When you land in San Diego, it won’t take long before you whip out your camera and begin clicking away. Heck, even the locals can’t help but snap pictures of blooming flowers, great waves, and stunning sunsets (have you seen our Instagrams?). However, if you’re serious about getting good snaps, there are a few places you don’t want to miss. Here are 7, brought to you by the Marina Inn Downtown San Diego.
1. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Discover some 2,000 acres of stunning coastal bluffs nestled between La Jolla and Del Mar by making a trip to this reserve. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can snap pics while following the eight miles of hiking trails found here. You can also arrange for a guided nature walk if you want to get a better understanding of the region.
Suggestion: Make your way to the top of Broken Hill to find sculpted sand cliffs and a rare pine tree worth capturing.
2. Cabrillo Point
Home to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, Cabrillo Point is another perfect place to take some photographs in San Diego. As long as you have your camera out, don’t forget to snap a few shots of the downtown San Diego skyline including the San Diego Convention Center and Gaslamp Quarter, the Pacific Ocean, and the bay. You might even spot a few gray whales just off the coast.
3. Presidio Park
Spanning 40 acres, Presidio Park offers a sweeping view of the city that’s perfect for some picture taking. Go for a stroll and you’ll find some native trees and beautiful vegetation. Then, take a break and enjoy a picnic or visit the Serra Museum, which displays artifacts related to the region’s history, before taking a few more snaps at dusk. The park is also within walking distance of Old Town State Historic Park, so you can always head over there to take some more photos, if you wish.
Suggestion: Take a picture of the plaque and water bowl that’s in the park for the fabled “ghost deer,” the spirit of a white deer that escaped from the San Diego Zoo years ago that’s said to still “visit” the park.
4. Black Mountain
Hills, ridges and canyons covered by chaparral and sage make Black Mountain a great focal point for your photos. With more than 2,000 acres of open space here, plan to spend some time exploring this the mountain and its surrounding areas. You can usually get a decent view of the ocean to the west, more mountains to the north and east and Downtown SD to the south.
Suggestion: Grab your camera and drive to the north along Carmel Mountain Road where you’ll find Lusardi Creek, a secluded locale sure to offer some great photo ops.
5. Harbor Island
This manmade peninsula is a perfect spot for a day of picture taking fun. Follow the single road that goes from one side to the other and you can snap all the pictures you want from the comfort of your car. If you prefer to explore by foot, you’ll find some marinas and other prime spots for picture taking.
Suggestion: Take a bike ride instead and, if you’re up for it, ride over to neighboring Shelter Island.
6. Mount Soledad
The site of the city’s iconic Mount Soledad Easter Cross, Mount Soledad will give you a picture-perfect view of La Jolla (immediately below), the San Diego skyline to the south and breathtaking mountains off to the east and north. You can even get a few good photos of Mexico off in the distance on a clear day.
Suggestion: Pack a picnic and enjoy the view while having lunch.
7. Bankers Hill
Take a casual stroll through this upscale neighborhood and you’ll find plenty of examples of historic architecture worth capturing. Head west and you’ll get to a more elevated area where you can take advantage of a panoramic view that includes Downtown, San Diego Bay and Coronado.
Suggestion: Go to Front and Brant Street and walk along the Bruce Street Suspension Bridge above Kate Sessions Canyon for stunning views.
Along with bringing your camera, don’t forget to book a room! With summer right around the corner, good hotel rooms in the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, or near the airport go fast! Call the Marina Inn & Suites at 1-800-571-2933 to reserve your room today! We offer 24/7 customer service, flexible dates, and the best rate guaranteed!