The Mt Soledad Cross is a Famous Landmark and War Memorial in San Diego’s Beautiful La Jolla Community
“I only really and truly fully relax on my own. Give me a sun lounger, a pool and a sea view, and I’m happy. ” -Miranda Hart
I moved to San Diego last August, but my first trip to San Diego was in April 2014 for Spring Break with my son. I did quite a bit of research prior to that visit to find the best things to do in San Diego. However, the Mt Soledad Cross wasn’t on any of the lists. When I finally went to the Mt Soledad Cross earlier this year with my fiance, Patrick, I was totally blown away by the beauty and the view. I think it is one of the best places to visit in San Diego. The view is spectacular. You get a panoramic view of all of San Diego on a clear day. You can see Downtown San Diego, Point Loma, Coronado, East County, North County, and, of course, Mission Bay and La Jolla.
There was a big controversy a few years ago about removal of the Mt Soledad Cross, which I found to be really crazy. It is a war memorial. There are 3,700 plaques honoring U.S. military veterans of all religions from all different wars. Its incredible aura draws you there no matter if you’re a tourist, or you’ve lived in San Diego your whole life.
Some of the best things about the Mt Soledad Cross are:
Breathtaking Expansive Views
As you’re arriving to 6551 Soledad Mountain Rd. in La Jolla, California, you drive the curvy roads, and you keep going up and up slowly. Then suddenly, the road opens to a circle drive around a large monument. There are plenty of (FREE) parking spaces, and as soon as you step out of your car, there are breathtaking views of San Diego all around!
Great for Workouts
You can get a good workout if you walk all around the monument a few times. It only takes about ten minutes to walk the entire circumference, but the landscape is unmatched. There are stairs up to the cross that you can use for lunges, stair climbers, etc. to get an even better workout! The day my friend Elizabeth and I visited, we didn’t see too many people out exercising, but, if I lived close I would walk here every day!
You can spend a few hours here having a picnic, taking family photos, or resting from a walk or bike ride. You can see very far on a sunny day, especially in the morning or evening before sunset. Many people come just for the view of the ocean from the top of the hill. Many people come weekly to show remembrance to those lost in war.
Make sure you head down to the Mt Soledad Cross this coming Wednesday, November 11th for their Veteran’s Week Ceremony! They will have a special plaque presentation honoring, a keynote speaker, and their first ever Patriotic Skydiving performance! It is an event not to miss and will surely show respect to all the Veteran’s who have served our country.
Have you been to the Mt Soledad Cross yet? Let us know!