Cabrillo National Monument
When it comes to what San Diego can offer, the possibilities are nearly endless. From the bustling streets of downtown to the calm of watching a sunset at the Sunset Cliffs, there’s something for everyone. If you want to spend time adventuring outdoors, then consider making a trip to Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma.
The Cabrillo National Monument offers guests the opportunity to step back in time to 1542 when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo climbed out of his boat and onto the shore, becoming the first European to set foot on the West Coast of the U.S. At this national monument, you can learn more about the history of 16th century exploration of California. Additionally, the park is also home to beautiful and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the city below at the overlook. Be sure to spend some time at the Visitors Center where you can dive into the past and learn more about the area through the “Age of Exploration” exhibit, various films and even ranger-guided programs that offered at various times.
A short walk from the Visitors Center you’ll find the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. The lighthouse has recently been restored to its original 1880s appearance making for a picturesque backdrop. The Point Loma Lighthouse was first put into service on November 15th, 1855 and was architecturally designed in the style found at Cape Cod. South of the lighthouse, be on the lookout for the Whale Overlook. At this vantage point, enjoy beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean as well as the location of the new Point Loma Lighthouse. If you visit during January and February, it’s common to see views of Whales from this overlook as well. To cap off your time and experience at the Cabrillo National Monument, be sure to spend some time at the Cabrillo Store. Here, find a book about Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo or buy a gifts and souvenirs to commemorate your trip.