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Mission San Diego de Alcala

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The first of the 21 CA missions. The mission itself was beautiful and the front of the mission was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Vacaville, California
Nice old church

Quiet place to spend an hour. Historic place. Nice gardens. Small museum. Plenty of parking. Off... read more

Reviewed December 16, 2018
Dileep B
San Diego, California
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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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10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108-2498
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The first of the 21 CA missions. The mission itself was beautiful and the front of the mission was impressive especially from the street. Lots of parking available. Loved the unexpected archeological site and you can feel the history around you. Loved it!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 16, 2018

Quiet place to spend an hour. Historic place. Nice gardens. Small museum. Plenty of parking. Off the beaten track.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Dileep B
Reviewed December 11, 2018

History in person, amazing place to visit and go to mass. People are always friendly, but it can get packed in. Tip: arrive early and if possible park in the rear. Lower lot and drive gets full quick and masses are back-to-back.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank rickgonzales565
Reviewed November 15, 2018

It was beautiful and full of history as it was the first mission in nowadays California. Luckily the admission was free when we visited because there was a wedding taking place.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ryan H
Reviewed October 17, 2018

Beautiful example of the California missions, inside and out. If you visit on a sunny day, the startling white walls against a blue backdrop make for a gorgeous exterior visual.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

This was an amazing site in that it was the first mission started in California. The actual facility had been rebuild since it was burned and then used as a military fort. Some lovely pieces of 16th century furniture and beautiful courtyards.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank BiddyIrwin
Reviewed October 11, 2018

If you are Mission Hopping this is a great place to go. The history is amazing. I would try to go early in the morning as this is a popular place to have weddings. You wont regret your visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed September 9, 2018

Having visited quite a few of the California missions, this was a bit disappointing but nonetheless beautiful. The garden was very nice as was the church. We probably would have gotten more out of it if we had taken a tour or rented the audio...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JackofPBFL
Reviewed September 6, 2018

I was very surprised to visit this mission as it is the first mission. The ground was well preserved with a nice organized museum, excavation ground and beautiful gardens. It also has a room with furniture and display as in the old days. The ground...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank itcheetam
Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala is easily accessible with plenty of parking. There are stairs to get from the lower parking lot to the Mission but you can also park above. Additionally you can walk up the left side from the lower parking lot...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Sorry I don't know Here's the phone number (619) 281-8449
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Hello, I will be in San Diego during the last week in July for a business trip and will have only two full days to myself to really enjoy the city. I am staying in the Gaslamp Quarter and am on a small budget, so I am not really looking at going to museums of fun parks. I am more interested in relaxing and enjoying the city and the views. So far, I've been thinking of including Seaport Village, Harbor and Shelter Island, Cabrillo National Monument, Balboa Park and maybe Mission San Diego...More
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You're missing out on Coronado. Fortunately there is a ferry from downtown. That's the best place from which to admire SD's skyline. And defintely visit the famous hotel too.
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We are traveling in early November with a 3 year old and a 1.5 year old and would appreciate some feedback on this proposed itenerary...I think it may be too much, but we would like to do what we can while we are there: Day 1- flight arrives early so we have 1/2 a day - visit Balboa Park (Carousel, puppet theater, Railroad, Gardens, Pepper Grove Playground, and maybe Natural History, Air &Space, Veterans Museum. - Dinner and evening in Gaslamp Quarter- maybe some ice skating at...More
June 08, 2011|
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You don't say what day of the week you arrive, but keep in mind that during the winter months the Carousel and Miniature Train in Balboa Park are only open weekends and school holidays.