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When planning ahead for your vacation getaway to San Diego, you may begin to realize how rich the area is in natural attractions. There are several different natural attractions found only here that make for some great times outdoors. Here are some of the San Diego attractions we recommend visiting:

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Perhaps one of the most popular natural attractions in the area is no other than Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. The reserve itself is located at Torrey Pines State Beach, one of the most famous beaches we have in San Diego. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is over 1,700 acres in size, allowing indigenous wildlife to continue to thrive here. The views at the reserve include that of pine forests and beautiful sandstone canyons. The shore has breathtaking cliffs that plunge hundreds of feet to the ocean. The name of the reserve itself comes from Pinus torreyana, one of rarest pine trees that can be found in the country. Over 3,000 specimens of this pine tree can be found exclusively at Torrey Pines. This also gives the variety of waterfowl a place to nest and remain protected. The rest of the reserve also features great salt marshes that eventually stretch to the ocean. Outdoor adventurers will love the local trails; visit Guy Fleming Trail, Razor Point Trail, and Beach Trail for short and easy treks that takes you to all the sights at Torrey Pines. The reserve is only open during daylight hours and there is no place to purchase food or drink so make sure to bring your own. Have some cash on hand when arriving as the entrance fee ranges between $10-25 depending on which day you visit.

Sunset Cliffs Hidden Sea Cave

The San Diego shoreline is home to a variety of sea caves with many that can still be explored. The caves offer a view into the natural habitats for local wildlife. One of the most popular caverns to explore is Sunset Cliffs Hidden Sea Cave. This popular cavern can be located at Luscomb’s Point just past Monaco Street. As you climb down you will be given an in-depth view past the chain link fence that protects the rest of the cave from visitors. The cave was extremely popular back during the Prohibition Era to smuggle rum from Mexico to the inhabitants of San Diego. If there is one thing that keeps visitors coming back to Sunset Cliff’s Hidden Sea Cave is the beautiful sunset view found here.

Potato Chip Rock

One of the more unique natural attractions found in the San Diego area is Potato Chip Rock. This incredible natural attraction is a uniquely shaped rock that jets out from the cliff and is shaped just like a potato chip. This attraction can be found just outside of town near Poway Lake. This nearby lake may be small but features an abundance of great views. There is not much in the area for local wildlife and flora, but the trails are decorated with unique formations of rock. Most of these giant boulders are round with no jagged edges due to millions of years of rainfall. Potato Chip Rock can be found at the summit of Mt Woodson. The trail up to the summit is approximately 3 miles in length and can be moderately difficult. The summer heat can be hot so make sure to bring plenty of water. While the surrounding rock and boulders are round Potato Chip Rock is anything but. As mentioned, this rock jets out from the side of the mountain. Adventurous photo takers have taken advantage of its unique shape to get thrilling pics such as them hanging from the rock. Of course, we are not all thrill-seekers, so take caution when climbing up on this incredible attraction.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

If you wish to see the incredible desert terrain surrounding San Diego, look no further than Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This vast park features a vast array of landscapes including rugged badlands, mud caves, slot canyons, and even hidden oases of palm trees. Colorful wildflowers surround the park and give jaw dropping sights to see in person. Local wildlife found in the area include kit foxes, golden eagles, roadrunners, bighorn sheep, and mule deer. There are plenty of reptiles out and about too, including iguanas, rattlesnakes, and chuckwallas, so make sure to watch your step on the trails. Similar to other state parks in California, there may be an entrance fee when visiting, so make sure to have cash on hand.

More to See Around San Diego

As you can see, there is so much to see when visiting San Diego when it comes to natural attractions. Make your trip the best it can be by reserving one of our vacation rentals that will keep you close to all the action.