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“Should be your first stop”

Mission San Diego de Alcala
Ranked #41 of 461 things to do in San Diego
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 29, 2012

This is always my first stop with first time visitors to San Diego. Just took friends from Perth Australia. When touring San Diego you always need to include a bit of San Diego and California history. This is very informative as to how California was founded.

Thank SDLolly
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

Part of the history of California. Well preserved and well visited. Experience what Father Serra did so many years ago. Take a tour if you can and experience the who's and why's of Spanish California. For those Catholics they have Masses still being performed. While we were there a Wedding was going on.

1  Thank The-GCC
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

Another great attraction we found just a few minutes walk from the trolley train. Thought to be the oldest mission in the State of California, it has beautiful gardens, an active chapel, a gift shop, and many historical exibits. Interesting even if you are not Catholic.

6  Thank Toadbite
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

If you've never been to one of the historical missions of California you have to go. You'll learn a great deal about early California..

4  Thank SDTravelMom
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Very well preserved, and still a very holy place. The grounds are wonderful to sit and meditate. If you are there on Sunday, do attend the Mass. The choir is beautiful. Well worth the drive to find it.

5  Thank William R
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