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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 220 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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Henley in Arden, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Well marked simple walks down to the great beaches. As people have to walk a bit the beaches where generally very pleasant as very empty. Good to see some of the arid landscape. Ranger at the top was very enthusiastic and pleasant. Really enjoyed, however wife wanted to know why no classy cafe at the park entrance. Would give it... More

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Our first time visiting Torrey Pines State Reserve and it was very enjoyable. Numerous trails and a beautiful beach!

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Traverse City, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This was a great place for an easy hike. It did take a few hours to do a basic walk through, but offered some great views with shade on the main road up and open sun on the hill trails. We loved the trail choices, nothing too extreme, and the option to finish with a beach walk. Well worth the... More

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Reeds Spring, Missouri
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50 reviews 50 reviews
24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed this day at the Reserve. We paid $12 to park and use the facilities. The bathrooms were filthy and they only had one outside shower to wash off the sand. The beach itself was pretty in a California beach kind of way. It was cold and windy, but we had fun anyway. The lifegaurds didn't let us continue... More

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Pasadena, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We prefer to do the initial walk through the parking road and get to the top and see the lovely view of the ocean, then go down and walk back by the ocean. It's relaxing, easy and quick if you are looking for a nice walk. We just loved it!! despite the waiting to find a free parking spot on... More

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Glenwood, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Beautiful views of the ocean and the shoreline. The hike wasn't too strenuous. We spent about 4 hours here and enjoyed it very much.

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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Nice Rv spots on the beach. But reserve early. Very popular spot! Hiking or biking is fantastic here! And Torrey Pines golf course is right next door

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Amherst, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This area is great for families. Hiking trails and the beach/Pacific Ocean all in one area. Parking in the lot at the beach is $15.00, but the lot is guarded and clean. There is also parking available along the highway for no cost, but those spots are hard to come by unless you arrive early in the am. Some of... More

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Clearwater, Florida
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107 reviews 107 reviews
36 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Don't pass up a visit to Torrey Pines. We make a point to visit at least once each time we're in the San Diego area. The hiking is fantastic and the views are superb. We usually park at the free parking area along the beach (if there isn't parking available there, you can pay to park within the state park).... More

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Kansas City, Kansas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is a great area to hike and enjoy the beach. Lovely views and not too strenuous for low level hikers.

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