1000 things to do in san diego

Click on for an extensive and informative list of over 100 places of worship. Since San Diego is often referred to as Paradise on Earth, it should come as no surprise that locals love to worship their God.

Unique to San Diego and the state of California are 21 Missions founded by Father Serra as the discovery of California went hand in hand with the establishment of the missions. San Diego has two historic mission, which are still in use as historical sites and holy relms.

They are Mission San Diego de Alcala in the Mission Valley region of San Diego (See Mission Valley) and in Oceanside is the largest mission ever built).


For a glimpse into the fascinating way of life of the Franciscan missionaries who first colonized San Diego back in 1769, visit the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá (33), 10818 San Diego Mission Rd. (see map). Contact the Visitor Center (619-281-8449) or Parish Office (619-283-7319). An excellent mapped, self-guided tour of the grounds and building is available. Admissions are ($8) for adults 55 & over, ($5) for students and active military and ($3) for children 6-12 and  5 and under are admitted FREE.

North County’s major historic attraction is the impressive Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia (14) at 4050 Mission Ave. (760-757-3651). Known as the King of the Missions, it is the largest of the 21 missions that flourished here in the 1700s and 1800s.

Tucked away in a quiet north San Diego County valley, it is just 4.6 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Here you will find this majestic jewel of early California history called Old Mission San Luis Rey.

The Mission provides both guided and self-guided tours. Discover the architectural beauty of the Missions museum, church, sunken gardens and cemetery. Historic Church Hours are 8 a.m.– 4 .m. every day. The museum features an extensive collection of early mission ­artifacts. The museum is open daily, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Prices are ($8) for adults, ($5) seniors (65+) and ($3) for youth 6–18, and free for active military and their dependents and children 5 years of age and under. Be sure to stop by the gift shop featuring unique and delicate religious artifacts, mementos and books. Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Credit cards: AE, DISC, MC, VISA.