When most Americans are asked to name their favorite national park, they might mention Yellowstone, Zion, Yosemite, or the Grand Canyon. Yet not all national parks focus on outstanding natural beauty and the outdoor environment. This first-rate national park is an example of a national park that focuses on culture, history, and important events.
Old Spanish missions dot the southwestern part of the United States, and the examples that are part of this park are in various stages of repair or rebuilding. The four missions in this park are connected by a walking/biking trail (but be careful, because part of the trail may be underwater or under repair). Some of the missions still have congregations and regular masses, while others have only a few walls remaining.
I visited Mission San Jose first because it's the largest restored mission and the facilities include a brief but informative movie and regular tours led by park rangers. This set the stage for visiting the other missions.
If you're a history buff, give yourself at least 4-6 hours to visit all of the missions.
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