San Diego Trolley and Haunted Tours

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San Diego has so much to do I could easily stay a month and I'm sad to say we start out our time here doing the Wyndham briefings. I'll skip over those details to avoid getting angry. By the time we were ready to leave the hotel we decided to get lunch in Little Italy. it was about a 30 minute walk from our hotel and having a farmers market. We didn't have too much time to walk around but got a couple slices of pizza at Mr. Moto's.
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We got free tickets to the hop on, hop off trolley tour thanks to suffering through a Wyndham briefing that morning but we thought it would be a nice way to get an overview of the city. The trolley does a two hour loop and you can get on and off as you wish. We hopped on in Little Italy and only made it about 15 minutes to Old Town where it stopped and we had to get on a new trolley with a fresh driver.
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So we then started another 2 hour loop that went to the Maritime Museum on the water and the San Salvador that sailed in the 1800s was pointed out.
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We cruised past the embarcadero and seaport village, in to the Gaslamp Quarter. Here we saw the Padre's Pet o park stadium but sadly no games were in town at the same time we were.
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Next was Barrio Logan.
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Then over the Coronado bridge to Coronado. We wanted to get off here but as it was later in the day we worried about being able to catch the shuttle back so just stayed on.
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We saw the hotel where Marilyn Monroe stayed and made a movie. In 1888 it was the largest wooden structure in North America.
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Coronado Beach also looked like a beautiful place to spend some time.
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The trolley took us back across the bridge.
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Balboa Park was next and is the largest city park in the US that is all together in one place. It was built for the opening of the Panama Canal and is 1400 acres. (Central Park is only 800). The architecture around the park is beautiful and you get a neat view back to the buildings downtown.
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The tour took us back through Little Italy and then in to Old Town. We were taking a tour of Whaley House next so it was conveniently located only one block away. It is purported to be the most haunted house in America so we wanted to go inside. It was built by Thomas Whaley from 1856-1857.
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It had functioned as a courtroom,
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store,
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and even a theater.
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The Whaley family lived here and sadly had many deaths among its members.
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The arch in the house is supposedly built where the gallows of the town previously stood. We hear several versions of a story about Yankee Jim today and are told that many people that stand under the arch will feel a tingling in their neck or have a hard time breathing.
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We finish the house tour with enough time to hit a couple shops and then have a light dinner at Cafe Coyote. One of the trolley drivers mentioned this place and said it was so big it had seven kitchens. We sit upstairs and have a margarita and I get queso fundido which was cheese and peppers with some flour tortillas.
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Our last thing of the day was a Ghosts and Gravestones Tour from Old Town. We get on one of the trolley's that looks remade for this tour and our guide is telling us the story as if she is a worker in a bar.
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Our first stop is the Pioneer Park where the city has set up headstones that were previously found in a ditch. She also points out a cavalry cemetery where 2000 bodies were buried.
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We hear a few stories on the road and then hit the El Campo Santo Cemetery to finish on foot. The last body was buried here in 1897 and it does seem rather spooky at night.
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Our final stop of the tour is the Whaley house where we hear a different version of poor Yankee Jim's death. We pretty tired by this point so take an uber back and fall asleep.

This featured blog entry was written by ErinDriver from the blog Making It Count.
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By ErinDriver

Posted Fri, Jun 07, 2024 | USA | Comments