Let’s just say that these extreme adventures in San Diego kick sightseeing a notch. Some of the adventures are extreme while others are downright unforgettable.
These San Diego tours crossed my radar due to a new site partnership with my favorite tour operator, Viator (a TripAdvisor company), who specializes in finding hand-picked things to do in San Diego and all over the world.
Inspired, I worked to unearth other amazing tours around town and in the sky. Want to drive a Ferrari? No problem. Crave a coastal skydive? You can book that, too.
Without further ado, have a look at these unique and extreme adventures in San Diego.
Drive an Exotic Sports Car
If you’re in the market for a high-end sports car or would like to give one a whirl, San Diego Prestige lets you rent by the hour. Cars include (but are not limited to):
- Rolls Royce Ghost
- Lamborghini Huracan
- Porsche GT3RS
- Ferarri F458 Spider
- Bentley Continental GT-S
Take an Open Cockpit Sightseeing Ride
Head over to Montgomery Field to hop into a vintage 1920s biplane for a breezy tour of San Diego. Passengers ride in the front while the pilot steers from the seat behind. Opt for a smooth ride or ask for thrilling turns and rolls. Tours (purchased through Viator) could be of Del Mar, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe, Mission Bay, Coronado and beyond. Length ranges from 20 – 60 minutes. Price: $110 – $215.
Tour San Diego on a Harley Davidson
Fulfill a lifelong dream of riding a Harley Davidson on this unique San Diego excursion. California Motorcycle Tours operates guided tours on late-model Harleys that start and end in San Diego, ranging from 3 days to 13 days. The Daytripper ride departs and returns each day to the same San Diego hotel so local riders can return home each night and visitors can explore San Diego on their own. The itinerary covers the coastline, Mt. Palomar (to the Hale Observatory), Lake Henshaw, Ramona, Spring Valley, Tecate, Mount Laguna, Lake Cuyamaca, Julian, Borrego Springs and more. Daytripper price: Starts at $1550.
Fly Like a Fighter Pilot
Enjoy Top Gun or air combat thrills over San Diego in a state-of-the-art aerobatic Extra 330LC, a plane that’s been in the air race industry for over 30 years. You’ll soar over beautiful mountains and valleys as well as see the San Diego skyline from the air. At the end of the flight, you’ll experience a military-style landing as the plane comes in at an elongated spiral. The experience is exclusive to Viator. Price: $299 (currently discounted to $199) and includes pick-up from two central San Diego locations.
Fly Tandem at Torrey Pines Gliderport
Perched on a cliff next to UC San Diego, the Torrey Pines Gliderport is one of the most historic aviation sites in the country. Charles Lindbergh made his maiden flight along the cliffs here and it’s been a location for paragliding, hang gliding, remote control models and sailplanes for over 100 years. They say that anyone of any age can paraglide or hang glide fly with an instructor here, wind permitting. It’s the largest tandem site in the world with incredibly experienced and accident-free instructors. Booking information is on the Gliderport’s website. Price: Starts at $165.
Drive a GPS-Guided Little Car
Imagine San Diego sightseeing with a GPS-guided tour car that tells you about attractions and history along the way. That’s what GoCar San Diego does. Take a 1-hour to an all-day tour of downtown San Diego, Point Loma, Old Town, Balboa Park and beyond depending on what you’d like to book. Drivers need to be age 21 and older with a valid drivers license. Price: Starts at $56.
Go Off-Roading in the Largest State Park.
San Diego County is home to California’s largest state park, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and the best way to explore it is by going off-road with California Overland. If you want to experience the desert, a paved road isn’t going to be the solution. They’ll take you slot canyons, desert badlands, dry lake beds and even to do some seasonal stargazing. They’ve got a fleet of rugged military vehicles, a vintage Jeep and even an air-conditioned Jeep. Overnight adventures are also available. Price: $65 – $135.
Take a Beer Tour in a Swiss Pinzgauer
Carlsbad’s Scavengers Beer & Adventure Tours offer public and private tours to North County San Diego breweries in a 6×6 Swiss Military Pinzgauer. It’s an adventure you won’t forget. Some of the breweries on the tour are Stone, Iron Fist, Mother Earth, Breakwater, Port, Aztec, Lost Abbey, Lattitude 33, Ballast Point, Green Flash, Alesmith and Hess Brewing. You’ll even have a Phil’s BBQ lunch. And, yes, you can enjoy beer while en route. Price: $89 – $125.
Drive Your Own Speedboat
You’ll navigate your own 13-foot speedboat on a 13-mile sightseeing loop in the San Diego Harbor while following a guide in a different boat. You’ll see navy ships, Seaport Village, the downtown skyline, and much more. Boats will stop several times at points of interest. This experience is suitable for first-time boaters. Two-way communication systems allow boats to communicate with the guide. Boats can carry up to 3 people. Price: Starts at $69.89 per person for adults but you can buy at a discounted price through aRes Travel.
San Diego Skydiving Near the Coast
GoJump Oceanside operates the only tandem skydive in Southern California with a full view of the ocean during the entire dive. Jumps take place from 13,000 feet and you may have the option of having evidence of your extreme sightseeing filmed or photographed. Price: Starts at $169.