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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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We have been there twice--once last month and once a few years ago. This time we went on a Sunday so didn't go into the chapel as Mass was being said. Still, it was lovely to sit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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118 reviews 118 reviews
29 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

We have been there twice--once last month and once a few years ago. This time we went on a Sunday so didn't go into the chapel as Mass was being said. Still, it was lovely to sit in the garden and listen to the responsive singing. And the flowers were breathtaking. There are a series of busts of the founders... More 

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Gilroy, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

They have mass twice a day one in English and one in Spanish. They give a good sense of what life was like for the missionaries.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Lots of tropical plants adorn this spread out, well manicured location. They've got a detailed timeline and markup of the history of this mission and the others after it. As a museum it is a peaceful, beautiful location. It also has an active Catholic community, so be mindful of this as you tour that it is a place of worship.... More 

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Indio, California
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62 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This was the first of the 21 Missions . The history is fascinating as to why they were built and their purpose for the future. You will see the original site and the restored site which you can tour. The church is fascinating in the way it is built. A great garden with some interesting plants and statues. Be sure... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

It doesn't take much time to tour this mission. There is a small gift shop and magical courtyards. Definitely pop your head into the church!

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The Mission San Diego De Acala in Mission Valley and San Luis Rey in Oceanside are two gems to visit to help get firsthand knowledge and an authentic feel for our remarkable history!

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Brooklyn, Ohio
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This attraction is a bit out of the way from the San Diego typical attractions, but it is well worth a short deviation from the Bay. I was able to Uber here and back with under a 5-minute wait for a pick-up. The mission is just $5 to get in and the audio guide an additional $3-5. You can enter... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The cliche of stepping back in time seems to work here. The landscaping is lush and the historic mission building is compelling.

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San Diego, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Recently family visited my wife and I and during their stay we explored Mission San Diego d Alcala. While it's certainly not the first destination on many visitor's lists of must-sees in San Diego I highly recommend it to anyone who is a) local or b) has any interest in California history. Not only is Alcala the first of the... More 

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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My husband & I visited Mission San Diego de Alcala on the Thursday prior to Easter 2015. We were so happy we took the time to visit California's 1st mission (founded in 1769). It wasn't very busy that day, so we took our time (about 1 1/2 to 2 hrs) to learn about & take in the history of this... More 

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