By Deb Flomberg
About an hour south of Los Angeles is a beautiful city, filled with historic architecture and a lot of wonderful things to see and do. The city of San Jan Capistrano was created around a mission, Mission San Juan Capistrano, which was originally founded back in 1776 and named after Franciscan saint Giovanni da Capistrano. The mission is still in operation today, and it is widely believed to be the oldest church in California.
Take a look back in time and head south on Interstate 5 from Los Angeles for a driving tour of this amazing little city. Stop in the Mission and take one of the many different tours available. The audio tour is more individually-paced and includes music and storytelling as it explains the history of this amazing mission. There is also an audio tour for children that includes a more humorous and imaginative glimpse into the history of the mission, which much more appropriate for the younger visitors.
Something else that the city of San Juan Capistrano is widely known for is its cliff swallows. These protected birds return from their annual migration around March 19th of every year. The birds are celebrated in a festival that starts around the end of February and lasts two months, including a “Taste of San Juan Reception” and Swallows Week that features all sorts of great events. Reportedly, the swallows have not been returning to their home over the past few years, as they have chosen to migrate a bit north to the Chino Hills. But that doesn’t keep the festival from being a wonderful event every year.
So hop in your S65 AMG Sedan from Mercedes-Benz of Encino and enjoy a beautiful drive south to San Juan Capistrano and spend a bit of time touring this lovely city. Get a look back in time, a glimpse into history, and then enjoy a luxurious and comfortable drive that only a car like Mercedes-Benz can provide.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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