Put your pocket tourman back in his protective cellophane wrapping—you won't need him to discover the bounties of San Diego with this Groupon: a 2.5-hour GPS-guided GoCar tour that "just might be the nation's next big tourist sensation," according to USA Today. Time magazine named GoCar one of the coolest inventions of 2004.
If you're tired of biking up 60-degree hills or making awkward conversation with Jerry Sanders at don't walk signs during a 2.5-hour tour of the city, go by GoCar instead. GoCar cars are little yellow GoCars that go by car on a GPS-guided GoCar tour through the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Balboa Park, or pretty much any part of San Diego cars can go by GoCar. GoCars navigate and show you the way, describing the significance of historic sights (Fort Stockton, Rosecrans National Cemetery, Liberty Station) and cultural landmarks (El Prado museum complex, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, San Diego Zoo) as you zip past them. Choose from two different narrated tour routes: the downtown, park, zoo, and Old Town tour or the Point Loma and beaches tour. Or blaze your own trail: GoCars can go wherever you want, and they can park, so you can stop for photos, take detours on foot, grab coffee, or stop at a printer to pick up copies of your annual report.
You must be over 21 to rent a car, and rental requires a credit card for a security deposit that is fully refunded at the end of the tour. Driving a GoCar into the ocean for a better look at those sweaty, bleating sea lions is neither safe nor permitted. The cars hold a maximum of two people (prices are per GoCar, not per person).
Smiles Per Gallon
As with most marketing ventures, GoCar went through a number of rejected names before settling on its sublimely straightforward moniker. Here’s a list of just a few from the discard pile:
- Professor Benita Garabaldi’s Urban Tourist Transport Solution Series Mark 9: “The Gamechanger”
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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.