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Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego

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Cabrillo National Monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo’s expedition to San Diego Bay in 1524. It was the first time that a European expedition set foot on what became the west coast of the United States. You can learn about the age of exploration and Cabrillo at the park’s visitor center. From here, it is a short walk to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, restored to its 1880's appearance and now operating as a museum. The park also encompasses several former military installations, which you can see while exploring the area. Take time to appreciate the monument’s superb views of the harbor, city skyline, and Pacific Ocean. If it is a clear day, you might even see the Coronado Islands. Use our San Diego itinerary builder to add Cabrillo National Monument and other attractions to your San Diego vacation plans.
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  • Once you get there , the panoramic view of San Diego is Just break taking. The only thing , is you have to pay. I think is about $7.Going there once for couple of hours is worthed  more »
  • Spectacular views, great trails, and the ability to see forever both east and west await one at Cabrillo National Monument. Educational opportunities are in abundance from the lighthouse at the top to...  more »
  • We really enjoy visiting this place. We start at the tidepools if the tide is low going to high, vice versa if high going to low. They rarely disappoint. The lighthouse is fabulous. The history is gre...  more »
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  • Very nice area.....when the park is full the park rangers will advise. The price to get in is pretty steep...I think $8.00-$10.00 per car....the view is great but when the fog rolls in its hard to see..the visit to the original lighthouse is informative..... if you can find parking and you paid to get in turn around go back to entrance ..make a left and drive down to the cliffs...at low tide this place becomes a tide pool....you are not able to take the seashells because the crabs are always looking for new homes.... when the weather conditions are good it's a fun place to explore.... if the tide is high it's not a good idea to go further but just sitting up there at times you will see whales on their migration south to Baja...you can see surfers and lots of boats.....
  • Beautiful scenery and views of the city and ocean, lots of parking, and educational information at the historical sites. There are trails if you want to leave the sidewalk. There is a small fee to enter the park, but you get a week pass - We went back without paying again. Its worth it if you need to kill some time and want nice pictures.
  • Fun place to.explore. even in a foggy day, there was a great view. Ships in the harbor were fun to watch. We even got to see a group navy seals in training swimming!
  • Great view of San Diego. Very cool perspective with some history to learn about too. I think it was 10 dollars at the gate but good for a week. Cool trip with the family.
  • If you visit SD this place is a must. Fantastic view, beautiful monument, well maintained, very nice park. Prepare to spend at least 2 hours as significant walking would be involved. It's worth it.