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Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

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Address: 751 Palm St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone Number: 805-781-8220
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Description: Founded on September 1, 1772, this is considered one of the most beautiful...
Founded on September 1, 1772, this is considered one of the most beautiful missions in California and still serves as an active church in the community.
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A Serendipitous Find!

This stop was not on out agenda, but we were so glad to have found it. The museum was so interesting and we were treated to the noon bells being rung from the bell tower. Would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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Covington, GA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Pleasantly surprised to learn of and experience touring the museum. Enjoyed reading the info, looking at so many of the pictures displayed throughout and viewing the historical artifacts. The historical bell located in the gardens was a plus

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Methow, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This stop was not on out agenda, but we were so glad to have found it. The museum was so interesting and we were treated to the noon bells being rung from the bell tower. Would definitely recommend, along with the great trail walk along the creek.

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Yucaipa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This mission is easily located in downtown SLO. The building is in great shape given its age (built in the late 1700's) and is well maintained by the parish. While we were there we were able to take pictures from the outside but there was a church service in progress and we couldn't go inside. A trip to central California... More 

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Victoria, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The whole mission is a nice experience. The chapel is very special and the museum within the mission is very nicely done. We spent more time there than we expected to. The gardens are beautiful.

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South Jersey
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65 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The church is in wonderful condition. But most of the mission was closed and there was a road right down the middle of the mission. A few rooms were open for viewing. The garden was small. I do believe that there are plans to reconstruct the entire area and make it into destination. Even having many events and reenactors.

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I've been to many of the California missions and do not consider this one -- the fifth to be founded (1772) -- to be a standout. Based on mission history in the state, however, I think it is worth visiting if in the San Luis Obispo neighborhood. Downtown San Luis Obispo itself is charming and fun to stroll through. The... More 

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Chino Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

We've been here before and on our vacation this time we decided to come back and visit. I love the historic look the mission has and how you can walk around and see the history.

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Carlsbad, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

This is a great place to walk through. Good displays, gardens and open beautiful church. Take some time to enjoy it!

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Vacaville, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We didn't tour the whole place...looks like it is well maintained. Church service was going on when we got there, so we couldn't tour the sanctuary.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

A must see, especially if you are visiting all the Missions. And the outdoor "plaza" area has beautiful flowers, a working "BBQ" area, wishing well, and their old bells in 3 different keys, very nice slice of history.

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