Scenic Drives in San Diego

With miles of scenic coast and charming neighborhoods, it can be hard to know where to begin when scoping out the most picturesque San Diego destinations. The popular 59-mile Scenic Drive offers the perfect starting point. The drive loops through the city’s colorful neighborhoods and glistening coasts, allowing you to experience the best scenic views in San Diego. Whether you only have a day to drive through these destinations or a week to take your time, you won’t want to miss out on these scenic drive highlights.

 

Point Loma

5.5 miles away

Start your journey through San Diego in the south, around Point Loma. Here you’ll find a variety of unique sights, from beach vistas to city scenery. Head to the very tip of Point Loma — the southwestern most point of the continental U.S. — and watch the gray whale migration during the winter months.

During your drive through Point Loma, make sure to pass through Harbor Island for incredible views of the San Diego Bay, Shelter Island for the docked sport-fishing fleet in the marina, and the famous Cabrillo National Monument. 

 

Ocean Beach

2.4 miles away

Keep heading north along the coast and you’ll hit Ocean Beach. On your drive, you’ll pass the stunning Sunset Cliffs — if you have the time, make a pit stop to see them from up close! Once in Ocean Beach, walk the pier and enjoy the variety of activities, including fishing and birdwatching. 

 

Mission Bay Park

4.4 miles away

Minutes away from our home in Mission Bay, discover the Mission Bay Aquatic Park. Featuring 4,600 acres of water and shoreline, this San Diego park is your one-stop shop for adventure on the water. Spend a few hours here and enjoy water sports including paddleboarding, waterskiing, and kayaking. 

 

Pacific Beach

3 miles away

The ultimate San Diego destination for surfing and sunbathing, Pacific Beach is the epitome of SoCal culture. The laid-back beach town offers breathtaking ocean views as well as a lively local scene along the Ocean Front Walk.

 

La Jolla

7 miles away

Among the most vibrant communities in San Diego, La Jolla brings together a mix of fun local color and stunning coastal views. It can be hard to narrow down the top things to do in this area, but you won’t want to miss Mount Soledad, the University of California San Diego campus, or the La Jolla cove.

 

Embarcadero

7.1 miles away

The perfect place to end your scenic tour of San Diego, the Embarcadero is a hub for maritime history and nautical sights. As you pass through, you’ll see the large bay filled with aircraft carriers, cruise ships, sailboats, and yachts. If you have time to stop and explore, pay a visit to the Maritime Museum of San Diego, the nearby Balboa Park, or make a pit stop at the idyllic beaches of Coronado Island.