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Mission San Juan Bautista

San Juan Bautista, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Missions, State Parks, Cultural
Activities: Picnicking
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Type: Missions, State Parks, Cultural
Activities: Picnicking
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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San Rafael, California
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181 reviews 181 reviews
60 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 NEW

One of the better California Missions. It's been very well preserved. The church itself is quite beautiful. A scene from Hitchock's "Vertigo" was filmed here, but apparently they faked the bell tower scene with a set in Hollywood. Oh well, it looked real.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

One can spend at least 2 hours in and around this stunning piece of history. It needs your support and certainly gives you insight into the strength of religion all those years ago to support the community. Great artifacts to view, stunning feeling of God's presence and influence in the Mission. Great photo opportunities. Visit the inside of the mission... More 

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San Francisco, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This is the fifth mission we have visited. In comparison, this was definitely not the grandest, but it did have its own charm. It's a great stop if you are on your way to Pinnacle National Park, which was exactly what we did. Remember to check out the sign that marks the original route of El Camino Real..

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Calgary, Canada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The Mission lies adjacent to the State Park, but is not part of it. Admission is inexpensive (I believe $3, like the State Park). We did not find the written guide particularly helpful. If one has an interest in historical missions, it is worth a look. Even if you are not too interested in such places it is not a... More 

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

One of several Spanish missions we have visited. Unusual in that it sits only a few yards from the San Andreas fault. There is a lovely view of a nearby valley from the grounds, and a walking path along the fault line. the day we visited, a wedding was about to begin, so we cut our visit short.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We were staying in Monterey and drove down to San Juan Bautista. This was well worth the 45 minute drive. The Mission is absolutely stunning with beautiful garden and a nice gift shop. I would highly recommend! Note: If you wish to light a candle for a loved one, you need to purchase in the gift shop and take to... More 

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Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This mission has survived multiple earthquakes (the San Andreas fault runs through the courtyard), but is a beautiful peaceful spot

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Menlo Park, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

historic and beautiful with a great Christams show in December. We liked the church, grounds and california history.

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San Bernardino, California
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168 reviews 168 reviews
73 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

After watching many of the California's Gold series about the California missions, we make it a point to try and visit all of the missions. Despite visiting the Monterey area many times, we never visited the San Juan Bautista Mission. There is a State Park adjacent to the Mission with other historic buildings. While there are many similarities among the... More 

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Washoe Valley
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This mission and the surrounding town feels as if they have been frozen in time. The mission itself is lovely. The view over the valley is lovely and very peaceful. A funeral was being held in the church while we were there and that brought the past into the present. it is an active mission although it is rooted in... More 

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