San Diego is full of awe-inspiring views, from the ocean to the mountains to the bay––so whether you want to treat out-of-town guests to stunning vistas or you and the fam want to appreciate the beauty in your own backyard or find the perfect photo backdrop, we’ve got a sight for you. Click through our slideshow to feast your eyes on vantage points around the city that are nothing short of spectacular.

Balboa Park Botanical Gardens

Stroll the reflection pond, spot the floating lily pads and drink in the amazing Botanical Garden view–– one of the largest lattice structures in the world. Find shade inside while exploring the over 2,100 plants from cycads and ferns to orchids and palms. You'll find good eats just past the Museum of Art at Panama 66 with kid-friendly food like PB & J and grilled cheese sandwiches. There's even a little sculpture garden to keep kiddos entertained.

Read our guide to exploring Balboa Park with your kids here.

Balboa Park Botanical Garden
1549 El Prado
San Diego, Ca
619-239-0512
Online: balboapark.org
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Thurs. and holidays

photo: Joe Wolf

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—Nikki Walsh