The top 10 views in La Jolla

La Jolla’s Scenery is awe inspiring. The local ecology, topography and coastline are a treat to the eyes. The Light presents our top 10 views in La Jolla.

Scripps Pier

Scripps Pier is part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. While not open to the public, the nearby beach is a great spot for a walk or watching surfers. You can find the pier and beach by going north on Torrey Pines Road. Turn left at La Jolla Shores Drive and left again on El Paseo Grande. Street parking available. Or you can park at nearby Kellogg Park, which is to the south. Photo: Andrew Pfeiffer

The Cove

One of La Jolla’s best-known spots is “The Cove.” On a clear day, you’ll get to take in views all the way to Catalina and Dana Point, or you can just relax and watch swimmers get their daily exercise. Go north on Torrey Pines Road to Prospect Place. Turn left at the light and follow the signs. Photo: La Jolla Light File

Museum of Contemporary Art

For great sunsets or just a meditation break, stop by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla, 700 Prospect St. While you’re taking in the great exhibits, you can view the Pacific or relax in the meditation garden. Take Girard Avenue west to Kline Street. Turn left to Draper, then right. The museum will be in front of you. Photo: Kent Horner

La Valencia

Another great spot for sunsets and a nice glass of wine is the La Valencia’s Ocean View Terrace at 1132 Prospect St. Take Girard toward the ocean. Turn right at Prospect. The hotel will be on your left. Photo: Kent Horner

Mount Soledad

No view in La Jolla is better than the one from the top of Mount Soledad. Take Torrey Pines Road about a mile north to Hillside Drive. Turn right and then left to stay on Hillside Drive. Turn right at Via Capri and left at Soledad Park Road. There you’ll find 360-degree views, walking trails and the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial. Photo: Christine Hill

Salk Institute

There’s no more striking view in La Jolla than the one framed by the concrete and teak structure of The Salk Institute. Designed by architect Louis Kahn for Dr. Jonas Salk, the research center was designed to marry the creativity of art and science. Stand in the courtyard and watch the sun fall into the sea beyond the reflecting pool. Take Torrey Pines Road north. Turn left at the light onto North Torrey Pines Road and stay left when you reach the intersection at the UCSD campus. Turn left at the light at Torrey Pines Scenic Drive. Photo: Cathy Jones

Torrey Pines Gliderport

Take in the views of the Pacific and the soaring engineless craft that take off from the Torrey Pines Gliderport. Take the route you took to The Salk Institute and keep on going to the end of Torrey Pines Scenic Drive. Photo: La Jolla Light file

Torrey Pines Golf Course

Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course not only offers great golf, but a great spot to watch hang gliders and paragliders soar above the cliffs. Take Torrey Pines Road north. Turn left at the light onto North Torrey Pines Road and stay left when you reach the intersection at the UCSD campus. When you reach the intersection at Genesee, turn left and watch for the signs. Photo: Jon Clark

Windansea Beach

Photographer Kent Horner says this sunset at Windansea Beach is the best he’s ever seen. It’s where surfing legends were made, so be sure to take your copy of Tom Wofle’s “Pump House Gang” to get the lowdown. Take Girard past Vons to Pearl Street. Turn left at the light at La Jolla Boulevard. Then it’s a right on Nautilus Street and a left at Neptune Place. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the shack, first built in the 1940s. Photo: Kent Horner

Bird Rock

This rock gave La Jolla’s southern neighborhood its name: Bird Rock. Today, those who go there regularly say erosion is eating away at its characteristic hole. Enjoy the views from the foot of Bird Rock Street. From your spot on Girard, go past Vons and take a right on Pearl Street and a left on La Jolla Boulevard. Go about 1.7 miles — you’ll get to negotiate some roundabouts — and then turn left at Bird Rock Avenue. Go to the end of the street. Photo: Roger Li

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Posted by Halie Johnson on Oct 11, 2010. Filed under Visitors. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

3 Comments for “The top 10 views in La Jolla”

  1. 316 Prospect

    I strongly disagree with most of the views expressed here.

  2. bill

    Even though I live in the area I would have a difficult time locating these places if I tried to follow the directions given above (and I know where they all are).

  3. the liquorologist

    I would say the restaurant atop the Hotel La Jolla has a better view than most of these places.

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