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. Plan to visit Cabrillo National Monument during your San Diego vacation using our convenient San Diego trip maker .
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  • This monument is for the first Spaniard who sailed into San Diego and started a colony there. We had a national parks annual pass so was free to enter. The drive was quite long and there was quite a l...  more »
  • Part of history of San Diego when Juan Rodrigues Cabrillo landed here and named the city San Miguel. Old lighthouse is worth walking up too. Busy on weekends.  more »
  • I learned a lot about Cabrillo and lighthouses. Be sure to watch the video that will give you insight about the people in this area. You will learn the significance of the name Cabrillo and how he cam...  more »
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  • What a gem! So close to the City but with killer views and some nice hikes and tidepools. On a clear day you can see Mexico. Last year with all the rain they had killer wildflowers too. A nice combination of natural and cultural history and displays including WW 2 info. A frequent place for filming movies. American Idol gang was there yesterday. Entrance fee is reasonable best deal is for an annual pass.
  • Cabrillo is the place where the first Europeans set foot on the west coast of what would become America. This is a great place to wander and explore. There is a nice visitors center along with the old Lighthouse, tidal pools, and tons of trails. I like I coming here to get my Fitbit steps in... if bringing along the kids I suggest a handful of quarters for the pay telescopes around the park. The views are amazing. One side of the park faces the harbor and you can see North Island and Downtown. The other side is pure Pacific ocean.
  • Only National Park in San Diego. Well worth the price of admission. Parking is ample. The information center and gift shop contain all sorts of informative books, guides, etc. The park itself is large and makes for a great family outing exploring the different structures and their uses during different time periods. You can even earn a Junior Ranger badge and certificate while you learn. Autism friendly.
  • This is a beautiful national monument to visit. My mom Janice loves lighthouses and she really enjoyed our family vacation. We came here for one of our stops. The scenery is beautiful and there are signs that tell u what kind of plants are there and lost of historic information here too. Your child or children can become a junior ranger here too. Make sure to go to the info center/gift shop first to get the activity booklet tho.
  • I purchase the national parks pass for seniors which was very reasonable the prices have been going up on them if you're considering getting one get it now before they go up again. They're good for all national parks and there's no admission fee. Nice way to spend part of the day and there is a lot to see. They have a large gift shop also. Nice to go on a clear day for The View and more

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