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Mission San Juan Bautista

San Juan Bautista, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Missions, State Parks
Activities: Picnicking
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Dublin, Ireland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

We arrived to late to visit the museum or church but the buildings and setting are fantastic. very atmospheric. Glad we saw it!

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Los Angeles, California
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181 reviews 181 reviews
38 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We visited five missions in five days and this was one of them. Every mission has its own flavor and unique characteristics. Mission San Juan Bautista was well worth a visit.

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San Jose, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I have been visiting San Juan Bautista since 1990 and it never gets "old" - apart from its chronological age! Great place to step back in time and imagine what life was like when the missions formed a trail through California.

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Houston, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We took a side trip from our stay in Monterey to visit this old mission and had a great experience. The views are very photo friendly and the locations around the mission put you right into old California.

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San Francisco, California
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280 reviews 280 reviews
66 attraction reviews
276 helpful votes 276 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

If you've enjoyed the old Hitchcock film "Vertigo," you've seen Mission San Juan Bautista. The one in the movie has been photoshopped to include a nonexistent tower, but the original is itself beautiful and well worth a visit. Don't miss the mission cloister garden -- it's one of the loveliest in the entire chain of California missions. The town of... More

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San Jose
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The mission is set in a bucolic little town with the same name (San Juan Bautista). The mission is one of my favorites because of the geology, the location, the rustic nature of the buildings and the general layout of the mission with respect to the town that has been built around it. They often have events here that only... More

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Livermore, CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The mission boasts the biggest mission church in the state, a beautiful garden, breathtaking view, an original piece of the El Camino Real, and great artifacts. An easily navigable trip through time, perfect for a family learning experience. For a $4.00 entry fee, it's a deal!

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Napa, California
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105 reviews 105 reviews
30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Liked the isolation and layers of history in a really small and little known place along the way...This could be Norman Bates country.

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Mariposa, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

for my kids birthday this was part of the present. We had a lot of fun and she found out a lot of interesting things about the mission and how things were done. There was a wedding that started when we were almost finished with our tour and we were blown away with how pretty it was with the wedding... More

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Santa Monica, California
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196 reviews 196 reviews
38 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

I've visited all 21 alta California missions and San Juan Bautista ranks very high on my list of best mission visits. Today the mission is set in a state park with outer secular buildings that date from the 19th century. These sites are nice to visit if you have extra time. The mission itself is very well preserved and boasts... More

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