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Last Updated: January 21, 2021
If you’re headed here, we put together a list of the popular San Diego instagram spots plus a few of our more off the beaten path favorites.
13 San Diego Instagram Spots You Can't Miss
1. Scripps Pier at La Jolla Beach
This iconic San Diego photo gives you an amazing view through the bottom of the pier. It’s a great place to watch the sunset, enjoy the beach, and explore the surrounding La Jolla area.
2. Salk Institute of Biological Studies
The Salk Institute is a functioning research facility that has some of the best architecture in San Diego. Despite the fact that it always looks abandoned or empty in all the photos online, there is a constant stream of workers and tourists walking through especially during the workday.
3. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
This is my favorite place in San Diego. It gives you plenty of vantage points to enjoy the sunset and watch the waves crashing against the cliffs. There’s an arch you can jump off during the summer and a secret (not-so-secret) sea cave/sinkhole (that you can explore at your own risk).
Located in Cabrillo National Monument, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse has an iconic spiral staircase that everyone loves to photograph. In Point Loma, you’ll also get a great view of the San Diego skyline over the bay.
6. Dr Seuss Tree (La Jolla)
Did you know Dr Seuss lived much of his life in San Diego? There is tree in La Jolla that people call the Dr Seuss Tree. It is said to have inspired the Truffula Tree in Lorax. Can you see the resemblance?
9. The Pond in Balboa Park
This is an obvious touristy spot, but it’s beautiful and hard to resist for any photographer. The best times to go are sunrise and sunset.
12. Any of San Diego's Beaches
You can always find beautiful photos to share from the beaches of San Diego. The photo below is actually a rare occurrence in Coronado where you can see a sunken ship at low tide.
13. Pigment (North Park)
If you’re in San Diego during spring, you should check out these flower fields. There are plenty of photo ops!
Map of San Diego Instagram Spots
Did we miss any cool instagram spots in San Diego? What are some favorite instagram spots where you live?
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Esther + Jacob
Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.