San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour

Secret history and scenic sites on the downtown strip

$39 per adult

  • Local experts
    Personal stories and insider travel tips
  • Top-rated
    Thousands of reviews averaging 4.9 stars
  • Worry-free booking
    Flexible scheduling and refunds

$39 per adult

$39 per adult

  • Local experts
    Personal stories and insider travel tips
  • Top-rated
    Thousands of reviews averaging 4.9 stars
  • Worry-free booking
    Flexible scheduling and refunds

Highlights

  • Learn how New Town San Diego went from lawless frontier to tourist hotspot.
  • Visit places known to be haunted and hear the ghostly stories.
  • See ornate buildings with some of the best preserved Victorian architecture in the city.
  • Find out the darker history of the area known as The Stingaree.
  • Get the inside scoop on the best local food and entertainment from your expert guide.

Itinerary

  • Spreckles Theater

    A marvel of design in continuous operation since 1912

  • Horton Plaza Park

    Formerly a hitching post and carriage stop

  • The US Grant Hotel

    An opulent and haunted 1910 landmark on the National Register of Historic Places

  • Balboa Theater

    Where sailors stayed on their way to World War I

  • The Louis Bank of Commerce

    One of the most photographed buildings downtown, once home to an infamous San Diego’s madam

  • The Yuma Building

    A beautiful example of Victorian architecture made entirely of brick

  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop

    Opened in 1913 as a theater, now home to the world-renowned chocolatier

  • The Davis Horton House

    The oldest structure downtown, rumored to be one of the most haunted homes in the country

  • The Horton Grand Hotel

    Built in 1887, once home to several dignitaries and now home to several ghosts

  • The Old Spaghetti Factory

    An iconic restaurant with historic architecture

  • The Tivoli Bar and Grill

    The oldest tavern in San Diego, still housing its original bar, cash register, and safe  

Plan your trip

Accessibility

This tour is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.

Tour ending point

This tour ends at the Tivoli Bar and Grill.

Refund policy

We offer a 100% refund up to 24 hours before the start time.

Meeting point

Meet your guide at the entrance to the Spreckles Theater, 121 Broadway, #600, San Diego, CA.

FAQs

How much walking is there?

This tour covers approximately one mile at a leisurely pace. If mobility is an issue, please contact us for a private tour.

What is the rescheduling policy?

We understand plans change. We offer a 100% refund or the option to reschedule up to 24 hours prior to your tour start time. Within 24 hours of your tour, we would have incurred hard costs and therefore cannot allow rescheduling or cancellation without costs.

When should I get there?

Plan to show up 15 minutes early. The tour starts promptly, and you may not be able to catch up if you arrive late.

What if it rains?

Our tours run rain or shine. If there’s extreme weather and we have to cancel, you’ll get a full refund.

Are gratuities included?

Tips aren’t included but are always appreciated by our guides. If you think your guide did an outstanding job, a tip is a great way to show that.