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Over the years, a variety of media outlets have covered Where You Want To Be Tours.  Our coverage includes the Los Angeles Times, U-T San Diego, The Travel Channel, KVOA-TV Tuscon, KGTV, KSWB-TV, FOX 6, NBC 7/39 and KUSI’s Morning Show – just to name a few. We were even featured on a fun in-flight video segment produced by Hawaiian Airlines.  Below is a glimpse of some of the media coverage we’ve received.

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San Diego City Beat

Personal tours focus on the little things

OC Squeeze Magazine

Hidden Spots in San Diego

Raising Arizona Kids

Kayaking and biking adventures on Coronado

Gallagher's Travels

Coronado – San Diego’s “Enchanted Island”

Meetings Focus

How to plan the Ultimate Scavenger Hunt

Newsroom Leader

TV news veteran now hosts team building events

Downtown News

Two local tour companies merge

Downtown News

Downtown’s hidden treasures

From California Meetings & Events Magazine Spring Issue 2014

California Meetings & EventsSan Diego Tour Company finds success making motion meaningful

In 2003, Marc and Darlynne Menkin launched WHERE YOU WANT TO BE TOURS to show off the hidden gems of San Diego to families,groups and leisure travelers. Today, corporate groups represent 90 percent of their business. Their tours offer a range of physical activities, from biking and walking tours to interactive bus adventures, customized culinary and wine tours and the signature Urban Challenge Scavenger Hunt. Here, they share what they’ve learned over the past decade

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From California Meetings & Events Magazine Fall Issue 2011

California Meetings & EventsBest Teambuilding – The Winner Is: Where You Want To Be Tours

Discover secret San Diego while learning new things about yourself and your co-workers during a fun, high energy Scavenger Hunt with Where You Want To Be Tours. This unique tour company, located in San Diego, takes a child-like “Aloha” approach to life and tours, as they set up adventures that are both historical and hysterical. Scavenger hunts focus on team bonding, problem solving and time management. Highlights of the scavenger hunt include visiting spots that only locals are aware of, a gentle walk around the city and keepsake photo albums. In addition,, Where You Want To Be Tours offers a number of other walking tours, such as The La Jolla Shores Walking Tour and Downtown with a Difference. Other fun activities include wine tasting and food tours, kayaking, fun runs, guided hikes and limo tours.

Frommers Guidebook 

Frommers

“What’s New in San Diego”

Where You Want To Be Tours now offers visitors the opportunity to discover Secret San Diego with 3 new two hour tours. The Walking Tour, Neighborhoods of Balboa Park – A Nature Lover’s Adventure, explores historic neighborhoods that surround the famous park, bridges spanning pristine canyons and bamboo forests. Downtown with a Difference is a behind the scenes walking tour of the city’s hidden gems, from the historic Gaslamp Quarter to Petco Park; visitors will get a different glimpse of the area once known as the redlight Stingaree district. For a change of pace, guests can opt for the Discover Pacific Beach Bike Ride, a relaxing spin through the beach neighborhood locals love, and check out little-known wonders such as a giant Tiki Statue and 7-foot tall pirate statues, plus other surprises. This tour includes the bike rental and promises a leisurely ride with no steep hills.

Coastal Living Magazine

Coastal Living“Got Wheels? San Diego is the place to go for biking!”
For some stop-and-go action, sign up for a two-hour bike tour led by freelance TV Newscaster Darlynne Reyes Menkin and her
husband, Marc. The couple moved to San Diego 16 years ago from Philadelphia and delight in sharing the area with newcomers- on
bikes, Segways, buses or on foot. “We’re walking concierges,” Darlynne says. One tidbit you’ll learn is that Mission Bay’s 4,235
acres compose one of the largest man-made aquatic parks on the West Coast. “It was dismal mudflats in the 1940’s,”Marc says.
“But they dredged the bay, made it accessible to boats and turned it into the nautical community you see today.”

Desert Sun Jan 2012

 

San Diego MagazineScavenge This!  San Diego Magazine March 9, 2008 by Ron Donoho

I love to scavenge. A few years ago, my company hired Where You Want to Be Tours to run a team~building scavenger hunt. it was a warm summer day. Teams departed San Diego Magazine’s office in a double-decker bus. Sales guy Jim EIy’s yellow Afro wig bobbed in the breeze. The mood was high. The game began on a boat. We ran off the Marriott marina dock toward our first scavenger clue–the carousel in Seaport Village. Little did my team know we’d set the Where You Want to Be Tours’ record for most clues and tasks solved (they’ve been in business since July 2003). I was named team MVP. My prize: a psychedelic-colored ceramic shoe-bank. True story.

Where Tours is run by Darlynne and Marc Menkin. “After the San Diego Magazine hunt, we had to change the rules and not allow running,” says Darlynne. Indeed, we had an art director in flip flops who was not too happy afterward.

Darlynne later asked me to help out as a team leader for other companies’ downtown hunts. I’ve done three, including a University of San Diego Dads & Daughters race. The sorority girls were excitable and competitive. The dads frequently asked if we could stop for a beer. Downtown San Diego is a perfectly diverse place to scavenge. Last July, my team competed in a hunt sponsored by Dreyers Ice Cream. We were up against two dozen corporate teams. Starting at Horton Plaza, we had half an hour to accomplish 30 tasks. We nailed 22-things like counting the number of lights on the Gaslamp Theater marquee, and gathering sugar packets from certain restaurants.

Our team put one player on a bike. This ploy is legal. Nonetheless, we were booed when it was announced SD Mag won a
half-year’s supply of free Dreyers |ce cream. Where Tours didn’t run this scavenger hunt. But they did enter as a team. Marc and Darlynne’s posse tied for second place. Wouldn’t you say that’s like your company softball team beating the Padres? Darlynne later asked me to help out as a team leader for other companies’ downtown hunts, I’ve done three, including a University of San Diego Dads & Daughters race. The sorority girls were excitable and competitive. The dads frequently asked if we could stop for a beer. Downtown San Diego is a perfectly diverse place to scavenge.

Desert Sun Jan 2012

The Desert Sun

Sonya English GIRL ABOUT TOWN
The best teacher is experience. Today you are one day closer to quitting on your New Year’s resolution. Right? Why is it that resolutions tend to be so cumbersome? Lose weight. Quit smoking. Keep a plant alive.
That’s not to say I don’t set goals. In fact, I feel lost without them, like I’m shooting from the hip. But the way I see it, the most difficult time to start down a road of temperance is when y0u’re stumbling out of holiday indulgence.
That’s why my resolution for 2012 is exciting: New Year, New Things. I’m grabbing from my evergrowing list of things I’d love to do but never get around to. Each week this month, I’ll share one new experience with you. For today’s experience, I got a head start last month. First up: “The Amazing Race.”
No, I didn’t land a spot on the popular CBS show, but I did find Where You Want ’Ib Be Tours, a San Diego husband-wife team that conducts its own scavenger hunt. You don‘t go around the world or win a million-dollar grand prize, but you can win a San Diego swag bag. Our team of 10 labored over a clever design. ironed it on some v-necks, then The race started at Petco Park, where we were introduced to the game: two hours to complete a mix of about 30 tasks such as Iocating landmarks and answering trivia questions. The team with the most points when time expires wins.My favorite twist: The completion of most tasks involved having photos taken. Boring poses and smiles were discouraged. Dancing, playing imaginary instruments and imitating animals were often required. That’s how, when the friends proved more fab than us, we came home with an unexpected prize: a collection of photos where even the coolest among us looked like silly kids. The entire experience brought me back to childhood, when I’d get so wrapped up in games that I forgot there was more to life than, say, capturing the flag or dog
Imagining this band of young professionals trolling the Gaslamp Quarter, frantically asking, “Do you know where there’s a mural of Elvis” and bickering over a false lead on a pool table makes me laugh now.But at the time, finding a bar with a pool table was way more ,important than my long-term goals.

California Meetings & Events      May 2012

 

California Meetings & EventsRedefining Team building – Teamwork and Productivity Exercises for a New Generation

After years of success with their customized adventure scavenger hunts, owners Darlynne and Marc Menkin decided to create a teambuilding activity where people could have fun and give back to the community at the same time. Their Charity Scavenger Hunt has been a hit with companies, such as Ralph Lauren, since its inception.

“In this particular scavenger hunt, the tasks are designed so that the company can help a charity/nonprofit group of their choice,” says Darlynne Menkin. “For example, we had a group buy toys as one of the scavenger hunt tasks. At our awards ceremony, we arranged to have kids from a homeless shelter stop by so that the corporate group could personally give them the toys.” And since their adventures are all about hidden San Diego, teams can expect to visit places they’ve never seen or have only heard about. The tasks run the gamut from finding specific murals, public art or historical tributes to writing creative songs and ad jingles. If a team loves the thrill of a physical challenge, the Menkins can add fun obstacle courses and other cool twists.

“We hired Darlynne and Marc for our fall conference in San Diego and couldn’t have been more pleased with the results,” says Jasmine Freeman of Office Dynamics. “[They were] two of the easiest people to work with; they listened to our needs and our ideas and crafted an event that we felt was tailored to fit our group. Their team arrived full of spunk and did an expert job at encouraging creativity and team spirit among our participants.”

San Diego Metropolitan Magazine

Metropolitan Magazine

Voted Best Tour!
Where You Want To Be Tours received a nice surprise when the Magazine voted us Best Tour! .

Where San Diego Magazine

Where MagazineHappy Scavenging

Ever wanted to be on the Amazing Race? Try Where You Want To Be Tours, which sets guests loose on a scavenger hunt wherein they locate, explore and enjoy privileged access to historical landmarks, rooftop lounges, artsy boutiques and trendy hotels with minor assistance from an upbeat team leader. Complete a challenge at each site, record it using creative photography and earn your clue to the next site and task. All hunts end with an energetic ceremony at a restaurant where awards are presented to the winning team. Length 3 hours

The most popular are Downtown, Old Town, Balboa Park, Coronado, La Jolla, The UCSD Campus and Encinitas.

Where Magazine

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Scavenger Hunts

San Diego Team Building

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5 Bridges Hike in Bankers Hill

San Diego Team Building

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CDC’s Ditch Day Teambuilding

San Diego Team Building

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