An insider shows you where to capture your next Instagram-worthy shot on your San Diego trip in California

A San Diego trip is a triple threat because it has everything that a future resident or a tourist wants in a city. First, you have 31 beaches to choose in San Diego County. Next, the weather is warm and sunny all year long. Which means you have more time to enjoy the outdoors and to roam around the city. Last, San Diego is so beautiful that you have to take out your camera to capture its beauty. 

From La Jolla to Downtown, there’s so much to see, to do, and to take a picture of in this city. Therefore, I have narrowed down the best local and famous photography spots in San Diego. 

North Park

If there’s a place in San Diego that’s perfect for young, artistic, and trendy people, that place would be North Park. It’s located southeast of Downtown San Diego and it’s popular for so many things such as its food, craft beers, and art murals. 

In my opinion, one of the most popular murals in North Park has to be the dinosaur mural. However, there are many unique murals and hidden gems in this area. Therefore, if you want to amplify your Instagram content or add more unique pictures to your portfolio, North Park is the area to visit in San Diego.

#MADSTEEZ Dinosaur Mural in North Park. San Diego, California

Photo: Tony Webster via Flickr

La Jolla 

La Jolla is a seaside community that houses some of the most popular places in San Diego. For instance, UCSD, Torrey Pines State Reserve, and La Jolla Trail. If you’re a nature lover and a fan of the beach, then you’re going to quickly become acquainted with this area.

In my opinion, the best place to take a picture of the sunset, sunrise, and beach is in La Jolla. The perfect time to capture the sunrise this season is 5am-6am. As for the sunset, I recommend the time frame between 4pm-5pm. 

La Jolla in San Diego, California

Photo: Zach Josephson via Unsplash

Balboa Park

One of my favorite spots in San Diego is Balboa Park. There are many attractions that appeals to all ages and visitors. For example, Balboa Park is famous for its museums, gardens, historic sites, and delicious food.

Notably, one of the best picture-worthy spots in this area is the pond in front of the Botanical Garden. Personally speaking, I think it’s a beautiful spot to take your prom, wedding, or graduation photos. Also, I recommend taking advantage of Balboa Park’s corridors too. The architecture is beautiful and its one of the reasons why this place is an eye-catching area. 

Balboa Park, San Diego California

Photo: Roman Eugeniusz via Wikimedia Commons


To continue, one of San Diego’s historic and popular areas is Gaslamp District / Quarter. Gaslamp is conveniently located in Downtown San Diego, which means you have more opportunities to walk and to take pictures of the beautiful city.

Also Gaslamp is famously known for their night life too. For instance, you’ll find a lot of  trendy nightclubs, bars, and restaurants in Gaslamp Quarter. 

Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, California

Photo: Vistor7 via Wikimedia Commons

The Flower Field in Carlsbad (Spring Only)  

Last, one of my favorite spots to go to in the spring is the Carlsbad Flower FieldCarlsbad is located north of San Diego County. 

It’s good to note that the flower field is only open in the spring and you have to pay to get into the flower field. Also, it’s opened from March – May so, you have plenty of time to visit this area.

Overall, you don’t want to miss out on this spot on your San Diego trip because it’s perfect for picture taking, walking, and enjoying nature.  

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, San Diego trip California

Photo: Kurt Minard via Wikimedia Commons

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