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 […]

California Missions Road Trip Day 1: San Diego to Pasadena

Visiting all of the California missions is something that surprisingly not a lot of people have done. These beautiful and historic places are all incredibly unique and harbor so much for the explorer to see. This trip will take you seven days to complete, and this post provides an itinerary for day 1. You can […]

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside (North of San Diego) is one of the last missions founded, number 18. It was established in 1798 by Padre Fermín Lasuén. Even though the original church is no longer standing, the current church was built in 1811, and it is a fantastic example of Spanish mission architecture […]

Mission San Diego de Alcalá: Visiting California’s First Mission

Mission San Diego de Alcala was founded by Father Junipero Serra and was the first of the 21 California missions founded. Because of that, it is a place of significant historical value to visit in the state of California. The mission was established in its original location (near the Presidio) in 1769, but it was […]

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park

California missions are one of the more interesting aspects of the state’s history. Regardless of your personal opinion on them, they are a fantastic way to go back in time and see what life was like as California was developing. While I was cruising down PCH, I pulled off to check out the La Purisima Mission […]

Exploring Mission San Juan Capistrano: A Photographic Guide

While growing up in Southern California I must have been sick during the school trip that takes you to this mission, as everyone that I have talked to has been here other then me. Since that was case, I decided make a full day out of it and to see the Mission San Juan Capistrano […]