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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My son and I had a great time at the mission. We laughed we prayed in the beautiful church even though we are not chatholic. You can feel the history. Loved every minute of it. I think him and I are going to try and go to each mission. The ladies in the little store where very nice and helpful.

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Castaic, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We try to visit a California mission each time we visit a different area in the state. We were a little disappointed in this mission. It is kept in historical deterioration. The displays are nice, but not anything special. We were impressed with the church sanctuary itself since it is kept as original as possible. Drive a few miles north... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Have driven by the Mission many times, we made the stop this time. What a beautiful well preserved original California mission. Instead of being "updated", San Miguel retains the look and feel of the 1700's and 1800's. Even the outside property gives one the feel of life during earlier days. The property is all on one level so it was... More

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Los Angeles, California
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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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104 reviews 104 reviews
52 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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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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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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torrance
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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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30 helpful votes 30 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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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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