The phrase 75 and sunny doesn't begin to sum it up.
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Tell me: What’s this place all about?
There are 21 missions dotting the California coast, and San Diego lays claim to the first. Established in 1769, Mission San Diego de Alcalá is the physical representation of Christianity's birth on the West Coast. Even today, you can worship here—it's an active parish with Mass held daily—but even if you aren't a practicing catholic, the mission is still a sight to behold, with white stucco walls, Spanish roof tiles, and grand archways. It's perched on a hill overlooking Old Town with gorgeous views. Attendance here is casual; no tickets needed (unless you're booking a guided tour) and admission is $5 per adult.
What’s it like being there?
Peaceful and quiet.
Is there a guide involved?
The Mission offers reservable guided weekday tours (and limited weekend tours) at 9am, 11am, and 1pm. The self-guided tours are packed with info, too.
Who comes here?
You'll see an older crowd as well as families, many of whom come to worship. Others come for history; others, for the view and architecture. The grassy lawns are great for picnics, too.
Did it meet expectations?
It may be near the hubbub of touristy Old Town, but the Mission San Diego de Alcalá feels worlds away. The building is in great condition—it's the fifth church built on the site since 1769—and the grounds are immaculate. Make sure to spend some time in the gardens, which are filled with palms, flowers, and succulents.
So, then, what, or who, do you think it’s best for?
History buffs, architecture geeks, and worshippers can all appreciate this site in different ways.
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