We (my wife and I) were driving from Anaheim to San Diego and decided we wanted to stop and see one of the old missions - and this one was convenient (not very far off I-5).
I wasn't sure what to expect but what we found were wonderfully restored grounds, original "ruins", beautiful lanscaping, period recreations, helpful staff and lots of information covering everything you'd want to know.
You can go at your own pace, see what you want, skip what you don't.. There are rooms showing what life was like when this was a family hacienda, artifacts from the mission's early years and a chapel as well. I haven't even mentioned how nice the gardens are..
In addition, it's near the center of town so finding a place to eat or visiting some of the quirky shops nearby is quite easy. Also, although we drove down, I noticed that the train station was within walking distance so a car is not necessary.
It's a wonderful time-machine-like peek into a slice of old California.
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