Saturday, March 3, 2012

California's Mission Trail ... A Historical Pilgrimage

Traveling along California’s coastline, there are 21 historic missions along El Camino Real (the Royal Road), forged by Spanish conquistador in the late 18th century. From San Diego to Sonoma, these missions are testament to the arduous and often controversial history of the land.

Most of the missions are located on or near Highway 101 (indicated by the bronze mission bells along the road) and are situated in the midst of the most beautiful scenery and countryside, and as they are an important part of Californian and American history, it is a pilgrimage that’s definitely worth making for anyone visiting or traveling in California.

Mission San Buenaventura (Ventura)
Mission Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara)

Mission Santa Ines (Solvang)

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (San Luis Obispo)

Mission San Miguel Arcangel (San Miguel)

Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad (Soledad)

Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo (Carmel-by-the-Sea)

Mission San Juan Bautista (Monterey)

Mission San Francisco de Asís (San Francisco)

Mission San Francisco Solano (Sonoma)


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