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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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Grand Junction, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
36 helpful votes 36 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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99 reviews 99 reviews
57 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Thousand Oaks, California
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203 reviews 203 reviews
110 attraction reviews
257 helpful votes 257 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

This mission has one of the prettiest set of mission bells, looks like something from a movie. The rustic fences, gates, etc. are all beautiful. You can tour part of the mission as well as the church. They also have a small cemetery and a park attached that we saw some people at having picnics. They have a small gift... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

When my family and I pulled up to the mission, the first thing we noticed is the quiet and spooky stillness of the property. We continued to explore the property, awed by its authentic presence and preservation. The grounds and mission rooms made me feel like I jumped back in time 300 hundred years. I highly recommend taking the tour,... More

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Paso Robles, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

I've been to several of the original Spanish Missions in California, but this one is my favorite. I guess it's because it's sprawling and just has that old western flavor. Can't really explain it. It was damaged by a big earthquake a few years ago, mainly the chapel, but they retrofitted it and reopened it for services. I look at... More

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