By Deb Flomberg
There is a lot of history in California. There are buildings and churches that are literally centuries old, and visiting them is a fascinating journey back in time. For a truly special historic journey, try booking a tour at the Mission Basilica San Diego, which was California’s very first mission.
Originally founded on July 16, 1769 it was originally named the Mission San Diego de Alcala and it didn’t receive the official Basicila designation until 1976. Today the oldest mission in California is still an active Catholic Parish with small tours, a visitors center museum and a gift shop. It is an officially designated historic landmark, and really a beautiful mission and site of a tremendous amount of history.
If the timing is right, try to arrive at the mission during the Festival of the Bells, which is usually in mid July every year, in celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the mission. You’ll find a lovely celebration with food and entertainment plus all five mission bells are rung, including the oldest bell that dates all the way back to 1802. Enjoy the festivities and surround yourself in the history of this national gem. Or if you aren’t able to arrive during that weekend, then head down another time. You can book a tour of the Mission Basilica San Diego in advance through the parish office.
Make a road trip out of it by hopping in your GL350 SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. The drive to the mission from Los Angeles runs about two hours, so you can pack all the snacks and gear you need for a great road trip while still enjoying the luxurious interior of your Mercedes-Benz, plus you’ll have room for your whole family as this is one educational trip that everyone will enjoy.
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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