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Mission San Diego de Alcala

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Address: 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Phone Number: 619-281-8449
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Description: Located in the Mission Valley section of San Diego, this historic mission...
Located in the Mission Valley section of San Diego, this historic mission was founded by Father Junipero Serra, who started a string of 21 missions along the California coast.
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A Step Into History

The Mission SD de Alcala is a beautiful and unassuming mission...it is the very first mission built in California when Spanish explorers came from Spain. The grounds are lovely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Encinitas, California
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The Mission SD de Alcala is a beautiful and unassuming mission...it is the very first mission built in California when Spanish explorers came from Spain. The grounds are lovely, as is the church and is very well kept...love and care. A wonderful place for photography as the light shines into the courtyard, through ancient wooden doors, and the sky seems... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

It's so peaceful and calm there! The Mission is up kept beautifully and the paint work is so well done! The historical pieces were great to look at, the staff was very friendly and super helpful. They have an area called Casa de los Padres- House of the Fathers (Priests) where it shows how that space would have looked like... More 

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San Diego, California
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Small, but nice mission. I have been to better. Of course, they are all gorgeous and a great way to experience San Diego history.

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Ottawa, Canada
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37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I had extra time in California, and decided to do the Mission Trail. I started with San Diego de Alcala - we hopped in the car, drove over, parked, and arrived in the church just in time for communion! I hadn't even realized it was Sunday morning! This mission is both beautiful and quaint. The large pepper trees were a... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The old mission provides visitors a historic glimpse of how austere the lifestyles were in the 1700's. This, the first established in California, is very scenic with its preserved artifacts and the garden courtyard. A Must See

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Belle Mead, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

An interesting piece of history not far from San Diego good for religious and non-religious alike. The grounds are beautiful and for $5 admission you can spend a leisurely hour or so exploring and looking at historical pieces and information. I'd recommend it for kid and adults alike.

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We have visited several other missions in AZ and NM so thought we'd check it out. This one certainly had it own charm and history. The gift store staff was very pleasant and helpful. There's not a whole lot of ground to cover on the self-guided tour but we found the architecture and history quite interesting.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I have been here several times and I am always taken with how peaceful this church is. I enjoy history so this is a special spot from that point of view, but it is also a lovely religious site. The church itself is not massive like the great cathedrals of Europe, but the scale of it, and the simple decorations... More 

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Sedona, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This is the oldest mission in California. It is beautifully restored and cared for; the self-guided tour is easy to follow. The gardens are gorgeous and each corner offers something to see and learn. Lovely gift shop

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The influx of europeans was facilitated by the establishment of a string of mission along the California coast. This one in San Diego is the furthest south. Each of the mission to the north are spaced for an easy days ride. The missions are still active and in use.

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Additional Information about Mission San Diego de Alcala

Address: 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Phone Number: 619-281-8449
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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