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Torrey Pines State Reserve

Coast Highway 101, San Diego, CA 92037
858 755 2063
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Ranked #3 of 237 Attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Beaches, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails, State Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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... more » 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. « less
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Very pleasurable place. Great view on both Pacific Ocean and the city. I actually went there several times>

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garrison, ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Not to be missed if traveling to SD. If you like hiking, you must go here! The views are so incredible, almost indescribable. Just breathtaking. Not a difficult hike, no matter which trail you take. Definitely worth it.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to watch the sunset from the glider port area - a little busy but a great view! You can walk down to the beach and watch the surfers as well. There's a little cafe you can get a snack at as well.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The early morning visits add charm and vitality and you may see deer, foxes, etc. The visitor's center was a private home at one time - ask about its' history and who lived there. There are various trails with little difficulty, but be cautious near the cliff. With some luck and good timing whales and dolphins can be seen from... More

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Macomb, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Great views and trails to the beach and other lookout points. You can park for free before entering reserve and get in free but it is a climb to the top. We paid the fee and drove to the top then walked the trails

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Richmond Hill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Spent 4 hours in the park and walked the majority of the trails, had a great lunch on the beach. $13 to get in is fair considering you can drive to the top and park for the day while you hike the trails.

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Salopian in Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

We've been here each time we've visited San Diego and it never palls. The trails on the mesa are inspiring and the walk back along the beach is out of this world, backed by multi-hued shear cliffs.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Truly enjoyed getting to hike here while visiting San Diego! Got to see Air Force One fly over my friend and I (random). Loved the view of the Pacific all around. Definitely worth a visit!

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Lombard, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We only had a short time to visit and found access to the cliffs at the Torrey Pines Gliderport. The pilots (I'm guessing) had their antique cars on display. Very cool. The views were breathtaking and I'll definitely visit again the next chance I get to southern Cali.

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Camas, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This place is excellent for some hiking. We parked at the parking lot below, then hiked up to the visitor's center. After talking to the rangers, decided to hike the high ground before coming down to the water and walked along the beach. The entire trail was probably 3-4 mikes, with gorgeous view of the coast line.

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