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“The Angels Are Here!”

Mission San Miguel Arcangel
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in San Miguel
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Owner description: This mission was founded among the Salinas Indians, who inhabited the area in the 1700's.
Reviewed 3 June 2014

Staying in Paso Robles in order to visit the Hearst Castle and do a wine country jeep tour and discovered the nearby attraction of this enticing mission. There also happened to be some geocaches hidden nearby as well that drew us quickly. We were so pleased to discover this authentic living piece of early California history and the easy donation paid self tour through the years made it all come alive again! Franciscan monks still live and work here and the village still uses the grounds and church for all their ceremonies.

3  Thank PuddlestheThird
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Mission San Miguel is almost entirely original, unlike most of the other surviving 20 California Missions. The paintings in the interior or absolutely original, and are amazingly beautiful. You have to go to Mexico to see anything this authentic. It is easy to get to. Access is just off the north-south U.S. Highway 101 freeway. It is definitely worth a visit for anyone interested in California history!

3  Thank Rick049
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

San Miguel mission seems like the least restored of the missions that are open for tours in California. I first saw this in the 1970s on the train from San Francisco to LA - and while we were visiting, the Amtrack rolled by. Even thought it seems rustic, the church has been very effectively repaired from an earthquake several years ago. The archway gates, windows and doors are varied and pleasing. The dry desolation of the courtyards and crumbling walls makes me wonder how the missions survived.

I was visiting with family - who all gave this a top vote for feeling very real.

I probably gave this a very good instead of excellent since the last time I was here in the 90s, the walls looked out on fields and agaves or yuccas - now they look out to someone's carport. And the cacti were simply incredible - several stories tall. The gift shop attendant said the cacti had been removed since children kept running into them.
Anyway, they have planted small new plants and have a drip watering system which is struggling to keep them alive.

1  Thank lcsugarfarm
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

Having seen 20 of the 21 missions, I have to say this is one of my favorites. The self guided tour is excellent and provides the history of the mission and it's people without getting into so much detail as to bore the youngsters. A great stop!

2  Thank kk572
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

Mission San Miguel is my favorite! And I have visited 19 California Missions. It is not the largest, but it has all the original decorations and frescos from the Mission days, not recreations. The paintings on the wall are beautiful, it even has the original ceiling! You really feel like you are stepping back in time when you visit. It is located in the sleepy little town of San Miguel right on Highway 101 (you can see it from the freeway). Parking is easy and there is a good little gift shop located there too. When traveling down or up 101 and you want an interesting stop or just want to stretch your legs and see some a great, historic old building. Stop at Mission San Miguel.

2  Thank Chris101264
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