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Cabrillo National Monument

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
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Ranked #13 of 231 Attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Drive to the top and take in the spectacular view of both the San Diego Bay and the Pacific ocean. There is a lot of ship activity to watch as they move in and out of the bay. The tide-pool area is also quite lovely, but you need good shoes to climb around the rocks. I didn't hike, but there... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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315 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

The views here are astounding, the monument itself is very interesting, and the exhibit at the visitor center is very informative and holds your interest. There are many other interesting things to see there, too--a light house, military barracks, and exhibits for both.

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Sunny Detroit
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The surrounding area and beautiful ocean views is what really makes this special in our opinion. There is an area for kids to explore sea life and the walk in the surrounding area includes some breathtaking views.

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San Diego, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This monument is at the tip of Pt Loma which provides amazing views of downtown, Coronado, the San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This is a park that has great hiking trails with access to the bay side and the ocean side with stunning views all around. This is a must see stop when you visit San Diego or... More

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Phoenix, AZ
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27 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was such a nice surprise. I found it on Groupon (the Groupon didn't work, but it got us to the park-LOL). Only $5 per car and a nice view of the area, the lighthouse and the museum. We took the hike down the hill, which wasn't as bad as it looked because the path was very gradual and well... More

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Houston, Texas
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34 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It is out of the way but worth driving to in order to see the lighthouse. There's a sign that says "tide pools" but on the day we were there, there weren't any.

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San Diego, California
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I visited San Diego about 5 times, never made it to Cabrillo. I moved to San Diego recently, and while getting my bearings, ran into this stunning place. Point Loma is a great area, and just getting to the Monument is scenic. For $5.00 per car, this is also a huge bargain. Once there, walk around and see the visitor's... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We only had a short time in San Diego, so we decided to drive the Scenic Highway and go to the Cabrillo Monument and take in the magnificent views of San Diego and the shoreline. It was lovely! We also saw the lighthouse nearby. Lots of history to learn about and then a short drive to the airport and we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is a National Park that I had never been to before, even while living in San Diego for 2 years. The visitor center was under construction while we were visiting, but they have done a very nice job with providing a visitor center in another building and re-arranging some things. I didn't feel as if my visit was diminished... More

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Green Harbor, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This national monument is definitely worth the scenic drive. It gives a panoramic view of San Diego.

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