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The Salk Institute

The Salk Institute

This historical site (and active biomedical sciences research campus) in San Diego County’s upscale La Jolla was established by Dr. Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccine, in 1960 (it was completed in 1965). Salk believed that having unobstructed views of the beautiful coastal San Diego environs would inspire the creativity of the researchers working inside his labs. Today, visitors can also savor the sweeping vistas and stunning architecture during a self-guided tour (tickets are $7.50 and must be reserved online in advance). Start at the institute’s centerpiece, a pair of six-story structures flanking a light-filled courtyard, then explore the 29-building campus, designed by architect Louis Kahn to showcase the Salk’s oceanfront perch.