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Cabrillo National Monument

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
619-557-5450
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As featured in 3 days in San Diego
Ranked #13 of 215 attractions in San Diego
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Hiking, Whale watching
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Stately monument honoring Cabrillo, discoverer of San Diego Bay, is located in Point Loma that overlooks the city and the Bay.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
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Hamburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Prior to going, did not know that you passed thru a naval reserve. You don't actually go on to the reserve, it's on either side of the road and there is a $5 per car fee to enter the park. Your ticket is good for return visits for 1 week. The hike to the tide pools is moderate; I would... More

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Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The park and monument are extremely well done! Lots of interesting history to check out in the exhibits - I learned a lot about Cabrillo, who I didn't even know of before my trip to San Diego. The views from the monument are pretty breathtaking also. The military flair is cool as well, including the interactive exhibits demonstrating how the... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We were driving along the coast and thought we would stop in. Can't go wrong with a national park or monument. The view of San Diego and Coronado alone is worth the visit! You can see the entire city and the island. It really puts the place in perspective. And it provides much interesting information about the history of the... More

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Houston, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The monument was easy to get too and on the day I went National Park access was free. It was a clear day and I could see over the bay and back into San Diego. The monument was well accessed and the infrastructure was complete with movies and a gift shop.

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Northport, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I came here as a kid and I remembered the view but, not the name (a helpful waiter told us). The view is spectacular and it is not to be missed!

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

There is plenty of parking and it is a short walk to the monument. From here there are a number of great spots to take impressive photos. It is worth the drive here if you are in San Diego. There were a number of families who were enjoying a picnic lunch up here.

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Edmonton
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Good views of downtown San Diego, harbor area and a good visitors center. Also good ocean views - scenic drive on the ay there.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

San Diego history starts here and captivates the history buff who enjoys lighthouses as a special feature. The view of San Diego and the mountains is spectacular . It is a national Park that allows for you to roam all the way down to the tide pools.

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san Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Cabrillo monument offers a rich historical side of San Diego.The museum is complete with a movie and photos.The lighthouse is worth the short hike.During the right season whale watching is a must.Make sure to stop by the tidepools at the bottom of the hill for some great ocean views.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Living here for forty years, we have seen many changes. A lot for the better for tourists. History buffs should not miss this, I have ten placesI think we should promote more, not less. This is in my top five. Historical, breath taking View across the city.

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