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Mission San Diego de Alcala

10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108-2498
+1 619-281-8449
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Awesome restoration!

Great place to visit and remember the history of California. Kind of out-of-the way from Old Town... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
EC170131
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Vacaville, California
Quick visit.

This is the first mission in California but it is smaller than the others I have visited. You can... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
EphemeralDiver
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Vancouver, Canada
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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108-2498
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"gift shop"
in 39 reviews
"california history"
in 17 reviews
"junipero serra"
in 8 reviews
"catholic church"
in 9 reviews
"self guided tour"
in 19 reviews
"father serra"
in 7 reviews
"peaceful place"
in 8 reviews
"the presidio"
in 4 reviews
"small museum"
in 11 reviews
"great history"
in 4 reviews
"lots of history"
in 3 reviews
"old town"
in 5 reviews
"mass"
in 23 reviews
"gardens"
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"founded"
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"sanctuary"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place to visit and remember the history of California. Kind of out-of-the way from Old Town but worth the trip. Interesting to walk the grounds and remember that this is where California began. Nice gift shop too!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the first mission in California but it is smaller than the others I have visited. You can be in and out in less than 30min. They cover the history of the site from the earliest founding through it's time as a military fort...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I finally visited this beautiful mission, my last of the 21 throughout California. This was the first one established by Father Serra in 1769. Sits on a hill and surround by beautiful vegetation. Very well preserved, nice tour of the church, museum and grounds. Don’t...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of history in this - the earliest mission in California. This was a nice place to walk around and learn some history of the area and the Spanish missions.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love old churches this is a great one. There are several chapels on the grounds and such a gorgeous building and walking area. The inside of the Church is so special to look at. A very peaceful morning walking through the little garden...More

Thank Cindi K
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

This mission was worth the stop. Few people were there, so made for a nice day of touring the grounds. There is a five dollar charge per person to take the walking tour of the mission, this is paid at the small store on the...More

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

Don't miss a guided tour of such an important part of San Diego's history!!! Ask for Lee in the gift shop!

Thank jocomitchells
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

With its white facade framed by palm trees and a carpet of ice plants, this is a beautiful and serene place. Even in December, the mission grounds had an abundance of flowering plants. The sanctuary is nice, but not as large as some, which the...More

1  Thank Dmarkwind
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Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

As a young girl I read about the Catholic missions in CA and wanted to visit. I was not disappointed. Flowers and tropical plants everywhere. Nice museum/historical site. Learned a lot about Saint Junipero Serra.

Thank lwpmjp
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

A beautiful setting to a lovely church and outbuildings/gardens, helpful staff, low entry prices and for us a terrific tour from a well-informed docent. A highlight of our trip. My only quibble was the inflated prices in the gift shop, $25 for a little bell...More

1  Thank WestDeneWombat1
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Kayla C
9 December 2016|
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Response from MarkE0668 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don't know Here's the phone number (619) 281-8449
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11 February 2015|
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Yes you can take photos both inside and outside everywhere at the mission. There is an option to purchase ($3-5) an audio tour that is self-guided. The audio recording walks you through the mission buildings and grounds. It... More
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