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Torrey Pines State Reserve

12600 North Torrey Pines Road | La Jolla, CA 92037-1047 | Official website
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  • Type: Beaches, Hiking, Parks and Gardens
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 3.0 (3.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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This 1,700-acre natural reserve houses and protects numerous types of flora, but particularly the Torrey Pine, one of America's rarest pine trees. What does that mean for you? Plenty of hiking (8 miles, to be exact) and bird-watching opportunities. Trails offer breathtaking views of the coastline and cater to a wide range of hiking abilities (most of the trails are less than a mile). Grab your hiking boots and binoculars and heed the advice of recent travelers who rave about exploring this evergreen oasis. "Park on the road and walk to the trailhead and enjoy an easy yet incredibly scenic hike as you ascend the cliffs and overlook the Pacific," said one TripAdvisor user. And don't forget your swimsuit: Torrey Pines State Reserve is home to two of the city's favorite secluded shorelines, Black's Beach on the southern edge of the park and Torrey Pines State Beach farther north.

Torrey Pines State Reserve borders the Pacific Ocean just north of La Jolla, and is situated about 18 miles north of downtown San Diego. It opens daily at 7:15 a.m. and closes at sunset. General admission costs $10 to $15, depending on where you park and what day of the week you visit. Fees include guided tours and nature walks offered by the park's visitor's center. Note that a seperate fee is required if you want to park in the North Beach lot. If you plan to hike, remember to pack your own water as there is no place in the park to purchase food or drinks. For more information, check out the park's website.

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