Most Popular Instagram Spots in San Diego

Most Popular Instagram Spots in San Diego

After spending a year living in San Diego, we’ve instagrammed the city quite a bit on our accounts (estherjulee + jacobthefu + localadventurer). Now that our time here is coming to a close, we’re realizing more and more how much we’re going to miss these places.

If you’re headed here, we put together a list of the popular instagram spots in San Diego plus a few of our more off the beaten path favorites.

13 Best Instagram Spots in San Diego //


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.

Scripps Pier La Jolla Beach San Diego California (The Best Photography Spots in San Diego) //

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 work day.

Salk Institute for Biological Studies + Best Instagram Spots in San Diego //

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. Explore at your own risk!

More: Comprehensive List of San Diego Beaches

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park + 13 Best Photography Spots in San Diego //

4. Old Point Loma Lighthouse

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.

More: Tide pooling at Cabrillo National Monument + Secret Sea Cave

Iconic Photo of the Spiral Staircase Point Loma Lighthouse //

5. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (Downtown)

This museum has a few different exhibits rotating throughout the year and they make plenty of appearances on instagram. These exhibits have already left, but see the ones they have now here.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego + Best Instagram Spots in San Diego //

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 it?

Truffula Tree in La Jolla + 13 Best Instagram Spots in San Diego //

7. Chicano Park

Chicano Park has a rich history, but the main draw for photographers and igers are its beautiful murals. Each has a story of its own.

8. Ho Chi Minh Trail

This hike will take you through unique rock structures, and at the end, you can enjoy the sunset from the beach. Don’t forget to check out the Mushroom House too while you’re there.

More: Photo Guide to Hiking the Ho Chi Minh Trail

Ho Chi Minh Trail San Diego //

9. The Pond in Balboa Park

It’s definitely overdone and touristy, but it’s beautiful and hard to resist for any photographer. Best times to go are sunrise and sunset.

More: Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park

The Lily Pond in Balboa Park //

10. Potato Chip Rock

We have mixed feelings about this hike, but we can’t deny that it makes for a cool photo!

More: The Truth about the Potato Chip Rock Hike

Potato Chip Rock + 13 Best Photography Spots in San Diego //

11. Broken Hill (Torrey Pines)

Torrey Pines has some great day hikes overlooking the ocean.

12. Any of San Diego’s Beaches

You can always find beautiful photos to share from the beaches of San Diego. This is at the Sunken Ship.

Where to Find the Sunken Ship on Coronado Beach - Recent storms have uncovered a sunken ship on Coronado Island //

13. Pigment (North Park)

This is a store in North Park, but it looks like it’s made for instagram. If you visit, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s like walking into an instagram photo.

More: Best Things to Do in North Park Neighborhood Guide

Pigment in North Park is the cutest store that's practically like you're walking into an instagram photo //

Bonus: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch (Spring Only)

If you’re in San Diego during spring, you should check out these flower fields.

More: Beautiful California Flower Fields You Must Visit This Spring

Carlsbad Flower Fields (Beautiful Flower Fields You Must See in Southern California) //


13 Best Instagram Spots in San Diego //

Where to Stay in San Diego

All accommodations listed below have Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and at least 4 stars on both Yelp and Tripadvisor.

More: Best Deals on San Diego Hotels + Reviews

Did we miss any cool instagram spots in San Diego? What are some favorite instagram spots where you live?

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Don’t forget about Old Town San Diego! Nice photo ops, food, snacks, music, museums and history of the area

    1. Oh yea! We need to explore that area more.

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