Dying to take a ride on the dark side of San Diego? Join us for an entertaining excursion into the history, mystery and legends of San Diego’s Old Town. You’ll first step aboard the Trolley of the Doomed and take a ride to the birthplace of California, Old Town San Diego. Travel back in time as you hear about the ghostly spirits who lived and died in San Diego. Your journey begins at El Campo Santo Cemetery and ends with a private tour of the Whaley House and its grounds — all sites of many reported paranormal occurrences. According to the Travel Channel’s “America’s Most Haunted,” the Whaley House is considered the most haunted house in the United States. If there are ghosts at the Whaley House, who are they and why are they here? Notorious wild characters such as gunslingers, gamblers and ladies of the night lived and died in San Diego, and it is possible that their spirits live on in the dark crevices of its historic buildings, neighborhoods and cemeteries. After your guided tour, you’ll be free to roam and explore Old Town’s many free museums, visit Old Town San Diego Historic State Park, where you can discover the history of early San Diego, or have a bite to eat and sip margaritas at one of the district’s many Mexican restaurants. Many of Old Town’s original buildings have been restored: La Casa de Estudillo, La Casa de Machado y Stewart, and La Casa de Bandini, now the Cosmopolitan Hotel. The Schoolhouse and the San Diego Union building have been restored as 19th-century buildings utilizing typical early-American wood-framing practices. Visiting the several other 19th-century reconstructions that populate the state park completes the overall experience.
- Not recommended for children under 13.
- Guest will walk on uneven terrain, and must be able walk up a stairway in the Whaley house.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes.