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Torrey Pines GliderportEstablished in 1928, the Torrey Pines Gliderport was the first established site for sail planes, hang gliding and paragliding in the United States. Over the years, the Torrey Pines Gliderport became home to many aviation innovations. Probably the most famous glider to take advantage of the westerly winds blowing over the Torrey Pines Cliffs was Charles Lindbergh when he sailed off Mt Soledad on a flight to Del Mar. You can read more about the history of the Torrey Pines Gliderport from the National Park Service.

Its rich history has landed the Torrey Pines Gliderport on the National Register of Historic Places. This tradition is preserved by the Torrey Pines Gliderport Historical Society.

Have you ever watched the brave souls sailing over the cliffs of Torrey Pines with their colorful wings and wondered what the difference is between hang gliding and paragliding? The Torrey Pines Gliderport provides answers to common questions. You can learn more on how paragliding works by reading this entry about Ridge Lift at Torrey Pines in Wikipedia.

If you have the desire to sail over our beautiful cliffs above Black’s Beach and enjoy magnificent views, it only takes 20 minutes of instruction before your instructor takes you out on a tandem flight. The Torrey Pines Gliderport offers more instructors than any other paragliding school in the country. It is also regarded as the best sailing school in the country.

If parasailing is a little too scary for you but you would love to enjoy the views, you can watch this paragliding video on YouTube. You’ll also get to see the backyards of some very nice homes along the La Jolla coast.

Also note the Gliderport holds the annual Torrey Pines Air Races during the spring.

Directions from Google Maps. The Gliderport is less than 20 minutes north of downtown San Diego. Drive down Torrey Pines Scenic Drive and continue on the dirt road towards the cliff. Although it is a bit bumpy, a typical car can make it to the Gliderport.

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