Walk 0.3 miles to Midway; 1 mile on the USS Midway, climbing stairs and ladders aboard. Getting on/off a motorcoach; walking approximately 1/2 mile; paved and dirt paths, periodic stops for commentary; stairs at historic Hotel Del Coronado.
First, we'll walk about 0.3 miles across the street to the USS Midway Museum for an exclusive docent-led exploration, during which we’ll discover a floating city at sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Aboard, we’ll gain access to the mess deck, berthing spaces, hangar deck, flight deck, island superstructure and various exhibits and displays. Museum docents stationed throughout Midway are eager to share their personal story of life at sea.
We will board our motorcoach for a local brewery for lunch and beer tasting. California is the birthplace of the history of craft beer and San Diego, home to over 130 breweries, is know to many as the Craft Beer Capital of America. Its' boom dates back only about 30 years, with a record number 26 breweries opening in just 2017.
Boarding our motorcoach, we’ll travel to Hotel del Coronado, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. With a docent from the Coronado Historical Association, we’ll go on a walking exploration and learn the history of “The Del” as it is affectionately known. Construction began in 1887 and the hotel was completed in only 11 months at a cost of $1 million (equivalent to nearly $25 million today). Labor was provided largely by Chinese immigrants from San Francisco and Oakland. The hotel was built as a premier resort for the wealthy and has quite a famous guest list, including Thomas Edison, L. Frank Baum, Charlie Chaplin, Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh and Edward VIII, who met his future wife, Coronado resident Wallis Simpson, during his stay. One of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in California, this Queen Anne Style hotel was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. We will then return to the hotel for dinner and evening on own.
On own. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.