San Diego LGBTQ History Walking Tour

San Diego, US
San Diego, US
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Discover the vibrant LGBTQ+ history of San Diego on this exciting and educational walking tour of Hillcrest. Explore the 1.1-mile route and uncover the stories of the city's earliest gay bars, the powerful hate crimes plaque, Harvey Milk Street, the iconic Pride flag, and more. Dive into the fascinating history of how San Diego and Hillcrest became a haven for the LGBTQ+ community, and learn about the struggles and triumphs that shaped the neighborhood. This 1.5-hour tour is a must-visit for anyone interested in the people, places, and events that have made San Diego's gayborhood the thriving and inclusive community it is today. Private tours are also available upon request. Begin your journey in front of Urban MO's mural and end at the Pride flag at Normal & University, taking in the vibrant shops and restaurants along the way. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 1 hours 30 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Learn about San Diego's LGBTQ+ history
  • Visit the iconic Hillcrest sign
  • Experience the vibrant nightlife at Flicks San Diego
  • Explore San Diego's largest gay nightclub at Rich's
  • Discover the services and history of The Center
  • Tour Guide
  • Parking fees
  • Gratuities

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San Diego LGBTQ History Walking Tour offers a captivating journey through the rich and vibrant LGBTQ+ history of Hillcrest, San Diego. This immersive 1.1-mile walking tour lasts for 1.5 hours, guiding you through the mesmerizing stories of the earliest gay bars, the hate crimes plaque, Harvey Milk Street, the Center, and the iconic Rainbow Flag, among other significant landmarks.

What to expect?

Embark on this remarkable tour and delve into the captivating facets of San Diego's LGBTQ+ history. Gain a comprehensive understanding of how the migration of gay bars from downtown began, discover the allure that attracted a large LGBTQ population to Hillcrest, and explore how even the gay bars were once "closeted." Immerse yourself in the historical, social, and cultural significance of each location as you follow the expert guide.

Who is this for?

The San Diego LGBTQ History Walking Tour welcomes all individuals eager to explore and appreciate the struggles, triumphs, and milestones of the LGBTQ+ community. Whether you identify as LGBTQ+ or ally yourself with the community, this tour provides a captivating experience for anyone interested in the history of human rights, diversity, and inclusivity.

Why book this?

Take a step back in time and witness the remarkable transformation of San Diego's gayborhood. This tour unveils the hidden stories and the significant contributions made by the LGBTQ+ community, helping you develop a deeper understanding of the challenges they faced and the resilience they displayed. Gain a renewed appreciation for the present-day vibrant LGBTQ+ community of San Diego and the inspiring work of organizations like The Center.

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Please note that this is a point-to-point tour, and transportation back to the starting point is not provided. However, take the opportunity to discover the local shops and restaurants that you'll learn about during the tour on your way back.


Customers have raved about the San Diego LGBTQ History Walking Tour, describing it as an eye-opening experience that provided them with a newfound appreciation for the LGBTQ+ community's historical journey. Many praised the guide's knowledge and ability to make the tour engaging and informative. Guests were especially touched by the stories shared and the sense of pride instilled by the end of the tour. This immersive experience is consistently hailed as a must-do activity for locals and tourists alike who seek to celebrate inclusivity and learn from the past.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Urban MO's Bar & Grill

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We start at the Mural that is on 3rd. The perfect place for some ah-mazing selfies!


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The Hillcrest sign which greets visitors into the neighbourhood high above the intersection of Fifth and University has been a beacon of diversity since it was first erected in 1940. An iconic and historical piece of San Diego history! It was a gift from local women shopkeepers


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Flicks San Diego is arguably the best San Diego Gay Bar in the heart of Hillcrest, one of the original gay video bars. Also home of Welfare Wednesdays.


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Rich's is San Diego's largest and most popular gay nightclub. They have two large, separate rooms each with a fully-stocked bar, DJ, and dance floor.

San Diego

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The San Diego LGBT Community Canter. In 1971 our world was a very different place. Being “out” simply wasn’t an option for many. Just being a member of the LGBTQ community could be dangerous, and there was no place to turn for help. We are proud of the history of The Center’s service. Originally just an answering machine in a borrowed closet that served as a lifeline for those looking for compassionate connection, it is now one of the largest and most vibrant LGBTQ Community Centers in the nation, providing our community with more than 84,600 direct service visits each year.

Hillcrest Pride Flag

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The Hillcrest Pride Flag is located on the median of Normal Street at University Ave and stands 65' tall with a 30' rainbow flag.The rainbow flag (also known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag) is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) pride and LGBTQ social movements. The colors reflect the diversity of the LGBTQ community, as the flag is often used as a symbol of gay pride during LGBTQ rights marches. While this use of the rainbow flag originated in San Francisco, it is now used worldwide. The symbol is one of several uses of rainbow flags

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