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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  • It was great to visit and learn about the Spanish/Portugese voyages of discovery here in SoCAL. Very well maintained National Park, with plenty of support (restrooms/water/guides). Well worth the... 
    It was great to visit and learn about the Spanish/Portugese voyages of discovery here in SoCAL. Very well maintained National Park, with plenty of support (restrooms/water/guides). Well worth the...  more »
  • Wanted to see the lighthouse. the views here and the lighthouse are amazing. Short drive from Shelter Island and there is good signage to get you here. 
    Wanted to see the lighthouse. the views here and the lighthouse are amazing. Short drive from Shelter Island and there is good signage to get you here.  more »
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  • Spectacular views of the San Diego waterfront all the way to Mexico. Great place to take pictures and whale watch. Small gift shop. Visit the military cemetery along the way. Bring your own lunch because there isn't a restaurant. Visit more often with a national park pass.
  • I decided to stop by this park on my way into San Diego. The great thing about it, it’s highly scenic and you get a great view of the greater San Diego area and the coast. There’s not a ton of walking involved, so you really can make it a short trip to jump out and catch the scenery or you can stay longer and visit the little shop and museum. There are also hiking trails that you can take to extend a visit. Overall, it’s a pleasant park that pretty accessible.

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