My 10 Favorite Photo Spots in San Diego

Usually after a trip I share some of my favorite photos or Instagram posts highlighting what were my top moments in any given destination. Today though I want to do something a little different. Not only do I want to share my favorite photos from my few days exploring sunny San Diego, but I also want to share where I took them and why I was so drawn to them. I think you’ll agree though, it’s pretty easy to take a nice shot in a place as gorgeous as San Diego, California.

San Diego Skyline
Taken from Bayview Park, Coronado

I’d long seen those amazing skyline shots so, after a little research, I found this tiny park on Coronado Island with the perfect view. I used a glass ball photo prop to add something a little different.

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
Taken from Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery near Cabrillo National Monument

While the views from Cabrillo are indeed stunning, I was moved by the quiet dignity and reserved beauty of this National Cemetery overlooking the city.

Unconditional Surrender Statue
Taken from Harbor Drive next to the U.S.S. Midway and Bob Hope Memorial Plaza

Inspired by that famous photo, this much-loved statue is fun to see in person and is right next to the U.S.S. Midway, making it easy to visit.

Dome of the California Building
Taken from the Museum of Man Tower (must join a tour to climb) in Balboa Park

I always love to get as high as I can in a new city and in San Diego that meant climbing to the top of the tower at the Museum of Man. A great museum in its own right, the tower climb was a fun addition. The guide peppered me with facts about the creation of Balboa Park and its importance, making the climb both necessary for the photo but a fun experience as well.

The Perfect Taco Lunch
Taken in ¡SALUD! Restaurant, Barrio Logan

It’s impossible to go hungry in San Diego – there’s just so many delicious things to enjoy. Located just a few miles from Mexico though, authentic Mexican fare is a must and one of the best places to enjoy it is here at ¡SALUD! Restaurant in Barrio Logan.

Lifeguard Stand
Taken on Ocean Beach next to the Dog Beach

I spent a day visiting small community beaches in and around San Diego and barely scratched the surface. Beach life and surfing culture is just part of life here, perhaps best seen in the quirky town of Ocean Beach and the gorgeous coastline it calls home. As an added bonus, stop by Dog Beach to watch pooches frolic in the sand.

“River of Life”
Taken in the Salk Institute, Torrey Pines

Although I certainly love a nice landscape, I’m also incredibly drawn to amazing architecture, like this very unique fountain and courtyard at the Salk Institute. It’s within walking distance from the Gliderport, so make sure to stop by when you visit the cliffs.

Torrey Pines Cliffs
Taken from Torrey Pines Gliderport

With views made famous by the PGA Tour event at adjacent Torrey Pines Golf Course, the cliffs are amongst the most stunning I’ve ever seen in person. Photos just doesn’t do this area justice, so trust me and stop by for yourself.

California Sunset
Taken from the edge of La Jolla Cove

Although La Jolla Cove is almost always packed with tourists, it’s possible to create your own little space and to enjoy a view minutes of reflection. Without hyperbole, this really is one of the best places in the world to enjoy a sunset, so make sure you do it at least once.

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Golden Hour
Taken from accessible beach next to Children’s Pool, La Jolla

San Diego fulfills the grand promise of California living in the best ways possible. Part of the daily ritual of visiting is stopping to enjoy the blazing sunsets, my favorite of which were all enjoyed in the posh community of La Jolla.

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By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Also follow Matt on Twitter, Facebook and

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