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Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad: California’s 13th Mission

Located in the town of Soledad, about 45 minutes South of Monterey, Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad was the 13th of the 21 Spanish missions in California. This … [Read More...]

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Mission San Miguel Arcangel: One of the Best California Missions

Mission San Miguel Arcangel was the sixteenth of the California Missions to be founded, and it opened its doors in 1797. While the original church was destroyed, the … [Read More...]

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California Missions Road Trip Day 3: Ventura to San Luis Obispo

For day 3 of the missions tour, I would recommend that you get an early start to try and fit four missions into the schedule. I recommend this because Mission San Luis Obispo will not take you very much time and it is better to do four today then tomorrow since there is a lot […]

Original Lompoc Mission Ruins

Recently, I set out to visit all of the California missions on one long road trip. It was an amazing experience that gave me a great appreciation for California’s preservation of these relics of our past. They are some of the oldest buildings in the United States as they date back to when Spain controlled […]

Junípero Serra Museum on Presidio Hill in San Diego

Located on the Presidio Hill in San Diego, the Father Juniper Serra Museum is a great spot for an event in San Diego or to explore if you are interested in California Mission history like I am. This museum is known as the site where California began as it is where the first mission was […]

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa: The Fifth California Mission

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is the fifth mission founded by Father Junípero Serra and the only mission to have an L-shaped chapel. Today the mission is located right in the heart of San Luis Obispo, which is a bustling college town along the coast of California. The mission here is free to visit, […]

OUE Skyspace: Glass Slide & Open Air Observation Deck in Los Angeles

Much like Chicago and New York before it, Los Angeles now has its very own observation deck so you can experience the city from above. The deck is 70 floors up, and it provides unparalleled views of Los Angeles and the area surrounding it. I got a chance to check it out opening weekend, and it […]

Mission Santa Inés: Exploring Solvang’s Mission

Mission Santa Ines was the 19th of the 21 California missions to be created, and it resides in the small Danish town of Solvang only a few miles off Highway 101. The mission was founded by Father Estévan Tapís in 1804, and it is most famous for being the start of one of the largest […]

Mission San Antonio de Pala Asistencia

Mission San Antonio de Pala Asistencia, located off El Camino Real in a more inland area, is an Asistencia (assistant) Mission to Mission San Fernando Rey de España and is the only Asistencia still being used. It is still a working church ministering to the local population, and while it is not one of the primary […]

Mission Santa Barbara: The Queen of the California Missions

Mission Santa Barbara is second only to San Juan Capistrano in beauty and popularity for the California Missions. It was the tenth mission established by the Spanish Franciscans and it was planned to be established by Father Serra but he passed away before he was able to. Father Lasuen ended up founding it in 1786. […]

California Missions Road Trip Day 2: Pasadena to Ventura

Day 2 of the California missions drive along El Camino Real is one of those days where you will be spending more time then you probably want in the city. The missions along this section of the drive are each located in the heart of a town and its pretty crazy to see the way the […]

Mission San Buenaventura: Visiting the 9th California Mission

Mission San Buenaventura is the 9th of the California Missions to be founded, and it was the last to be founded by Father Junípero Serra. As far as missions go, it is definitely on the smaller side, but it makes up for its size in beauty. Located right in the heart of downtown Ventura, this […]

Mission San Fernando Rey de España in Los Angeles County

As far as California Missions go, Mission San Fernando Rey de España is a really great one to visit. It was the 17th mission founded of the 21 Spanish missions, and it has a lot more to see than many of its counterparts. I visited this on day 2 of my California missions trip which […]

Mission San Gabriel Arcángel: Visiting the Forth California Mission

Mission San Gabriel Arcángel is the fourth of the 21 California missions, and it is the closest of the missions to Los Angeles. Mission San Gabriel Arcángel is located South of Pasadena, and while it is not a particularly large mission there is still a lot to see. I visited it on day 2 of […]

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