It’s no surprise that San Diego is one of the best food destinations in the country. It was ranked #1 on the Conde Nast list of Best American Cities for Foodies and came in at #9 on the 2018 WalletHub roundup of the Best Foodie Cities in America. You already know it’s time to plan your next trip here. But, where should you eat when you arrive? In a city of 1.4 million people, the options are truly endless. So, we’ve curated the can’t-miss list of 10 trendy restaurants in San Diego that every visitor needs to try. Mister A’s Best for: the view Location: 2550 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 Menu Mister A’s boasts one of the best views in San Diego from their 12th floor restaurant. The restaurant welcomes foodies but photography buffs will also enjoy the expansive vista of the San Diego skyline and the Pacific Ocean. Whether you eat outside on the rooftop or indoors, make sure you dress to impress because a dress code is enforced. With the ever changing scenery beneath your feet, you may just be tempted to stay all day long! C Level Lounge Best for: a waterfront experience Location: 880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101 Menu This eatery quickly cemented itself as one of the most trendy restaurants in San Diego because they pair well-cooked food with iconic harbor views. C Level Lounge sits on stilts over the San Diego Bay and offers relaxing views of the skyline and Coronado. Seafood dominates the menu here and the extensive wine and cocktail lists round out a perfect night at this popular spot in San Diego. Buona Forchetta Best for: good food Location: 3001 Beech St., San Diego, CA 92102 Menu No visit to the city is complete without a…

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Whether you’ve been to San Francisco many times or are just planning your first trip, there’s a lot to take in. One of the most famous sightseeing options are the Seven Painted Ladies. Read on to learn five fun facts about these famous homes. Then contact GoCar Tour to find out how you can plan a truly unique San Francisco touring experience. 1. They only began being called the Seven Painted Ladies in recent years Though it’s often assumed that they’ve always been referred to as the Seven Painted ladies, this name actually only took hold in 1978 when authors Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen wrote a book about the homes. In fact, Painted Ladies doesn’t refer to these home in particular, but to any set of homes made in either the Victorian or Edwardian architectural style that has at least colors or more.   2. Painted Ladies can be found in many other cities You can find Painted Ladies all over the country. Some of the most famous examples include those in Cap May, New Jersey, Baltimore, Maryland, St. Louis, Missouri, and Cincinnati and Toledo Ohio. 3. One of the Seven Painted Ladies has a tiny museum The second to last home on the row has a very small museum on its top floor. There visitors can check out a ticket from the day the Golden Gate Bridge opened, a picture of people in Alamo Square Park when the city burned during the 1906 earthquake, wedding cake tops that are more than 100 years old, and clothing from the 1800s. 4. They have a unique symbolism Have you ever wondered what exactly the Painted Ladies mean? They’re symbolic of the famous California Gold Rush. With so much money coming into the city, San Francisco builders wanted to show off…

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The Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public in 1937 and quickly established itself as one of the most recognizable bridges in the world. We’re pretty fond of San Francisco here at GoCar tours and love sharing our city with visitors from around the world. So, we compiled twelve of our favorite interesting facts about the Golden Gate Bridge. From its name to its deadly history, its color to the records it broke and everything in between, this fascinating step back in time is an essential read before you see it for yourself. Prepare for your trip to this iconic San Francisco site with twelve Golden Gate Bridge fun facts that just might surprise you! 1. The Golden Gate Bridge Was Completed Ahead of Schedule This truly has to be one of the most surprising Golden Gate Bridge facts. Even though construction began during the Great Depression, it still finished under budget and ahead of schedule! Work began in January of 1933 and ended in 1937, concluding the massive project in only four years. 2. The Golden Gate Bridge Replaced a Thriving Ferry Service Here’s a Golden Gate Bridge fun fact for you: before the bridge was completed, the people of San Francisco had to travel to Marin County by boat! This ferry service began in the 1820’s and transported passengers, cars, and more for over 100 years until the Golden Gate Bridge was built. 3. The Golden Gate Bridge Gets Its Name From a Not-So-Surprising Origin The bridge is named after the Golden Gate Strait, which is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. But how did the strait get this name? In 1846 an American topographer felt that the strait reminded him of a Byzantium harbor known as “Golden Horn,” and thus the name…

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There’s so much to do in California that it can be intimidating. Whether you’re spending the entire two weeks visiting San Francisco, or you’re driving all over the state, you’ll need quite the list of items to bring with you. Read on to learn about the ten most important things to bring and then book your tour with Go Car Tours. Basic items you’ll need Before we get into the specifics, let’s cover the basic items you want to make sure you bring: Clothing, camera, bathing suit, maps and travel guides, hiking / running shoes, passport / visa if needed, items to keep you safe from the sun, toiletries, first-aid kit, and a carry-on pouch. 10 steps to packing like a pro As you take off on your incredible two-week California vacation, follow these ten tips to pack everything you’ll need. Check the weather forecast in the week before your trip to decide what clothing you’ll need. Pack some extra underwear and socks but otherwise only pack clothing for three to four days. Skip clothes that wrinkle. Stay in a hotel that has laundry facilities, or find a nearby laundromat. Bring a bathing suit and towel. Even if you don’t think you’ll be swimming it’s better to be prepared. Keep an eye out for dress codes when making reservations. If you’re eating at a posh restaurant, a simple dress or nice pair of pant should suffice. Bring the right shoes. If you’ll be hiking, bring hiking shoes. If you’re going to be simply taking in the sites at your leisure, you’ll want cozy walking shoes. Protect yourself from the sun by bringing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Bring a small pouch you can wear for your valuables. Bring both a toiletry bag and a first-aid kit. Make both of them…

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With protests around Catalonia throughout the last few months, many people are starting to wonder if it’s safe to travel to Barcelona. First it’s important to understand what’s actually going on there. Then we’ll talk about your safety. Know that those of us at GoCar Tours want every client of ours to be as safe as possible. What exactly is going on in Catalonia? A pro-independence majority government in Catalonia had a referendum to separate from Spain. However, Spain’s constitutional court says that this vote was illegal and that they won’t recognize it. The result is that there have been protests within Catalonia. What about Barcelona – is it safe? There was a lot of chaos and confusion in Barcelona right after the referendum and the resulting announcement from Spain. Public transportation was limited, schools were closed, and there were many protests. However, they have ended. At the moment, Barcelona is perfectly safe for visitors. What do the experts say about safety? Travel consumer rights commentators have been clear that they believe tourists should still visit Spain and Barcelona in particular. They remind visitors that Catalonians in general are supportive of the tourist industry and that it makes up a large part of their economy. As a result, they are finding ways to ensure the safety of travelers. It would, of course, be wise to keep an eye on what’s happening but as of today, there aren’t any specific threats that are making the experts worry. The Foreign Office has issued a statement According to the Foreign Office, it’s true that there are protests ongoing. They’re suggesting that travelers be aware of the situation but that there’s no reason to believe that violence is on its way. They recommend that travelers be aware of the potential for upsets in traffic…

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Those of us at the GoCar Tours offices were treated to something amazing this week when the Formula 1 Red Bull team came to San Francisco to shoot a promotional video. It was quite a scene to see an F1 car driving up and down San Francisco’s famed Hyde Street. Of course, in the City by the Bay, there are awe-inspiring things like this to view every day. Enrico Fulgenzi didn’t disappoint As if it weren’t enough to see a Formula 1 car driving up and down Hyde Street, Enrico Fulgenzi was at the wheel of the 2015 Red Bull car. If you’re not up to date on your Italian Formula 1 drivers, just know that Fulgenzi has been racing for ten years. His first year racing he won three podiums and one podium, which gave him 5138 points – enough to win runner-up of the series in his first series. Since then, he’s done it all: He’s been in the Porsche Cayman Cup, he was the 2013 champion of the Italian Porsche Carrera Cup, he’s been in the Abarth 500 Europe Trophy, the Porsche Carrera World Cup, the Porsche Supercup, and now a promotional video driving up and down one of the most famous streets in the world. What are you going to see on your visit to San Francisco? It’s too late to get out there and see this for yourself, but the GoCar Tour experience allows anyone to see this city like they wouldn’t otherwise be able to. Hop in one of our storytelling cars, which are much smaller than your average Formula 1 car, and much slower, too – but just like an F1 car, they’ll take you somewhere you’ve never been before. There’s no telling where Red Bull’s Formula 1 car is going to show…

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There’s a lot to love about San Diego – including having some of the best beaches in the country. No visit to San Diego would be quite complete without a trip to the beach. There are beaches you can swim at, beaches you can sun at, and beaches with unique wildlife. Check out our five top picks for San Diego beaches. 1. La Jolla Cove La Jolla Cove may be a tiny beach, but it’s truly gorgeous. Sandwiched between sandstone cliffs, visitors are treated to blue-green bay views, snorkelers have plenty to explore, and scuba divers can check out some of the most unique sea creatures in California. This area is part of the La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve and has unique fish such as the Garibaldi. 2. La Jolla Shores You’ve only got to head north about a mile from La Jolla Cove to get to La Jolla Shores. This is a several mile long beach that’s beloved for having a gentle surf. As a result, it’s a top choice for people who are just learning to surf, people who enjoy stand up paddle boarding, and parents with young kids. It’s also the only beach within the limits of San Diego that has a boat launch. 3. Swami’s Beach Located south of Encinitas, about 25 miles from San Diego, Swami’s Beach is a top spot for surfers. For those who aren’t quite ready to brave the waves, people watching is prime from the bluff-top park. Sit there and take in some of the scenery Southern California has on offer. 4. Carlsbad State Beach For those who want nothing more than to take in a stunning California sunset, GoCar Tours has you covered. Head out to Carlsbad Beach to see the sun slide into the Pacific Ocean. This is…

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Traveling on a honeymoon is a unique opportunity to see the world in a way you might not otherwise see it. San Francisco has an almost endless list of things to do, many of which are perfect for honeymooners. Read on to learn more about them and then reach out to GoCar Tours to book the tour of a lifetime. 1. Head straight for Golden Gate Park Golden Gate Park offers incredible photo opportunities, lush gardens, and incredible blooms. Make sure you make it through the entire park, including the Conservatory of Flowers. There you’ll see almost every type of flower imaginable. 2. Have a bite to eat Fisherman’s Wharf Locals will tell you that Fisherman’s Wharf isn’t what it used to be. They’ll tell you that what was once pure has now become a tourist attraction. While it is true that it’s changed over the years, and that some aspects of lost their initial charm, it’s still a magical, unique place that’s well worth a stop. In fact, we suggest you get there hungry and eat some of the freshest seafood available in the world. 3. Get your creep on at Alcatraz There’s a ton of history to be experienced in San Francisco, and a trip to Alcatraz Island is necessary if you want to see it all. There’s no question that visiting is an intense experience but it will also ground you in California and in the past in a way that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. 4. Do it all at the California Academy of Sciences There’s something for everyone at the California Academy of Sciences. Do you like watching fish in their natural habitat? Then check out the aquarium. Do you love outer space and marvel at the planets? Then the planetarium may be your favorite spot….

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When planning an international trip, there are a wide range of factors to consider. One of them is to decide how long to stay. Some people have a specific amount of time to spend while others are more flexible and try to find the right balance between feeling rushed and staying so long that they are ready to go home. If you’re planning a trip to Barcelona then there are many factors that can help you decide. What time of year are you traveling? The time of year you’ll be spending in Barcelona can make a difference in a variety of ways. First, if you’re traveling in peak tourist time then you can expect for everything to take longer, from getting from one side of town to another, to getting a seat at a restaurant, to getting through the major tourist attractions. If you’re planning to travel during the rainy season then you should plan for at least half of your time to be spent indoors and this can affect how long you need to stay. Finally, look to see if there are any special festivals going on that you might want to see. Some of the fall festivals Barcelona is known for can make your trip days longer if you want to see everything. How will you be getting around? It’s true that Barcelona is a smaller city compared to others in Spain, and that it’s easy to get around, but if you’re going to rely on public transportation then you should plan to only do one or two things per day. The other option is to rent a car, which allows you to see and do more in a single day but can be a lot more expensive. Of course, GoCar tours offers a compromise: The Barcelona Some…

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The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most frequently visited sites in the San Francisco area. Many tourists can easily see that it’s a massive, impressive, staggering work of engineering but they don’t always know some of the fascinating history behind it. Goldengatebridge.org has a ton of interesting information, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Here are three of our favorite facts. 1. The Golden Gate Bridge once had the world’s largest suspension span As the website states, “The 4,200-foot long suspension span of the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest span in the world from the time of its construction in 1937 until New York City’s Verrazano Narrows Bridge was opened on November 21, 1964.  It is 60 feet longer than the Golden Gate Bridge.  The Verrazano was the longest single span bridge until July 17, 1981, when the Humber Bridge in England, spanning the Humber River, was opened for traffic with a main span of 4,626 feet. Today, both the Great Belt East Bridge in Denmark (main span of 5,328 feet) and the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in Japan (main span of 6,532 feet) have main span lengths which exceed that of the Humber Bridge.  The table below shows the relative suspension bridges in comparison. 2. The name has nothing to do with its color While it’s obvious today that the name isn’t related to its color, many tourists assume that it was once gold. In fact, according to the website, “The term Golden Gate refers to the Golden Gate Strait which is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean.  The strait is approximately three-miles long by one-mile wide with currents ranging from 4.5 to 7.5 knots.  It is generally accepted that the strait was named “Chrysopylae” or Golden Gate by Army Captain John…

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