on an island almost 200 miles to...  Read More



Quite possibly the largest tour company in San Diego, Another Side Of San Diego Tours can customize any itinerary you'd like from shopping tours to VIP helicopter or hot air balloon tours. They've got wine tasting, horseback, hiking, skydiving,...  Read More



This is San Diego's only bus-boat amphibious tour that starts at Seaport Village, traversing bayside roads while listening to interesting and witty commentary about San Diego history, wildlife, the military and more. Then, the Coast...  Read More

Cabrillo National Monument
Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona


Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo is credited with discovering San Diego in the 16th century. The Cabrillo Monument, located on the cliffs of Point Loma where he is thought to have first set foot, is dedicated to telling the story via...  Read More



Initially conceived as a memorial to Korean War veterans, this site now features a series of walls paved with black granite plaques that honor individual figures from all wars and from all branches of the service. A 43-foot cross stands atop...  Read More



Tour Balboa Park, La Jolla, the Gaslamp, Torrey Pines, Pacific Beach and Mission Bay, Old Town, Coronado, Cabrillo Monument or the San Diego Waterfront on electric bikes. If that sounds like too much effort, don't panic. Electric bikes have...  Read More



Located in the La Jolla Shores area, La Jolla Kayak offers snorkel, bike and kayak tours. Hop in a kayak and explore marine life such as Sea Lions, Leopard Sharks, and Garibaldi around the famous Seven Caves and the La Jolla Underwater Park. Do...  Read More



The orange and green trolleys have been touring San Diego for over 20 years. Trolleys depart every 30 minutes from 11 stops (covering over 100 points of interest), so guests can hop on and off at their leisure. The eco-friendly trolleys run on...  Read More



Ranked the #1 paragliding school in America since 2000, Torrey Pines Gliderport is a city-owned private-use glider airport. You can't really beat the view from the sky, but it's pretty spectacular from the ground, too. You can take lessons, fly...  Read More


Meet Katie Dillon

Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as...  More About Katie