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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 221 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We had some time before our flight left San Diego for one more attraction and we decided to go to Cabrillo National Monument. The views are amazing, the information on lighthouses interesting, and the kids loved the tide pools. Another reason to love the San Diego area.

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Palmdale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

When you stand on the tip of the land that juts out into the Pacific and you see the Navy carriers and support ships you think of the 2nd World War. The sails on the ocean brings thoughts of Cabillo's sailing ship nosing its way into the unexplored harbor of San Diego. Plenty of parking, great views but the gift... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

It's worth the drive over to Crabillo National Monument just for the views. There's a $5 park fee to enter which by the time you get there you aren't going to turn back. The drive there with the Naval Cemetery on either side is just as interesting and more poignant than the monument.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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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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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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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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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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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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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