After such a hearty breakfast, head to Torrey Pines State Reserve for a long hike. The reserve is a short drive north of La Jolla and offers some of the most amazing views of the pacific ocean. The reserve extends two miles along the coast and one mile inland and includes a wide beach, steep sandstone cliffs and bluffs that are eroded into unusual, intricate formations. The reserve boasts over 400 species of plants, flowers and bushes plus a fair variety of wildlife. The twisted, wind-swept torrey pine, the rarest pine tree in north America, once occupied a much larger area but now survives only here and on Santa Rosa Island. The six main trails are fairly short and you can hike several trails within a short window, or spend the day occupying the many benches along the trails just taking in the spectacular surroundings.
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La Jolla has so much to offer the nature lover, food lover, shopping lover, art lover– you get the hint. So close to San Diego, you don’t have to go far to feel a world away.
What & Where:
Torrey Pines State Reserve (16500 North Torrey Pines Rd.; 858-755-2063)
Museum of Contemporary Arts (700 Prospect Street; 858-454-3541)
Getting There: From downtown San Diego take the I-5 north. Take Hwy. 52 West to La Jolla Parkway and continue as the street becomes Torrey Pines Road. Follow Torrey Pines Road to the signalized intersection at Prospect Street and turn right.
Theresa Sigo is a New Orleans native currently living in Hawaii. She has traveled all over the world visiting such locales as Italy, Spain, Scandanavia, St Petersburg, Mexico, the Greek islands, and most recently Tokyo. Theresa enjoys traveling and experiencing new food and cultures. She has returned to Honolulu after living in on the mainland (Monterey, Chicago and Houston) for 8 years.
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