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“Interesting architecture and notable history.”
Review of Salk Institute

Salk Institute
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$90.00*
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Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #17 of 77 things to do in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
San Diego, California
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Interesting architecture and notable history.”
Reviewed March 1, 2012

Named after the scientist famous for the polio vaccine, this is a poured-concrete building complex near the Glider Park above Black's Beach. Worth a stroll, but best to include a walk to the Black's beach bluffs and the gliders launching off of the cliff. An access road to Black's Beach lines up with the end of the same road as Salk Institute - just keep walking west until you see the edge of the cliff (!) You can follow the surfers and beachgoers down the path, or have lunch at the Gliderport - they have good sandwiches.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“once in a lifetime”
Reviewed February 17, 2012

very interesting just watch the hours or it wont work out

Visited January 2012
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San Diego, California
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“Permanent Glass exhibit”
Reviewed January 19, 2012

Go see the Chihuly glass works and walk around the grounds.

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New york city
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“Louis Kahn's best”
Reviewed January 1, 2012

Standing on the plaza of the Salk Institute with the late afternoon light,facing the sea is a magical experience.The building has not lost any thing-not at all dated. Kahn was a visionary.

Visited December 2011
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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“Interesting, if you have the time”
Reviewed November 19, 2011

Although the rule is to register online two days in advance, give them a call and you may get to go on the same day if the tour isn't full (one tour a day, at noon). Leave at least 15 minute to park and try to find the entrance. Visit on a nice sunny day with good visibility -- the vista of the buildings and the plaza (with its water features) against the background of the land, ocean and sky is beautiful and inspiring. Tour takes a bit more than an hour.

Visited November 2011
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