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Mission San Juan Bautista

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Address: San Juan Bautista, CA
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Picnicking

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This is a quaint little town overlooking an agricultural area. It's worth the stop along the way to Monterey. I'm a movie buff, so I always think of Hitchcock's "Vertigo" when I'm... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Fresno, Ca
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Fresno, Ca
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111 reviews 111 reviews
34 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is a quaint little town overlooking an agricultural area. It's worth the stop along the way to Monterey. I'm a movie buff, so I always think of Hitchcock's "Vertigo" when I'm here. It was my friend's first visit to the mission, and she was as excited as an Elementary School student on their first field trip!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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143 reviews 143 reviews
31 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Be careful when you go that you don't accidentally enter the mission grounds through the back gate. We had to park on the other side of the school due to so many cars in town that day. As we walked past the school we saw a little archway that said Rectory and made our way through it. Turns out this... More 

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Turlock, California
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133 reviews 133 reviews
63 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I was so happy to finally see my first mission. It's so neat to look at all the old items the buildings. The church is so awe inspiring.

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Banning, Ca
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244 reviews 244 reviews
122 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Visited here on our way home, this is part of our California Mission tours. Saw 4 missions on this trip. this is A very large mission in great shape. Decorated for Christmas in the main sanctuary. They have a very large museum that shows history of the Mission. Still a active church.

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San Rafael, California
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187 reviews 187 reviews
62 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

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
17 helpful votes 17 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
31 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
25 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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minneapolis
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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