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Carmel Mission

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Address: 3080 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-9144
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+1 831-624-1271
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$99.00*
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Monterey Bay and Carmel-by-the-Sea Day Tour from San Francisco
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Private Drive of Monterey, 17 Mile Drive, and Carmel
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Who really shaped the West?

United States history contains more factual stories than most may care to hear. Yet they are vital to our understanding of the US in the 21st Century. "How was the West won?" is a... read more

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Georgetown, Texas
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Georgetown, Texas
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

United States history contains more factual stories than most may care to hear. Yet they are vital to our understanding of the US in the 21st Century. "How was the West won?" is a stimulating question. Exploring and discovering some of the answers is exciting and rewarding. The Carmel Mission holds some great insight to answers of that question. Not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed the beach and then moved on to this mission. It's got a nice fountain and with the flowers there are many photo opportunites.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Mission is one of the many developed by Fra Junipero Serra, who is actually buried beneath the right side of the altar. Don't miss the side rooms, with displays of old statuesand vestments. Also, the grounds have aloe vera "trees" or "bushes". When we were there it was flowering, (January) with a number of hummingbirds in attendance. Look close... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Over the years I have visited a number of California missions. This one stands out to me as visiting in time truly transfers you in time. A whole complex of world long past.

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Thank RobN385
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic Mexican style Catholic Church from the 18th century and certainly worth a visit to see the relics from the first settlements in Carmel

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My first visit to an old mission in California, this attraction proved to be worthwhile. Not too crowded, you have time to walk around and see the church and learn a little bit of history about the mission system in old California.

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North Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church and it's ground is historical and a nice short visit. The drive to the church is amazing along the coastline. Great landscaping and I enjoyed the solemn mass on Christmas day.

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Sunnyvale, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Even just pulling up and seeing the mission is lovely even if you don't pay the admission to go inside. Very picturesque.

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Anaheim, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Learn the history of how the missions helped develop California and enjoy the beauty of the grounds, the art and the church. Visit doesn't need to take long to enjoy and it is worth visiting and taking the self-guided tour to learn and enjoy. To understand and appreciate how California was developed and its relationship with Mexico and Spain visiting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

This is a lovely church and the grounds are very pretty. It was nice to walk through and see the museum and learn about the history of the mission, especially St. Junipero Serra. The gift shop was well stocked-- and very busy right after Mass!

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