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Cabrillo National Monument

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
619-557-5450
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Ranked #15 of 237 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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Chelmsford
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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Worth a drive, and the $5 fee, to get to this place. As well as the museum, monument and lighthouse, you get amazing views right across to the city and then on the other side the ocean! Simply the best views you will get of San Diego.

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garrison, ny
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to visit to see panoramic views. It was so gorgeous and not crowded at all! Definitely a memorable place.

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Richfield, Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is a spot to go to really take in the city view of San Diego, and also of the ocean and even Mexico. Pretty impressive. Outside of that, not a lot to do here but it's only a $5 entrance and pretty easy to get to.

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Washington, DC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We come here every few months. So beautiful and a great reminder of how stunning this city is. Never disappoints!

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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The Cabrillo National Monument has an excellent museum of early California and maritime history. The lighthouse is a gem and if you are lucky enough to come when it is open for climbing to the top it is an added treat. The views to both the ocean and over the San Diego harbor are unobstructed and beautiful. There is also... More

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Bradford, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

As first time visitors to the San Diego area, I was glad we received tips from family and friends to make the drive down to the Cabrillo National Monument. It has spectacular views of downtown San Deigo and surrounding areas. Walk across the road and take in the Pacific Ocean in all its glory.This is a must- see if you... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

The monument is nice, but the view is incredibly magnificent overlooking the San Diego harbor. In the distance you can see the port with amazing ships, bring your binoculars and camera.

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Long Beach, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Drive through Fort Rosecrans cemetery before arriving at Cabrillo National Monument. Toured the visitors center, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and the tide pools. Beautiful views of the San Diego skyline and surrounding area. TIP: If you have a handicap parking placard, you can drive up to the lighthouse rather than walk up the hill.

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Silver City, N.M.
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

A bit of a drive takes you to the beautiful tip of Point Loma and the Cabrillo National Monument. Great views of the San Diego skyline, Coronado Island and the Pacific from various spots. Nice visitors center w/educational exhibits and a gift shop. The Tide Pools below are great AT LOW TIDE. Check the tide charts if the shore and... More

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Annandale, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This location is not only interesting on a historical level, it offers fantastic views of the ocean, downtown San Diego, Coronado Island, and the Mexican hills at a distance. Learned a lot about history and loved the different vantage points. The tide pools are also something fun to do with the kids. Great day out.

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