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A Local's Guide to the 7 Best Views in San Diego

Updated: Apr 29

San Diego, California is known for its beautiful scenery and stunning views, with many great spots to take in the city's natural beauty. Here are some of the best views in San Diego:

1. Cabrillo National Monument - Located at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula, this national monument offers panoramic views of San Diego Bay, downtown San Diego, and the Pacific Ocean.

2. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve - This coastal park offers scenic hiking trails with views of the Pacific Ocean and the coastline, as well as Torrey Pines Golf Course.


3. Torrey Pines Gliderport- A favorite local spot to view beautiful sunsets over coastal cliffs and watch paragliders soar high in the sky.

4. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park - This park offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the rugged coastline, with plenty of spots to watch the sunset.


5. Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial- This hilltop offers 360-degree views of San Diego and the surrounding area, including the ocean, mountains, and downtown skyline.


6. Cowles Mountain- With an elevation of 1,593, this mountain peak is the highest point in San Diego with 360-degree views. The 3-mile out-and-back hiking trail is moderate to strenuous but once you are at the top, the views are worth it. On a clear day, you can see downtown San Diego, the pacific ocean, and the Mexican Islands.


7. Altitude Sky Lounge - Located on the rooftop of the San Diego Marriot Hotel in the historic Gaslamp District, this lounge offers the best views of the San Diego Padres Stadium, the city skyline, and the San Diego Bay!


If you're a local what is your favorite view in San Diego? If you are visiting our beautiful city, what was your favorite view? Let me know in the comments! :)


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Apr 09, 2023

My favorites are Sunset Cliffs and Cabrillo National Monument.

Stephanie Daniels
Stephanie Daniels
Apr 11, 2023
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Those are two of my favorites as well!

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