Panoramic Views from Mount Soledad
Mount Soledad is one of the most important landmarks in San Diego, California. It is also the home of the Panoramic Views, an impressive park that offers vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the San Diego County. In addition, it features views to Los Angeles and Mexico Mountains. The park is located 20 minutes away from Downtown San Diego and it’s opened from dawn till dusk. The access is free of charge and it’s available through a Sightseeing Tour in San Diego.
- Panoramic Views from Mount Soledad
- Panoramic Views Park Hours: dawn to dusk
- Access: FREE
- Mount Soledad height: 822 ft.
Mount Soledad is magnificent and it offers numerous features and attractions. From the top of the mountain, at 822 feet, you can see not only the San Diego metropolitan area, but also the superb Pacific Ocean. After the Santa Ana Winds or a rain storm, when the sky is clear, you will also be able to spot the mountains in Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties, as well as the homes in Mexico. Even if you get up there on a foggy or cloudy day, you will have the chance to admire quite an impressive panorama as the fog fills the canyons.
Up in the north, you’ll notice the Camp Pendleton that separates the Orange and San Diego Counties. To the west, there is one of the most beautiful vistas you’ve ever seen: the Pacific Ocean and La Jolla Shores, a palm tree lined and the beautiful beach. When you look to the east, you can see the famous Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. This Marine Corps base is famous because it was the set for the film Top Gun. The eastern view also includes the San Diego Mountains. Lastly, the southern vista incorporates Mexico, Coronado and downtown San Diego. So, everywhere you look around, you’ll see nothing but magnificent views.
The top of the mountain also features a cross that can be seen from San Diego. The cross is located next to a Veterans Memorial. The Memorial is surrounded by lots of parking spaces, so you can easily get there by car. There is also a parking area located near the park entrance. The park doesn’t have any proper facility, but is features lots of open space for picnics. On a sunny and warm day this is the ultimate retreat. Moreover, the Veterans Memorial is home to various special events, the most important being hosted on Veterans Day and on Memorial Day.
One of the most popular activities on Mount Soledad is cycling. The mountain features numerous cycling routes. Some of the steepest and most challenging are located on Via Capri. There are also bicycle tours that begin from the mountain top and end on Pacific and La Jolla Beach. The tours are provided by various biking companies.
Adjacent attractions are the Kate Sessions Memorial Park, situated 2.5 miles away from Mount Soledad, and the La Jolla Sightseeing Tour. They both offer great views and opportunities for relaxation and fun. During the La Jolla Sightseeing Tour you’ll be able to spot luxurious mansions, ocean cliffs, rare birds and the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course.