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Cabrillo National Monument

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
619-557-5450
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Ranked #13 of 220 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: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful place to go for a couple of hours. Take a few pictures, walk on the trails, just relax and let the busy world be hushed for a while. The views of the ocean and San Diego are great. We only spent about 2 hours, but it was a time that was well spent.

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Amherst, New York
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a must do for the panoramic view of the San Diego area! The lighthouse is interesting for all ages as there are little rooms decorated in vintage style on the way up to the top. When the whales are returning to Baja, this is a great place for watching them. There is a video that can be viewed... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

June and July marine layers make for a less than picture -perfect view. But, with a 300+mm lens, capturing takeoffs from NAS North Island are at a great angle.

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Redmond, Washington
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I think that this is the best view of San Diego and Tijuana. This is where the Spanish first set foot in California.

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Portland, Oregon
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We used to live in Orange County and travelled around CA quite a bit. We stumbled across Cabrillo National Monument during a recent trip to visit family. What a great spot! We didn't get to the tide pools but heard they are wonderful. The lighthouse and surrounding area are very pretty and a nice spot for a couple hours. I... More

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Hamden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Cabrillo National Monument has the best view in southern California. It does however close at 5:00 PM since 911

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Houston, Texas
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This monument is part of the same place as point loma and the light house. You have to drive through the naval base to see it but it's a straight shot. Bring a jacket and plenty of space on your camera.

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American Fork, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The tide pools were interesting but it was hard to find parking. The lighthouse was interesting. We enjoyed walking around the area. I recommend that you take binoculars. We were able to watch sea lions when we were walking the trail around the tide pools.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The Rangers on duty were exceptional. They were knowledgable and passionate about this monument. The park itself was interesting and we enjoyed the time we spent here. There was a bunker open to the public and it was exciting to go under ground. Check the website before going, if this is something you are interested in, because they are not... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We truly enjoyed our time here. There are sweeping views of San Diego, the harbor, the military base, etc. Very beautiful. Fun stop.

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