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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 231 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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Texas, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We really loved the trails and the beach. $20 to get your car in the reserve. We drove to the top and walked the 3/4 mile trails to see the views. They weren't terrible hard to do, even with a pregnant wife (5mo.) August weather is great, cool breeze, but hot sun. You will need to wear shorts and sunblock.... More

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Staten Island, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The hike is so beautiful and with so many paths, you never feel too crowded even though many people are around! The view to the beach is gorgeous!

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Arrived late in the day. Parking was annoying and expensive but enjoyed the rest of our visit immensely. Great hiking. Wonderful sunset. Not too crowded.

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Westwood, Massachusetts
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102 reviews 102 reviews
50 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The kids weren't particularly excited about stopping at the Torrey Pines State Reserve, but once we got there we had a great time. It is not to be missed. There is a beach at the entrance to the Park. There is a parking area at the entrance, at the base of the hill. You can walk up the hill, or... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Drive and park at the top of the Reserve for a quick history lesson on this unique area at the museum and to take one of many trails that will take you to lookout points over the ocean. Then take the car back down to the beach area and walk the 1 mile under the cliffs down to flat rock... More

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New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Amazing vistas, and enough options that you can do as little or as much as you want and still have a very satisfying time. The beach trail has a steep bit, but in general if you have the right shoes and enough water, we found that a 7 year old was able to tackle it and still have enough energy... More

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Repentigny, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Very nice spot for beach, jogging and walk. the view of the ocean is stunning from the top of the hill.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Very quiet beach away from the crowds to watch the sunset or the ever present surfers. The big sandy rocks provide you with enough shelter and privicy.

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Manassas, Virginia, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Stop by the Torrey pines golf club house at dusk for an amazing pacific sunset. A fantastic and free SoCal experience.

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Port Angeles, Washington, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

On a recent trip to southern California, my friends and I decided to stop at Torrey Pines Reserve. It was a gorgeous hot day, perfect for being at the beach. We explored many of the trails, which wind through the trees with absolutely breathtaking views of the coast and ocean. The trail that goes to the beach is very steep,... More

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