If you're following the Camino Real, you owe yourself a stop at this mission. The architecture is beautiful, from the original grounds to the additions over the centuries to the ruins in the park area across the street - you can completely immerse yourself and get an idea of what it was like to be a part of this mission's daily life. I've been a few times, with adults and teenage kids, and each time we noticed something different, new and interesting. It is a working mission so the Franciscans are very present but this is not at all a religion-forward experience. You're not supposed to take flash photos inside (so please don't!) but the grounds themselves are very photo-worthy. Schedule at least an hour and you'll have a fairly rounded tour; wander for two hours or more and you'll get that little something extra that takes it from 'tour' to 'experience'.
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