Not everybody thinks of San Diego being a city of some pretty rugged hills. Truth is, the hills and valleys are what define neighborhoods and cities throughout the county.

So are there San Francisco-like hills in San Diego? Ones that have straight up-and-down roads where Steve McQueen and crew could have shot the classic chase scenes for the movie Bullitt back in 1968?

You betcha.

In 2008, Ford produced a Bullitt Edition of the the Mustang to mark the 40th anniversary of the classic film. Today’s drive for the weekend takes a twisting route through downtown San Diego, Mission Hills and points between to challenge drivers on some genuine urban hill streets, produced when a street grid is projected over mountainous terrain — well, you’ll get the idea.

Along the way, the route passes some classic urban landmarks, such as the El Cortez, Laurel Street and the Craftsman homes in Mission Hills. Stop in at the Aero Club, El Indio or anyplace in Old Town for refreshments. Do keep track of the rather lengthy directions.

Enjoy A Bullitt in the Hills.


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