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Torrey Pines State Reserve

Coast Highway 101, San Diego, CA 92037
858 755 2063
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As featured in San Diego for free
Ranked #3 of 235 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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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We came here on 2 separate occasions (Sunday evening 6pm & Monday morning 10ish) and both times were unable to find parking because it was absolutely swamped with cars that were lining up behind one another other to wait for the leavers. I knew there was parking spots on the other side of the road but I refuse to pay... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Torrey Pines provided a nice hike with beautiful ocean views. Peak summer season was over, so many times we were alone on the trail. An overall pleasant experience and nice morning.

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Upland, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful drive through Torrey Pines Reserve. So happy that these unique trees have been preserved for generations to enjoy. Spectacular views of the pines and ocean. Many trails to enjoy exploring for the able bodied. Museum has nice short movie, exhibits and friendly staff. Worth the money to visit.

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El Paso, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Perched high above the ocean the view from here is outstanding. During whale migration sometimes you can spot a whale or two....bring binoculars! A short walk away is the glider port. They give tandem rides but make reservations during prime tourist season. The stairs leading to the beach end up at Black's Beach which is clothing optional.....not as good as... More

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Marshfield
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If you are heading through LaJolla make sure to stop by the Torrey Pines State Reserve it is Gods Country. You definitely would enjoy the scenery and head back over and over because of the beauty.

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Baguio, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

My sister, her friends and their kids spent a whole day here. We went trekking first and the oh so breathtakingly beautiful view kept us in awe! Had a great picnic on the sand later! The kids had a grand time playing on the beach. A collective sigh ensued after we announced it was time to go.

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california
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My daughter and I went hiking in Torrey Pines Reserve and it was such a beautiful hike. We hiked up to the top of the cliff overlooking the Pacific, followed some trails while we were at the top and then hiked back down onto the beach. The views were just breathtaking and it was fun to end our hike taking... More

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Not well marked if you're coming up the scenic route. If you're in the area and see the beach parking, head for it. I recommend parking at the beach as it's free, and since you're going there to walk around doesn't make much sense to pay to get in! We had limited time so only got to do one of... More

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Kansas City, Kansas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We loved the beach and parking. But don't expect to use the toilets. I went to change into my dry clothes, look into the bathroom, turned right back around and changed in my car. The bathrooms were so dirty! So go to the beach and enjoy they day. Just remember not to use the restrooms.

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San Francisco, California
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33 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Parking was $15 which was outrageous. But we paid. There are places to park for free but they were all taken. Basically this is a place to hike around and look at views.

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