Our Last Day in Sunny San Diego: Old Town Trolley

Hey, guys! We’re back in Utah even though it took me three potty stops during the drive (sorry, Aaron) and a 40 minute detour because we missed an exit (again, sorry Aaron. I’m not the best navigator). We still love each other anyways! Before I get too carried away with life and its responsibilities, I want to tell you the last few activities we did while in sunny San Diego. Mainly because I’m suffering from vacation withdrawals and also because some of you might find it fascinating.

Wednesday was our last day there so we woke up bright and early to catch the Old Town trolley in no other place than Old Town, San Diego. We bought our tickets on our first day at a ticket booth in Seaport Village but there are other booths around the city and you can also purchase them online. Plus, the tickets are good for any weekday and they never expire. Isn’t that cool? Throughout the trolley tour, you are taken through the city to seven different “ports” that are narrated along the way. Your guide tells you about the historical landscapes, why San Diego is called “America’s Finest City”, and see the highlights of the city. You’re able to hop off and on the trolley as you please to explore each port. We didn’t do all of the ports because a few we had already been to on our own but our first stop was the USS Midway Museum near Seaport. When Aaron told me about it, I really didn’t know what to expect but it sounded interesting so we purchased passes for $18 a piece. We arrived to the ship and I was blown away! It was a massive steel masterpiece that somehow floated on water. As we entered, we were given headsets for self-guided audio tours throughout the museum. The flight deck (which was indescribable) had 29 restored aircrafts that served our country and upheld the American ideals of freedom, strength, and peace. We saw the crew’s sleeping quarters, the engine room, the post office, the pilots’ ready rooms, the laundry room, the cafeteria, the medical care room, the captain’s chair, and more. I was certainly humbled to experience being aboard the exact ship that so many men served on to protect me and the people I love.

USS Midway Ship

USS Midway Museum
Flight Deck

Back on the trolley, we were taken through Marriott Marquis and Marina, Horton Plaza, Gaslamp Quarter, Hilton Bayfront, and Coronado. We hopped off at Coronado where we got to see Hotel Del and Coronado Beach. It was absolutely breathtaking. Our trolley conductor told us that homes in Coronado sell for $1.3 million on average! Next was Balboa Park. Over 1,400 acres of pure majestic beauty, we saw the San Diego Zoo, walked passed luscious parks, plants, gardens, trails, and performing art venues. There are over 17 museums, too, that we would have loved to go to but we were running out of money and energy.

Hotel Del

San Diego Zoo

We highly recommend taking the trolley tour because you’re able to explore the highlights of San Diego city in one full day! Also, if you have time, grab yourself some grub at one of the delicious Mexican restaurants in Old Town or even a fresh grilled chicken salad at O’Hungry’s cafe. Then, take a nice long 8 hour nap before your 800 mile drive back home to Utah.

Aaron and I still have a bad case of the travel bug so in two weeks we’re treating ourselves to 10 days in Puerto Rico and a week in New York this fall! We’ve also thought about Florida, London, Paris, and the Grand Canyon but we’ll see what our bank account looks like in the next few months. What are your favorite destinations that we should see??


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