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Mission San Diego de Alcala

10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108
619-281-8449
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Ranked #38 of 231 attractions in San Diego
Type: Missions
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Long Beach, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit. well set up for self tour - all the signs, etc were very helpful. We really learned a great deal about the importance of this mission to the history of our state

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The Netherlands
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We went at the mission on Sunday morning. It is very easy to reach thanks to the trolley. The garden adjacent to the church is beautiful and the church itself very nice. We stayed over for the mass and I'm glad we did because the choir of the mission is worth the trip (they sing only at the 12:00 mass).... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

2 adults 1-8year old. Being from Texas and growing up with the Alamo and La Bahia I was interested in learning about California's first mission and the history with it and how it helped shape San Diego. The self guided map outlines the path suggested to visit the mission and while it is not a large area to explore the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I am an avid contemplator of religious art and architecture; raised Catholic we got to enjoy art and mass as children. My sons 4th grade project in 2010 stirred up interest in visiting Missions his mission of choice was Mission San Gabriel and as a treat he, his dad and I visited the 17th Mission San Fernando Mission- San Diego... More

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San Diego, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
32 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The Mission is a special place, given that it was the birthplace of Christianity in the far West and founded in 1769. It remains an active parish. We also visited other mission churches in San Diego on this day, but this one stood out. At the time of our visit an event was in progress and, as we stood in... More

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Dallas, Texas
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116 reviews 116 reviews
66 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This mission is well maintained and should be visited if you are interested in California Spanish mission history. They still conduct services here and there is a gift shop.

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Kirkcaldy
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We took the trolley from Old Town to Mission San Diego and walked in 90 degree heat to the Mission itself. We were warmly greeted and give our map of the buildings and grounds. The place is so spiritual and tranquil. We were pleased to visit the 1st mission having visited the one in Santa Barbara 11years earlier. The gardens... More

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Vienna, Virginia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
15 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I'm not a church person, but I love the beauty and simplicity of this place. Nice flowers and plant life. The bright white mission against the bright blue sky always makes for nice photos.

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Laguna Hills, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This Mission is beautiful and it is amazing how well they take are of the grounds. When walking through the Mission and look at its history it really gives you a greater appreciation of San Diego greater understanding of how difficult times were before we had cars, air conditioning, advanced medicine, etc. Plan to stay at least a couple hours... More

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Seattle, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

This is a beautiful mission right in San Diego. It gives a nice history of the area and the missions. It's not too much of a time commitment and so I would highly recommend a visit.

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