While it does present a choice opportunity to meet single mole-people, walking through sewers is a disappointing way to explore a city. Shine a brighter light on local wanderlust with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get a 2.5-hour tour from GoCars (a $103 value). GoCars are little, sunshine-yellow storytelling cars, acting as magic transport eggs by safely cradling up to two passengers (ages 5 and older) through a narrated, GPS-guided tour of such San Diego treats as the Gaslamp Quarter, Spreckel's Pavillion, the San Diego Zoo, Shelter Island, and virtually any part of San Diego a tourist or explorist might want to see.
GoCars navigate the city terrain, describing the significance of historic sights and cultural landmarks as you zoom past (with a zoom limit of 35 mph) with haste or slowly saunter by for photo ops. GoCar lets you explore at your own pace or choose from two different narrated tour routes.
- Downtown San Diego: Navigate past Balboa Park, Seaport Village, Petco Park, and the historic Gaslamp Quarter to explore areas of the city inaccessible to rotund, overfed tour buses.
- Point Loma: This journey into maritime lore takes tourists west towards the Cabrillo National Monument, while learning about some of the US Navy's installations along Shelter Island and San Diego Bay.
Multilingual GoCars are fluent in Italian, Spanish, French, German, and English thanks to engineers devising a way to fit five translators into the vehicle's carburetor. These co-pilot cars invite you to make detours and food stops, giving riders the freedom to shape their own tour according to their camera wants, appetites, and traveling intuition.
GoCar was named one of the coolest inventions in Time magazine.
Even before you climb inside, the GoCar is clearly a car with a personality. The petite, three-wheeled two-seater has a hood that slightly resembles an eager-to-please smiley face, and an open top that seems custom-made for letting the breeze ruffle your hair. Then the real fun begins: built with the company's own software and a compassion for the voiceless robots of America, a talking GPS system guides two-seater GoCars through the city streets of San Francisco, San Diego, Miami, Barcelona, Madrid, and Lisbon with cheerful, info-rich narration. Second only to having a knowledgeable local jog alongside your minivan, tours zip along at drivers' own pace and accommodate as many pit stops as time allows.