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Things to do in San Diego: Best Photo Spots in San Diego

San Diego is considered, ‘America’s Most Beautiful City’ – so there is no shortage of amazing photo opportunities. This latest San Diego Travel Blog article, ‘Things to do in San Diego: Best Photo Spots in San Diego’ – introduces you to just a few of the many Instagram worthy spots in our oceanfront city.

Written by
Maria Mancuso

The Keating Hotel is set in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego and is located near many great photo opportunities in San Diego!  Our latest San Diego Travel Blog article; 'Things to do in San Diego: Best Photo Spots in San Diego' – presents you with some inspiring photo opportunity locations you will enjoy exploring during your next visit to San Diego.

Here we go!

San Diego Hiking

San Diego Hiking: San Diego has many great hiking trails perfect for all skill levels.  Consider a hike on one of the mountain or coastal trails for a rewarding sunset photo opportunity.


Surfer at La Jolla Shores

La Jolla Shores: The coastal town of La Jolla Shores has a shallow and wide beach which provides many photo opportunities of beautiful sunsets, surfers and the Pier at La Jolla Shores. Consider visiting early morning or late afternoon, for great sunsets.


Pizza in a San Diego Restaurant

FOOD: There is no other way to say it.  If you enjoy photography, you most likely appreciate the perfect ‘Foodie Photo Opp’ and San Diego Restaurants will not disappoint. Plus, it is a great excuse to enjoy some of the best food you’ll ever try.  Fish Tacos is Pacific Beach. Sushi in Gaslamp Quarter. Steak in La Jolla. Burgers in North Park…try them all!


Lion at the San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo: It is considered the ‘Best Zoo in the World’ so there are many photo opportunities to capture beautiful big cats, Tigers, Lions, predatory Birds, Elephants and many more.


Balboa Park in San Diego

Balboa Park: This park is home to many Museums, Restaurants, Shops and exhibits.  Balboa Park has many great photo spots including the Botanical Gardens, Fountains & more.  Balboa Park is great to photograph in the early morning or late afternoon and even at night. Planning Note: The San Diego Zoo is part of Balboa Park so you could photograph the San Diego Zoo in the morning, when the animals are most active and then photograph Balboa Park that afternoon or evening.


Seals sleeping at La Jolla Cove

Seals at La Jolla Cove: The Seals and Sea Lions are the unsung characters of La Jolla Village. Depending on the time of the year that you visit you can see baby Seals and Sea Lions learning to swim, hunt and do their favorite activity, sleep!  As always, early morning or late afternoon is the best time for great natural lighting.


Children's Beach at La Jolla Village

Children’s Beach at La Jolla Village: This interesting photo location was created so that the children could safely swim in a protected area of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. This beach is often closed off to swimmers during the ‘pupping season’ for the Seals.


Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego

Gaslamp Quarter: This lively part of Downtown San Diego has a number of great photo opportunities for nightlife, foodie shots and great lifestyle photos.  Nighttime is definitely the best time of day to capture the Gaslamp Quarter.


Balboa Park and Spanish Architecture

Spanish Architecture: If you are a history buff, and even if you aren’t, you will enjoy the many great examples of early Spanish Architecture. Wait for early morning or late afternoon shots for great natural lighting and shadows to highlight the details.


4th of July in San Diego

4th of July: If you find yourself in San Diego during the 4th of July holiday, there is no better place in the country to photograph the amazing fireworks display as it fills the night sky above San Diego Bay.


We hope our San Diego Travel Blog article; 'Things to do in San Diego: Best Photo Spots in San Diego' has inspired you to plan a visit to San Diego to capture some great photos and freshen up your Instagram Account with shots of ‘America’s Most Beautiful City.’

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