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Torrey Pines State Reserve

Coast Highway 101, San Diego, CA 92037
858 755 2063
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$40*
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96%
Ranked #3 of 193 Attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, State Parks, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking
Fee: No
Owner description: Although this park is located within San Diego's city limits, it...
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Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, State Parks, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: Although this park is located within San Diego's city limits, it remains one of the wildest landscapes along the Southern California coast, with miles of unspoiled beaches, chaparral, elegant Torrey Pine trees and a lagoon vital to many species of migrating birds.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Acton, Massachusetts
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73 reviews 73 reviews
26 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

This state park has several trails over varied terrain, all of which overlooks the Pacific Ocean with views probably down to La Jolla and up to Solana Beach. The elevation is probably 350 feet, and you can walk all the way down to the beach on one of the trails. It is scenic, quiet, pretty and hugely enjoyable. Do this!

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Lakeside, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Torrey pines has one of the longest, nicest stretches of sand in all of San Diego County... at low tide. At high tide there is little or no beach at all. Still a nice place to go for a walk among the trees if the tide is in.

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

I had a spectacular day today hiking up the "mountain" and down to the beach. Torrey Pines has miles and miles of hiking trail (very walkable) with many end points including Razor's Edge (where it is traditional to stand on one of the two outlying rocks and "strike a pose"). My strong recommendation is to do the following: Pick up... More 

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Wooster
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

There is a busy soaring club with all sorts of airborne devices being held aloft by the wind coming off Torrey Pines Cliffs. Sailplanes are launched into the wind, powered parachutes travel the length of the Cliffs and other conveyances get airborne here. Don't miss this. Also, a beautiful golf course just minutes away from "the Pearl", La Jolla. Don't... More 

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Billings, Montana
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Outdoor nature preserve with many trails and birds. Unique and worthy! I'm so glad this parcel of land was saved for generations to see and appreciate.

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Beautiful view from the top, Nice 4 mile hike withe views of the ocean! A Must See! You can park on the street or pay at the gate, either way well worth it

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Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA
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184 reviews 184 reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

This is a spectacularly beautiful park. There are miles of trails winding through the hills with beautiful ocean views, and miles of beach. Check the tide tables and walk the beach at low tide. For the hikes, wear good hiking shoes. Parking can fill up at peak times.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

A few weeks ago I went with two colleagues for a hike here. It was a great experience. There had been some rain the days before but during our hike it had dried out and skies were clear. Lots of people around but not oo crowded. The trails were well marked. Liked the information about the vegetation etc. We went... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

There are many neat trails to wander about in this trail system. Cliffs, beach, ocean, what more can you want in a hike? It's a fairly shorter hike in the big scheme of hiking, probably easy-moderate. There are rocky stair to climb in some parts.

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Delmar, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I'm from the east and was expecting to simply see an ordinary rocky shoreline with cliffs but this was much more unusual. We started by parking ($10) up at the Visitor's Center Lodge which has some nice displays and maps. My friend was even able to buy a real wooden walking stick which came in handy. We headed down the... More 

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