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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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Washoe Valley
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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Fremont, California
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705 reviews 705 reviews
348 attraction reviews
685 helpful votes 685 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The historic mission San Juan Bautista was one of four established by Fr. Lasuen in the summer of 1797 and the fifteenth of the twenty-one missions in Alta, California. It is the centerpiece of this historic town - a town interesting to visit for its historical buildings, antique stores, history and restaurants. We enjoy visiting the grounds here, the museum,... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

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
37 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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299 reviews 299 reviews
79 attraction reviews
293 helpful votes 293 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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