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With a near-perfect climate, sand and surf, and an alluring array of world-class attractions, San Diego offers a wide variety of things to see and do, appealing to visitors from around the globe. Stay late or arrive early to explore the beauty of the California coast, or join other Staffing World attendees on one of these tours and entertainment events.

USS Midway Magic VIP Tour
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
$115 Ciett or ASA members, $140 nonmembers

Enjoy a VIP tour of the USS Midway, the newest addition to San Diego's naval history. Having the distinction of being the first carrier to be named after a World War II battle, the USS Midway was launched in 1945 and had a long and prestigious career in the U.S. Navy. The Midway participated in actions in the Korean War, Vietnam, and Operation Desert Storm. Come learn what the "Midway magic" is all about.

After the private VIP tour you will have time to explore this floating museum on your own. There are 54 different areas of the ship to visit, including a new area called "Officers Country." This area of the ship features fire stations, a laundry room, the brig (jail), quarters, a kitchen, and dining halls.

Your tour package will include lunch on board at the Fantail Café.

Tickets for this event can be purchased on site.

Cruising the California Coast
Friday, Oct. 24, 6:15–10:30 p.m.
$130 Ciett or ASA members, $155 nonmembers

Step aboard a luxury yacht and enjoy the beauty of the downtown San Diego skyline.

You'll dine on exquisitely prepared cuisine and be treated to a unique glimpse of one of the finest natural harbors on the Pacific Coast. After dinner, enjoy an evening of live entertainment and dancing while sailing alongside massive aircraft carriers, commercial fishing boats, and exclusive yachts.

The tour includes a fine dining experience, a glass of champagne, entertainment, and a cash bar.

Tickets for this event can be purchased on site.

Fiesta Fun in Mexico
Because of recent travel alerts regarding the Tijuana area, the Fiesta Fun in Mexico tour has been cancelled. ASA apologizes for the inconvenience and encourages you to select another one of the following tours or events.

Zookeeper for a Day
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 12:30–5 p.m. or Friday, Oct. 24, 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
$99 Ciett or ASA members, $124 nonmembers

There are some beastly wonders at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, and you'll be a part of it all during your private behind-the-scenes tour. Enjoy an up-close animal experience with either a giraffe, elephant, camel, or rhino. Following the behind-the-scenes tour, take time to explore the zoo and visit new and innovative exhibits. Recent additions and renovations to the zoo include the Giant Panda Research Station, Gorilla Tropics, Hippo Beach, Polar Bear Plunge, Scripps Aviary, Tiger River, and Sun Bear Forest. Transportation is provided. Lunch is on your own.

This tour has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit the Old Town Trolley Web site to book individual tours of San Diego.

From Grape to Bottle—A Private Wine Tasting
Thursday, Oct. 23, or Saturday, Oct. 25, 9:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
$120 Ciett or ASA members, $145 nonmembers

Located in the San Pasqual Valley, the Orfila Vineyards & Winery produces award-winning Rhone-style wines from grapes grown on the hillside estate. At Orfila you will experience a behind-the-scenes look at an 8,000-year-old tradition. You'll be introduced to the entire wine-making process, from grape to bottle, and taste wines from California's first vineyards. This 120-acre pristine urban reserve produces some of San Diego's finest wines. Among the varietals produced are a unique, award-winning merlot as well as chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.

Alejandro Orfila and his family are the owners of Orfila—which was once the Thomas Jaeger Winery. Orfila has served as the secretary general of the Organization of American States and as the Argentine ambassador to the U.S. and Japan. He is a third-generation member of a wine-making family from the Argentine Andes area.

Buffet lunch, wine, and a souvenir wine glass are included. Transportation is provided.

This tour has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit the Old Town Trolley Web site to book individual tours of San Diego.

Tantalizing Treasures in La Jolla
Thursday, Oct. 23, or Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
$70 Ciett or ASA members, $95 nonmembers

Known to many as "the Jewel by the Sea," La Jolla boasts rocky cliffs, sandy coves, palm trees, and brilliant flowers. It is California at its finest.

Your first stop on the tour will be at the Jewel gallery where you will have private access to view and try on artistic, handcrafted jewelry. It's not just a store; it's an experience. The Jewel gallery is unparalleled, with a 27-year history. The limited edition and one-of-a-kind pieces present an impressive variety of styles, from classic to exotic. Tour participants will receive a 10% discount coupon upon arrival.

There will be some free time for you to explore the special boutiques, galleries, and designer studios, or take a walk along the coastline or beach-comb at the famous La Jolla Cove.

You'll also take a scenic driving tour of La Jolla Village and some of La Jolla's most beautiful homes. Often compared to the French Riviera for its aesthetic appeal, La Jolla hosts some of the most amazing exhibits of coastal living.

Transportation is included. Lunch is on your own.

This tour has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit the Old Town Trolley Web site to book individual tours of San Diego.

Pacific Beach Pub Crawl
Thursday, Oct. 23, 9 p.m.–2 a.m.
$60 Ciett or ASA members, $85 nonmembers

Pacific Beach in San Diego is where the party meets the Pacific. It's a heavenly hangout of beachside bars, neighborhood pubs, and dance spots. First stop will be the Typhoon Saloon, a four-level high-energy hot spot. Just next door is Fred's Mexican Café, which boasts award-winning margaritas.

Proceeding toward the water, you'll find The Tavern at the Beach, a laid-back neighborhood bar just moments from the ocean. The Tavern offers more than 40 televisions showing sports, surf videos, movies, and more. Next up is the hot spot Pacific Beach Bar and Grill, which features pool tables, darts, NTN Video interactive television, and 72 large televisions. If dancing is what you enjoy, head over to Tremors, a multilevel dance club that overlooks the patio of Pacific Beach Bar and Grill.

To end the evening, visit Moondoggies, voted San Diego's best sports bar for four years running. This newly remodeled venue is now known as the city's ultimate sports restaurant. It features more than four dozen HDTVs and a large patio that's the perfect place to watch the game.

Visit one or all of these locations and enjoy the quintessential California beach experience during the pub crawl. Transportation is included.

This tour has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit the Old Town Trolley Web site to book individual tours of San Diego.

Bay to Breakers—San Diego Bay and Coronado Island Bike Tour
Friday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
$160 Ciett or ASA members, $185 nonmembers

A more ideal coastline biking venue is hard to imagine. Starting from a variety of locations in the beautiful Seaport Village area, you will proceed to the Coronado ferry for a quick ride to Coronado Island.

Departing the ferry, you will follow a quiet scenic route to the famous Silver Strand, traversing miles of bike paths sandwiched between the San Diego Bay on one side and Pacific Ocean breakers on the other. Only spectacular homes and hotels break the scenery. The return trip back down the Silver Strand includes a stop at the famous Hotel Del Coronado, where refreshments and a break on the patio overlooking the ocean are a fitting reward for the preceding miles. From there, it's a short glide back to the ferry and the ending point.

Mountain bike, helmet, and personal water bottle are included.

Minimum age requirement: 12 years old
Minimum height requirement: 4 feet 10 inches

This tour has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit the Old Town Trolley Web site to book individual tours of San Diego.

San Diego Attractions

From exhilarating ocean adventures to chilled-out siestas under the shadow of a palm tree, San Diego is a leading travel destination. You'll find theme parks, beaches, and attractions, as well as an array of other exciting entertainment options, including world-renowned shopping, historic sites and monuments, and music. San Diego has more than 70 miles of coastline to explore and boasts the ideal climate for outdoor action sports such as surfing, skating, hiking, and biking.

Theme Parks

Venture beyond the ocean's door at SeaWorld San Diego. Come see what everyone's talking about and experience Believe—the visually stunning Shamu show. SeaWorld San Diego is one of the world's premier marine adventure parks with 200 acres of world-class shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable animal encounters. More than 80 million visitors have expperienced up-close animal interactions and exhilarating thrills.

Arts and Culture

San Diego's heart and soul lies in Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre natural treasure located near the downtown area where 15 of the city's major museums are housed in ornate Spanish Colonial palaces designed by famed architects. For more information on these museums, visit sandiegomuseumcouncil.org.

In Seaport Village, located near the convention center and downtown, you can enjoy several interesting street performers including a storyteller, magician, ventriloquist, and other animated characters.

Shopping Mecca

San Diego offers numerous shopping venues located throughout the region, from Carlsbad in the north, to Alpine in the east, to the Mexico border in the south. Make sure to take time to shop, as San Diego offers some of the region's best places to browse or buy.

Stroll through the 16.5-block historic Gaslamp quarter in downtown San Diego and view the renovated turn-of-the-century Victorian architecture, home to boutiques, art galleries, specialty shops, and more.

Horton Plaza, downtown's eye-catching shopping center, offers glimpses of sailboats and the arching San Diego Coronado Bridge from its rooftop; shopping goes hand in hand with sightseeing in San Diego.

For more information about what San Diego has to offer, visit sandiego.org.

"The after-hour events were great!"—Jeff LaRue, M Force Staffing Inc., Nashville, TN