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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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  • On a clear day you can see forever.... not quite but the view of the bay is breathtaking. Lady luck was with us since there wasn't a cloud to be found. Once you have taken in the view you can visit th...  more »
  • The memorial sits on a bluff overlooking the ocean and harbor. The tide pools are great to explore in the early morning before they get over crowded. Cell signal is sketchy due to proximity to Mexico ...  more »
  • The interpretive center has some interesting interactive displays about the history Spanish exploration of the area. The real show, however, is the walkway "whale watch" area up by the lighthouse. Gre...  more »
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  • This place is California's historical land mark. This is the place where European came for the first time in America. Parking fee is 10$ and ticket is valid for one week. It has one small museum of JR Cabrillo. They play a documentary which describes the Journey of JR Cabrillo and is very informative. One can get a very good view from here. Point Loma Light house museum is also there. In this we can see the history of the light house and can get a sneak peek in the lives of the officials of light house and their families. This place is cool, even when San Diego is having a high temperature, so bring your jackets. Don't forget to bring water and walking shoes
  • Entrance to the Park is $10.00 as of 11/12/2016. This includes parking and unlimited visits for one week. The views of San Diego to the East and Pacific Ocean to the West are spectacular. There is a small museum and a movie that highlights the history of Juan R. Cabrillo and his Landing in San Diego in 1542. There is also a store that sells books, postcards and other souvenirs. Bring water and good walking shoes. Family Friendly
  • Pros: Great views, lots of history Cons: None This was a first for my family and I and we enjoyed it greatly! The views of the city, ocean, and coastline were amazing! The museum was very informative and inside the bookstore, there was an area for the kids to dress in period costume! Although there was a bit of a hike to get to the lighthouse and viewing areas (from the parking lot), it was well worth it! I would recommend this stop whenever in San Diego to may family and friends!
  • Very informative. I love the museum. The people here are great and they help you out a lot. There is a parking fee $10. Considering that Cabrillo was the first European to ever touch American soil, This place really makes you feel like it was the Gateway into the New World. So much history here.
  • Best views around. If you have the ability to take a long walk, bring some water and enjoy the many beautiful paths in this park. The monument and museum are easy to access for disable people - and provide a nice day out in and of themselves.