10 San Diego Spots Your Instagram Feed Needs

Published April 20th, 2017

It’s all about sun-drenched coastlines, arts and culture in San Diego, California- so where better to visit than this Instagram-friendly metropolis. After all, it’s as much about the adventure as it is about keeping your Insta feed as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Add these photogenic spots to your bucket list and watch the easy likes roll in! 

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1. Torrey Pines State Beach

Located just north of La Jolla along Highway 101, you can sunbathe and snap pics along sandy stretches of Torrey Pines State Beach, as hang gliders soar above you. Or take in the views from up high, with a nature walk through the trails of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Park, leading you amongst the area’s namesake native pine trees.


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2. Hotel del Coronado

On the edge of the Pacific, where sands sparkle like gold, The Hotel del Coronado is the majestic resort, Instagram dreams are made of. This magical oceanfront beach resort engages the senses and captivates the imagination of visitors from around the globe. No matter where you turn, you’ll have something impressive to shoot.    


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3. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Artistic backdrops more your style of ‘gramming? The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) has your Insta stage set sorted. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego and in the coastal community of La Jolla, MCASD offers an unprecedented variety of exhibition spaces showcasing picturesque collections for art lovers to admire.


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4. Potato Chip Rock

If you’re hungry for Insta likes, you’ll find Potato Chip Rock rather satisfying. Before reaching the unique rock formation, you’ll need to hike about 6 km- so make sure to take your water bottle and best potato rock pose with you. There are also other fascinating rocks to view along the way that’ll whet your appetite. 


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5. Bonita Pumpkin Farm

Love sunflower settings and pumpkin patches? Bonita Pumpkin Farm - an Instagrammers playground, makes for a vibrant photoshoot location and is only a 20-minute drive from downtown San Diego. Visit in October during pumpkin season and lose yourself amongst blossoming sunflowers and mammoth corn mazes.


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6. South Mission Beach

If you’re after an extremely grammable structure to shoot against, look no further than this abandoned graffiti shack on the jetty in South Mission Beach. Take comfy shoes and snap your pic as the sun sets for the ultimate romantic seascape. Go solo or take your partner along for a dreamy #couplegoals adventure. 


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7. USS Midway

USS Midway Museum, original home of TOPGUN, is an opportunity to experience the uniqueness of San Diego. Here you’ll find climb-in aircrafts, flight simulators, ejections seats and cockpits to explore and capture on the ‘gram. You’ll also likely run into a 25-foot statue adaptation of the famous WWII ‘sailor kissing a nurse’ photo. Ohh-la-la. Insert vintage filter here. 


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8. Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a must-see, just minutes from downtown and ranked as one of the best urban cultural parks in the world. That in itself along with the parks’ striking architecture is worth the visit and geo-tag. The park is home to 15 major museums, several performing arts venues and charming gardens. With a variety of cultural institutions laid out among its 1,200 beautiful and lushly planted acres, this spot provides countless photo ops for your Insta feed. 


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9. Shockus Skate Park Ocean Beach 

Skate park, palm trees and San Diego sunsets – all the necessary ingredients for the quintessential Californian Instagram pic. Even if you’re not a skater yourself, the park is filled with local shredders to catch on film. Shockus Skate Park is also where skate meets the sea so if you’re a drone enthusiast, you’ll be impressed with how the park photographs next to glistening waters from up above.

10. Scripps Pier at La Jolla Beach

Instagrammers will love the visually satisfying geometric lines of Scripps Pier in La Jolla. Although the pier itself isn’t open to the public, visitors are allowed to hang out on the beach and shoot their own perspectives of this mysterious and moody ocean tunnel view. Surely this is the pathway to heaven and pathway to Instagram likes.


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