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Mission San Diego de Alcala

Address: 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Phone Number: 619-281-8449
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Ranked #29 of 216 Attractions in San Diego
Type: Missions, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Located in the Mission Valley section of San Diego, this historic mission was founded by Father...
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Type: Missions, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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.

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San Diego, California
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96 reviews 96 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The campus is a working parish church located in the east end of Mission Valley. There is just enough of the flavor of the mission era around to give visitors a feeling for what it must have been like prior to secularization in the 1820's. I've been visiting this mission now for over 60 years.

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south carolina
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168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This mission is so lovely and the staff so helpful. This is California's first mission so it's very historical. Make sure you see the small museum to see before and after photos as well as many artifacts. This place is a bit off the beaten path but its well worth a visit. The gardens are lovely with beautiful various plants.... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I would love to take a California vacation that revolved around visiting as many of the missions as possible. This mission in particular is exceptionally beautiful. With wonderful people to point you in the right direction. It is quiet and peaceful. A bit off the beaten path but well worth a look if you have the time.

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Seattle, Washington
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63 reviews 63 reviews
40 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Decided to go to the Mission which I read about before booking my trip. After catching the Green Line Trolley to San Diego Mission, I walked the few blocks to the entrance of the mission. There were hardly any cars in the parking lot. I walked up the stairs and stood in front of this very long building with various... More 

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Fort Worth,Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

California's historic chain of 21 Roman Catholic missions starts at San Diego de Alcala--the 1st Christian church in California. The beautiful grounds are highlighted gardens and old sanctuary. An active parish, services are available throughout the week.

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San Pedro, CA
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26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I stopped here for Saturday evening Mass so did not get a chance to see all of the grounds. However, the church itself has been very nicely restored, and has a lovely serene interior. The church organ also sounds amazing.

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Eastvale, California
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This was our second stop of the California Missions and it was peaceful. They have a lovely garden to the left of the church that is serene. There is also the excavation that shows where some of the original walls and floors were. The church itself is rustic and wonderful. It is definitely something to see when you are in... More 

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Moreno Valley, California
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23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This is a treat for California history buffs. Mission San Diego de Acala is the first in the mission system. It's located near Qualcomm Stadium, so it's hard to imagine what the area looked like back in the 1700's when it was first erected. Still, as you walk through the mission grounds, you feel a sense of history. The mission... More 

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146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The reason San Diego exists today! This picturesque Mission is a must visit if you want to learn about the real history of America's Finest City!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Inside of church is not a wow factor for me but the building and grounds and landscaping were very nice and very photogenic!

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