5 San Diego Hidden Gems Worth Visiting

By Home Bay

Posted on May 17th, 2017

San Diego is a beautiful place to call home. From the stunning bay to the beautiful beaches to the mountains that provide the perfect spot for viewing a magnificent California sunset, San Diego County truly has it all. If you are looking to take a break from the mainstream, then you should check out these five little-known gems around the city.

5 Must-See San Diego Hidden Gems

Whether you are looking to try a timeless delicacy or want to know the perfect spot to view a sunset, be sure to check out these five amazing San Diego spots.

  1. Visit broken hill at the Torrey Pines State Reserve:


    Photo Source: Alex Baltov / San Diego Reader
    Bring your camera and get ready to make memories as you take in the sunset from Broken Hill at Torrey Pines State Reserve. Amazing sculpted sand cliffs and the rarest pine trees in the United States will serve as your backdrop, while you watch the sun turn into a fiery blaze of orange and red hues over the Pacific Ocean.

  2. Make music on the Sherman Heights Golden Hill Bridge:

    san diego musical bridge

    Photo Source: San Diego Culture

    Have you ever walked across a bridge that was built to play music? If you answered “no,” then you definitely need to take a walk on the Sherman Heights / Golden Hill Bridge that spans the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freeway. Artist Roman de Salvo created the carillon to play a unique tune when the chromatic bells are struck in sequence. Make sure to bring a durable stick or pipe to inspire the bells to truly sing.

  3. Go snorkeling at La Jolla Cove:

    la jolla shores

    Photo Source: Jason Antic

    La Jolla Cove is teeming with wildlife that will make you wish your smartphone was waterproof. If you don’t have scuba certification, then you should check out the awe-inspiring underwater world by donning snorkel gear and taking a plunge. Be on the lookout for fish, curious sea lions, underwater sea vegetation and an assortment of unique aquatic animals.

  4. Enjoy some ice cream at Mr. Frostie:

    Mr Frostie

    Photo Source: Flickr

    Mr. Frostie is an iconic component of the Pacific Beach. Since 1949, Mr. Frostie has been serving chocolate shakes, delectable eats and soft serve to children and adults alike. While the line might be down the block on a hot summer day, it is well worth the wait to enjoy a whipped cream-covered sundae or chocolate-dipped ice cream.

  5. Visit hidden bridges in Banker’s Hill:

    suspension bridge

    Photo Source: San Diego Magazine

    The Spruce Street Suspension Bridge (shown above) was built in 1912 to span Kate Sessions Canyon between Front and Brant Street. This bridge is not for the faint of heart, especially if the wind is whistling through its cables.

quince street bridge

Photo Source: San Diego Reader
You can also take a stroll on the Quince Street Bridge, which is a beautifully constructed wooden pedestrian bridge that spans Maple Canyon between Third Street and Fourth Street.

Whether you are new to San Diego or have lived in the beautiful city for years, be sure to take advantage of the diversity your city has to offer and check out these hidden gems! Do you have a favorite hidden spot? Share in the comments!

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