Can You Find These Secret Spots in San Diego?

If you’ve been to the sunny city of San Diego before, you’ve probably seen the scenic beaches, visited the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego, and explored the popular spots throughout the city. During your next visit, add some new spots to your list of things to do. These secret gems are off the beaten path and provide the perfect additions to your next San Diego vacation.


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Secret Swings

Venture to La Jolla to find the Secret Swings, which offer scenic views of the coast below. This picturesque spot is hidden within the trees above Scripps Pier. Take the short hike up from Expedition Way and enjoy the spectacular views of the cliffs and the Pacific as the wind blows gently through your hair.

Spruce Street Suspension Bridge

Nestled into the quaint neighborhood of Bankers Hill is the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge. Located above the treetops, this scenic spot, built in 1912, is perfect for conquering your fear of heights.


Sunny Jim Cave

This natural work of art is accessed by a hand-dug tunnel through a gift shop in La Jolla. For just $5 for adults and $3 for children, you can discover the portrait of Sunny Jim naturally carved into the walls of the cave. Watch for snorkelers and kayakers as they drift by in the peaceful waters outside. 

Harper’s Topiary Garden

Take a break from San Diego’s crowded tourist areas with a trip to Harper’s Topiary Garden. Located in Mission Hills, this residential garden is an eye-catching addition to the hillside. Discover carefully manicured shrubbery trimmed to resemble a variety of animals. Plan your own visit and see how many creatures you can recognize.


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Ho Chi Minh Trail

Used primarily as a secret surfer trail down to Black’s Beach, the Ho Chi Minh Trail is a challenging path down to the sand. Enter the trail next to a home on La Jolla Farms Road and prepare for slot canyons, wooden planks, and lots of sandstone. This trail is steep and can be slippery, so be sure to avoid it after rainfall. By the time you make it to the beach, you’ll wonder how the surfers manage to climb down with their boards in hand.