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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 #36 of 245 Attractions in San Diego
Type: Missions, Cultural
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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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Eastvale, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

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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73 reviews 73 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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556 reviews 556 reviews
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122 helpful votes 122 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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San Diego, California
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45 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I have been visiting this mission since 1948. It has a magical quality to it that is hard to describe. As the first mission established in what is now California it is the fount of western civilization in California. It also functions as an active parish church with a thriving congregation so visitors are advised that access may be limited... More

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Manhattan Beach, California
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147 reviews 147 reviews
54 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Ahhhhh. What a charming mission this is! The first mission in Southern California, founded in 1769 by Junipero Serra. I snapped some incredible postcard quality photos out front before even stepping inside where I was greeted by such a pleasant and helpful woman in the gift shop. It was such a sweltering hot day in San Diego I actually had... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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102 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the mission and make it a habit to see at least one Mission everytime we travel to California. We loved the Courtyard area with all it's well taken care of plants. We love the history of the place and took a number of pictures too. The gift shop is nice and we always find a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

It is the oldest, so there's that, but there's not a great deal to see at this Mission, I recommend heading to the Presidio first and seeing where the first mission lied, this mission was actually like the fourth attempt i think, so seeing previous sights will help you understand the fuller picture. We attended mass at the church and... More

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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

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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Copenhagen, Denmark
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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