All the words in the world won’t do justice to these 10 camera-worthy outdoor adventures in San Diego.
Bring your GoPros, your smart phones, your DSLR cameras and your point-and-shoots.
1. Hike Along Ocean Cliffs
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is home to the rarest pine tree in the USA and boasts nearly 13 kilometers of scenic, cliff-side trails. Best photo op: the breathtaking overlooks of the Pacific Ocean
2. Paraglide Over the Pacific
Torrey Pines Gliderport offers tandem paragliding over the seaside bluffs of Torrey Pines – no experience necessary. Best photo op: bird’s-eye GoPro footage of towering cliffs, neighboring mansions and the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course.
6. Kayak Through Coastal Caves
When the tide is low, kayak into La Jolla’s famous Seven Caves. These natural marvels are carved out of 75 million-year-old sandstone. Best photo op: waterproof photo or video equipment for eerie shots of the sculpted caves.
7. Play Beach Volleyball
South Mission Beach is the local hangout for beach volleyball. Competitive tournaments meet here, as well as players looking for a friendly pick-up game. Best photo op: nearing sunset, a must-have beach shot of locals playing on the courts.
8. Surf Like a Local
San Diego’s 112 kilometers of coastline is a surfer’s paradise. Windansea is an awesome surf spot for experienced locals, while La Jolla Shores is a great spot for novices. Best photo op: GoPro your surf lesson, or take Instagram-worthy pictures from the shore.
9. Golf an Iconic Course
San Diego is home to more than 90 golf courses, many set against stunning natural backdrops. Play the municipal course at Torrey Pines where, in 2008, Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open against Rocco Mediate in a legendary showdown. Best photo op: that awesome shot of the Pacific Ocean from the green.
10. Soar on a Zipline
Hit speeds of up to 88 kilometers per hour on the La Jolla Zip Zoom Zipline at the La Jolla Indian Reservation in scenic East County. Best photo op: GoPro your ride, or hand your camera to a fellow zip liner to get video of your high-speed adventure.
San Diego is connected to major international airports throughout the nation. It is only one flight away from Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Las Vegas, Seattle and more. International direct flights to San Diego International Airport are available year-round from the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and Mexico, and seasonally from Germany and Switzerland. Amtrak provides rail service to San Diego from Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Anaheim on its popular Pacific Surfliner train.
Where to Stay
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, 10950 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, sits between the villages of La Jolla and Del Mar, with guest rooms that feature views of the lush gardens, golf course or Pacific Ocean. Resort guests can access exclusive tee times at Torrey Pines Golf Course.
Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton, 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, is near La Jolla Shores Beach. The hotel’s guest rooms and suites feature balconies, many overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Grab a bite to eat or a cocktail at Cusp Dining & Drinks, which features stunning views from the 11th floor.
Hilton San Diego-Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, is next to the Del Mar Fairgrounds and horse racing track. Enjoy family fun in the resort-style swimming pool or relax around the fire pits. The hotel provides free transportation to shopping, dining and nearby Del Mar beaches.
A story with Visit The USA: The Official USA Travel Website