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Camp Pendleton Marine Base Historical Tour

Camp Pendleton Marine Base Historical Tour

Come along for an excursion showcasing some of the most fascinating locations on Camp Pendleton, full of rich and colorful history preserved by the Camp Pendleton Historical Society.

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Join us on an excursion showcasing two of the most fascinating locations on Camp Pendleton. Take a docent-guided tour of the Santa Margarita Ranch House, a stunning example of California's early ranch architecture. Built in 1827, this 8,500-square-foot house continues to be the center of Marine Corps base life. Next, enjoy a delicious lunch at the Windmill Canyon Restaurant overlooking the rolling green hills of the base's golf course. Later this afternoon, explore Camp Pendleton's Mechanized Museum. Many Marines arrived here to begin their training for World War II and Korean War battlefields in the 1940s when it served as a railroad terminal building. The museum now contains working transport and battle vehicles, and presents the history of Marine Corps vehicular usage from World War I to present day.

 

NOTE: this excursion is NOT a tour of the military base, its operations, or its facilities; rather, it is a visit to two venues operated by the Camp Pendleton Historical Society that are situated on the base. Because Camp Pendleton is a working military facility, the coach is escorted between venues and is unable to deviate from its predetermined route or conduct a "tour" through Camp Pendleton. We ask guests to be mindful that their presence on the military base is not a right but a revocable privilege requiring flexibility and respectful behavior at all times. A valid government-issued ID is required at the time of booking this tour and, due to the base's security requirements, the deadline to register is 15 days prior to the tour date.

All-day Excursion

All times and routing are approximate and subject to change without notice.






9:00am - 9:30am

Arrive at Camp Pendleton; brief comfort stop before Ranch House tour

10:00am - 11:30am

90-minute Ranch House tour

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Lunch at Windmill Canyon Restaurant

1:45pm - 2:30pm

Tour Mechanized Museum

2:50pm

Depart for local drop-offs (no comfort stop)

Tour Manager:  5/15 - Pat Brown*

 

Activity Level: Moderate

Some stairs and inclines are present on this tour and moderate walking is required. 

 

What's Included in the Tour Fare

  • Round-trip luxury motor coach transportation from pickup locations throughout San Diego County

  • Professional Tour Manager throughout the trip

  • Complimentary bottled water and snacks on the coach

  • Docent-guided tour of Santa Margarita Ranch House National Historic Site

  • Visit the Mechanized Museum

  • Lunch at the Windmill Canyon Restaurant

 

What's Not Included in the Tour Fare

  • Cancellation Protection

  • Gratuities for the Tour Manager and driver

  • This excursion is NOT a tour of the military base or its operations

 

How to Make a Reservation

Making your reservation is easy. Simply click the Book Now button above to select your date and confirm your space online, 24/7. You can also call the DayTripper Tours reservations department at (619) 334-3394 during business hours of M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Smartphones

Although not necessary to fully enjoy your trip, a personal smartphone can greatly enhance your tour experience. Take high-quality photos, share your experience on social media in real time, search for nearby restaurants and topics of interest, set reminders, and more.

 

14-Day Cancellation Deadline

  • If you purchased the optional Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP) prior to the deadline, you can cancel your booking at any time for any reason and you'll receive a full refund of the tour fare.

  • If you declined the CPP, you may cancel your reservation fourteen (14) or more days prior to the departure date to receive a refund less a $15 per person cancellation fee. Alternatively, when you cancel your booking fourteen (14) or more days prior to the departure date, you can avoid the cancellation fee by transferring the funds to another tour or a non-refundable voucher, which can be applied to any future excursion booked within one year of the original tour date. Bookings canceled within 14 days of the departure date are nonrefundable and nontransferable for any reason. Name changes on daytrips are always permitted at no additional cost.

 

*Tour Manager is subject to change without notice.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Carlsbad La Costa Avenue Park & Ride
East side of I-5, at 710 La Costa Ave, 92024.
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La Mesa Park & Ride #22 lot - 6385 Murray Dr, 91942
Narrow Park & Ride EAST of Red Lobster's lot
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Mission Valley 2005 Camino Del Este
San Diego, CA 92108; Street parking only
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University City 6245 Kantor Street, San Diego, CA 92122
Street parking only. Do not enter parking lot.
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