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Trip Planner: USA / California / San Diego / Cabrillo National Monument
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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Cabrillo National Monument reviews
If you are looking for a diversion from the big city attractions and busyness of San Diego, this is one of the places to go! You get beautiful views of the ocean AND downtown San Diego and harbor...
If you are looking for a diversion from the big city attractions and busyness of San Diego, this is one of the places to go! You get beautiful views of the ocean AND downtown San Diego and harbor... more »
What a wonderful place this was to spend an entire sunny morning… The Park was established in 1913. There is a $20 fee per car, but we did not have to wait in the long line at the entrance because...
What a wonderful place this was to spend an entire sunny morning… The Park was established in 1913. There is a $20 fee per car, but we did not have to wait in the long line at the entrance because... more »
This spot is really great. You can enjoy the view of the city and bay, watch ships come in and out of bay. We got to see a submarine enter and another leave while we were out there. You can see...
This spot is really great. You can enjoy the view of the city and bay, watch ships come in and out of bay. We got to see a submarine enter and another leave while we were out there. You can see... more »
Beautiful and with every bit of the trip to visit this site while touring around! Gorgeous area if you want to visit a historical site and million dollar views of all of San Diego, Coronado, the bay and the ocean! Amazing, refreshing and has a nice gift shop in addition with a museum indoors! Very impressive and a lot of fun! Jump on a trail and look around! Watch out for snakes 🐍 while you're walking around! Fantastic!
Amazing place close to San Diego. Amazing views of the city, ocean, coast, and more. Really nice staff. The bay side trail was awesome and only 2 miles. Perfect for a half day visit. It was 20 dollars to get in. Would love to go back to try other trails and spend more time in the museum.
Incredibly beautiful views and just enough history and walking to keep the kids interested. We aren’t from the area but wanted to learn a bit about San Diego history. This was the perfect place to take in the amazing views and learn about some of the first explorers in the area. We took the shortest trail and saw the views of the kelp forest, checked out the lighthouse and walked the small exhibit area. We paid $20 to park and had the ability to come back for a week with the receipt. Highly recommend!
All about the views for as far as you can see. While it can get touristy around the monument, you can learn a little history about the origins of Point Loma, see a really cool lighthouse, and go for a nice hike by the water. The tide pools offered a nice contrast where there were, yes picturesque views, but was a little calmer than your typical beach going areas. They offer an annual membership at a very inexpensive rate. The only knock is it closes early and would make it hard to visit during the workweek.
Probably some of the best views of San Diego. You can watch planes coming and going at the airport and airbase, and see the boats and ships coming and going from a high vantage point. The monument and light house stories are interesting part of history, but I think my favourite part was driving down to the new lighthouse area and checking out the tide pools and cliffs. There was even a sailboat that been breached and sent ashore at some point. Please just be careful of the cliff edges, there are no guardrails and I'm not sure I would be as trusting as some of the ground beneath them.
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