Photo tour: California’s historic missions

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A touch of Spain can still be found throughout California with a visit to any of the 21 historical missions that line the state’s coast. From San Diego to San Francisco, these missions offer a look into California’s past as an early Spanish settlement. Discover the state’s Spanish roots with a trip along the 800-mile California Missions Trail, or get a virtual tour of California’s breathtaking missions below.

Old Mission Santa Barbara (Image: Randy Pertiet)
Old Mission Santa Barbara (Image: Randy Pertiet)
Old Mission Santa Barbara (Image: Randy Pertiet)
Old Mission Santa Barbara (Image: Randy Pertiet)
Mission San Diego de Acala (Image: ((brian)))
Mission San Diego de Acala (Image: ((brian)))
Mission San Antonio de Padua (Image: Ed Bierman)
Mission San Antonio de Padua (Image: Ed Bierman)
Mission San Antonio de Padua (Image: Dave Johnson Photo)
Mission San Antonio de Padua (Image: Dave Johnson Photo)
Mission San Luis Rey (Image: Rennett Stowe)
Mission San Luis Rey (Image: Rennett Stowe)
Mission San Juan Capistrano (Image: Tim Buss)
Mission San Juan Capistrano (Image: Tim Buss)
Mission San Juan Capistrano (Image: Tim Buss)
Mission San Juan Capistrano (Image: Tim Buss)
Mission San Juan Bautista (Image: Ken Lund used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Mission San Juan Bautista (Image: Ken Lund used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Mission San Miguel (Image: kevincole)
Mission San Miguel (Image: kevincole)

(Main image: Randy Pertiet)

Photo tour: California’s historic missions was last modified: April 10th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.