Included in the great tradition of 18th century missions that are spread throughout Southern California, The Old Mission San Luis Rey is a fascinating and historic location for a family tour or a sunny afternoon drive. The Old Mission San Luis Rey, originally founded in 1798, is the largest of all the missions, of which there are 21, and is open daily to tours and visitors and offers a great variety of programs, events and retreats.
There are several things to do at the Old Mission San Luis Rey, including some really interesting tours. You can tour the full Mission site, including the cemetery, which is the oldest cemetery that is still in operation within the North County San Diego area. This historic cemetery was also founded in 1798 and is a truly stunning example of the beauty and history surrounding the tradition of old mission cemeteries.
Be sure to visit the museum and allow plenty of time to tour all the different rooms and exhibits. You’ll learn all about the Luiseno Indian culture and the Spanish Franciscan Missionaries that helped to settle the mission. You will also be able to view a large collection of artifacts from Native American, Mexican Secularization, Spanish Mission and America Military historic periods. Truly this is a very educational and fascinating destination to tour, with a lot to teach you and your whole family about the vast history of the Southern California area.
For a tour such as this, you’ll want to travel in comfort so be sure to drive there in the 2013 S400 Hybrid Sedan from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. It is the perfect car for a drive to the Mission San Luis Rey, with plenty of room for the whole family and all the comfort and elegance that only 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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