La Jolla, California: Torrey Pines Gliderport

Watch gliders and their pilots launch themselves over the Pacific Ocean from a 350-foot-high cliff. Free to watch; if you have cash you can hitch a ride.

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla, CA
I-5 exit 29. Drive west on Genesee Ave. for one mile. Turn left at the stoplight onto N. Torrey Pines Rd. Drive a half-mile. Turn right onto Torrey Pines Scenic Drive. Drive a half-mile to the Gliderport entrance.
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Gliders in flight.

Torrey Pines Gliderport

Perched atop 350-foot-high bluffs, the skies of the Gliderport are often filled with gliders soaring above the waves. Parking is free, and you get to be up close as you watch the pilots preparing their gear, launching off the bluff, soaring up and down the coast. If you are brave enough and have spending money, you can hire a pilot and go up for a tandem flight.

Another unique thing about this place is that right below it is Blacks Beach, San Diego's only swimsuit-optional beach!

[Lauri Biondo, 05/14/2022]

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