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Cabrillo National Monument

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Address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Stately monument honoring Cabrillo, discoverer of San Diego Bay, is located...

Stately monument honoring Cabrillo, discoverer of San Diego Bay, is located in Point Loma that overlooks the city and the Bay.

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Cabrillo was the first European to set foot on the west coast of what is now the United States, he was looking for gold. The expedition claimed over 800 miles of coastline for... read more

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Englewood, Colorado
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Englewood, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Cabrillo was the first European to set foot on the west coast of what is now the United States, he was looking for gold. The expedition claimed over 800 miles of coastline for Spain. His voyage added knowledge of landmarks, winds and currents. Start by first checking out the visitor center. If planning on checking out the tide pools be... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although easy to find on the map, Point Loma is hard to get to, and well worth the effort. The vistas allow spectacular views in all directions. The old Point Loma lighthouse is fun to visit and sheds light on our past. The lighthouse was closed in 1893 and restored by the WPA in the 1930s. If you bring binoculars,... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The views from Cabrillo can't be beat! There is a nice (but steep!) hiking trail that is very pretty when the wildflowers are blooming in early spring. The museum is very small, but there is some interesting information.

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Sedro Woolley, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While this is a monument to Juan Cabrillo sailing for the Spanish, there is also a lighthouse tour given by a member of the National Parks service. While the lighthouse is something of a restoration, it is interesting to see the lifestyle of the keeper of the lighthouse, as well the equipment used to keep sailing ships off the rocks... More 

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Spokane Valley, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Be sure to take the time to drive out to Point Loma to see this. It's very historical and has great museum presentations. The staff does a really wonderful job. There was a tour for school children while we were there. The "guide" did such a great job we tagged along.

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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Driving through this beautiful manicured National Cemetery is sobering. The rows upon rows of white grave markers memorializing the thousands who have given their lives in defense of our nation. Proceeding farther down the point to the light house, there are sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, downtown San Diego and Coronado Island. At low tide, there are tide pools... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Incredible views of the San Diego Bay. Watch Navy ships coming and going. Commercial and military planes fly overhead. Great place for a picnic. Various movies in visitor center on whales to the history of the person the monument is named after. Saw an aircraft carrier leaving the harbor when we were there. Awesome!

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great for walking and seeing San Diego, the bay and sometimes clear down to Tijuana Mexico. Has small museum and knowledgeable park rangers. Nice walk up to explore lighthouse. Whale sightings if you're lucky. Best is to drive to tide pools during low tide and explore the rocks, crabs, jellyfish, sea urchins. That was the highlight!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a family friendly place to see some incredible ocean views. We loved the drive to get there, and once you are there, there is no elevation change to go to the monument. The lighthouse is great too, but a bit more of a climb.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must see place. Not really the monument. But the views are so beautiful. I did spot a whale which was really cool. Take your binoculars, especially in the winter months when the whales are moving through.

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