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Mission San Miguel Arcangel

Mission Street, San Miguel, CA
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Ranked #1 of 14 attractions in San Miguel
Type: Missions
Description: This mission was founded among the Salinas Indians, who inhabited the area in the 1700's.
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Los Angeles, California
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198 reviews 198 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We stopped at five missions over a five day trip. Mission San Miguel is wonderful to explore and photograph. It is worth a stop.

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Western Colorado
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Staying in Paso Robles in order to visit the Hearst Castle and do a wine country jeep tour and discovered the nearby attraction of this enticing mission. There also happened to be some geocaches hidden nearby as well that drew us quickly. We were so pleased to discover this authentic living piece of early California history and the easy donation... More

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San Francisco, California
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81 attraction reviews
304 helpful votes 304 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Mission San Miguel is almost entirely original, unlike most of the other surviving 20 California Missions. The paintings in the interior or absolutely original, and are amazingly beautiful. You have to go to Mexico to see anything this authentic. It is easy to get to. Access is just off the north-south U.S. Highway 101 freeway. It is definitely worth a... More

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

San Miguel mission seems like the least restored of the missions that are open for tours in California. I first saw this in the 1970s on the train from San Francisco to LA - and while we were visiting, the Amtrack rolled by. Even thought it seems rustic, the church has been very effectively repaired from an earthquake several years... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Having seen 20 of the 21 missions, I have to say this is one of my favorites. The self guided tour is excellent and provides the history of the mission and it's people without getting into so much detail as to bore the youngsters. A great stop!

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Palo Alto, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Mission San Miguel is my favorite! And I have visited 19 California Missions. It is not the largest, but it has all the original decorations and frescos from the Mission days, not recreations. The paintings on the wall are beautiful, it even has the original ceiling! You really feel like you are stepping back in time when you visit. It... More

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San Diego, CA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We stopped off on our way back from Mission San Antonio de Padua. Not as big as some of the other missions we've seen but really nice. The museum and self-guided tour were great. My 4th grader played narrator for us through the whole tour. The cemetary was interesting as well - love the old style headstones/markers.

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103 reviews 103 reviews
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

This mission is No 16 of the 21 missions that were built from the modern day frontier with Mexico to San Francisco. It is situated on the outskirts of a small town and tells its own story of the hardships that faced the Franciscans who tried to convert the local Indian population. The mission church, built in the Spanish style,... More

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Oroville, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

I found out about this mission from my dad. I looked it up online, and all I saw were pictures of the old bell tower, and some statues. I read that it was destroyed in an earthquake, so I thought there was nothing else here. It was on the way though, so we decided to stop and check it out,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

Loved the authentic Mission San Miguel Arcangel. Out of all the Missions along California this is my favorite. I go every time I am driving on the 101. This Mission is in a very small town, and is constantly being maintained by this wonderful community. Although it is lesser known, it is wonderful that it is in situ. Go through... More

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