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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 older children, Activities for young children
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San Diego, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Amazing hike with ocean views. You can park on the street and walk in. Dogs are not allowed. Take some water, your camera and enjoy the trails. When you are done grab a breakfast or lunch burrito at Roberto's across the street from the entrance!

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San Diego, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Torrey Pines State Park is extremely beautiful. The sandstone cliffs are an awesome backdrop for a long walk along the beach. You can walk for miles on the seashore. Plus there are trails up the hill with gorgeous views of the ocean and beach.

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Houston, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This was a highlight of our trip to San Diego. We were limited in time but if we could we would have done the hike several times. Unbelievable views, the paths were safe and just a wee bit challenging but not too much - there were runners, little kids, grandparents with knee braces, so anyone can do it. Bring a... More

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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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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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