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Mission San Diego de Alcala

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Address: 10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108-2498
Phone Number: +1 619-281-8449
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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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This is a true treasure. I went for a memorial service and was so impressed with the facility and the Father that did the service. I look forward to going back on a Sunday.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a true treasure. I went for a memorial service and was so impressed with the facility and the Father that did the service. I look forward to going back on a Sunday.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

San Diego mission is the first one in California... The visit was good and we were inhered with the story that it brings along. The issue we had was that by the time we were ready to get inside the church, there was a casket right on the door for a funeral. Kids did not proceed forward and unfortunately we... More 

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very historic mission as we found out this was the first mission built in California by Fr. Sierra. Plenty of information is available on plaques and signs walking around the facility and grounds. A great place to stop and visit, especially for Catholics.

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Franklin Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Wish we had been in town longer and could have visited missions and churches. . This is the only one we made it to. Looked around outside. . The inside didn't look worth a fee or tour .. we peaked through the gate and at pics online. The outside was lovely with that classic mission look. I gather it's one... More 

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Lake Stevens, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

I expected a bigger crowd for this very interesting self-guided tour. The docent who greeted us in the gift shop had an obvious passion for the history of this compound and got us started off with enthusiasm. I really enjoyed the (active) church and the well-done displays and explanations.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Mission San Diego de Alcala is the first mission built and it's shows a lot of California history. However, it's on a hill, and they have not made much effort to make it ADA accessible. The two handicapped parking spots are at the bottom of 5 stairs with useless hand rails. This visit was a real challenge to enjoy safely.... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

This is the first mission of the 21 missions started by the Franciscan Father, Junipero Serra, all along the old Camino Real ( Royal Highway) or the route 1 or PCH all the way to San Francisco. The original one was destroyed by fire and replaced in an other area.

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Stockton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

My son did a report on this mission in fourth grade and made a model as well. He was quite excited and inquisitive about the mission as we walked around. It is basically 100% accessible and very well maintained. It was a bit difficult finding the mission by road as the signs are well faded or missing.

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Ladson, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

read about this in Fodor's travel book. Self guided tour. Very interesting. They are still digging for archaeological remnants.

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

I love learning about the history of our state as well as the city. We can all learn a lot from visiting any Mission, and possibly gain appreciation for what our people went through and sacrificed for others.

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