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Best Scenic Drives in the San Diego Area

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From cruising down Coronado on a scooter or taking a road trip out to Julian in a Vanderhall, here are some of our best scenic drives in the San Diego area:

Scenic Drives in San Diego:

  1. Drive around Downtown & Balboa Park
  2. Nature drive along Point Loma
  3. Drive from San Diego to Julian
  4. Take a scooter ride around Coronado
  5. Drive a Speed Boat

1. Drive Around Downtown & Balboa Park

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The best part about going for a scenic drive in San Diego during the fall is you can explore the streets with fewer crowds! This is the perfect time to check out GoCar Tours and rent a GPS talking GoCar that will navigate you around the popular Downtown Area and the beautiful Balboa Park!

You will see almost all of the greatest sights San Diego has to offer, from the visually stunning Balboa park which is littered with Spanish Renaissance-inspired architecture, over a dozen museums, colorful flower gardens, and a world-renowned outdoor organ pavilion all the way to the always happening Hillcrest, which has a great variety of shops and restaurants, Hillcrest is known to have some of the best food in the county. But best of all you will also get to see Downtown San Diego at its finest, from the Maritime Museum to the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Downtown San Diego is one of the best places in the world for its diversity and visual appeal.

2. Nature Drive Along Point Loma

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Take a unique 3-hour tour of San Diego’s Point Loma area and check out the city’s natural beauty and naval history! This is the perfect scenic drive in San Diego to take if you want to learn more about the Navy while getting to drive around the coast in a fun GPS navigating GoCar. You will get to check out Liberty Station which used to be the Naval Training Center of San Diego.

From Liberty Station, you will make your way to Shelter Island which gives you a great view of the Attack Submarine base. Making your way to Cabrillo National Monument and the Point Loma Ecological Reserve, you will see the old lighthouse that stood watch on the rocky shores and light up the dangerous waterways for many sailors and fishermen. You can also stop and look at the tide pools, where all sorts of aquatic creatures make their home! 

3. Drive from San Diego to Julian

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Experience driving the 2020 Vanderhall Blackjack through the beautiful area of Julian and check out all the fun attractions they have to offer! This luxury vehicle will take you all the way to the heart of the beautiful Cuyamaca Mountains into a quaint town called Julian. Julian is the perfect place to visit if you are looking to get out of the city, pick some apples and enjoy the calmness of nature!

4. Take a Scooter Ride to Coronado

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Experience a fun 3 hour Scooter ride with talking GPS navigation that will give you directions while telling stories that bring the ride to life! This tour is for anyone that wants to discover California’s Crown Jewel, Coronado Island. Explore Coronado’s pristine beaches, the famous Hotel del Coronado, the Ferry Landing, shops, and much more. Start in Downtown San Diego before boarding the ferry to take you over to Coronado Island. See the visually stunning Coronado Bay Bridge and the San Diego Harbor as you make your way across by ferry. Make your way through Downtown Coronado where you’ll hear all about Coronado Island’s rich history. Drive along the beaches and pass by the Naval Air Station on North Island.

5. Take a Tour of San Diego on the Water

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San Diego is known for its great weather, which makes traveling during the fall even better! Check out San Diego Speed Boat Adventures where you can experience a unique tour of the Harbor from the water. Drive your own miniature speed boat and follow your tour guide on this narrated tour for 13 miles on the Big Bay. You will have a once in a lifetime view of Navy Ships, The USS Midway aircraft museum, Coronado Bridge, The famous Star of India and the historic ships of the Maritime Museum, the cruise ship terminal, Seaport Village, The downtown skyline, and all the wildlife they call San Diego Harbor home! This is a must if you want the best views of San Diego.