Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego honors the location where Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo became the first European to step foot on the western United States. This is the most southwestern point in the continental United States. You will find that there are lots of things to do in the gorgeous setting.
After exploring Cabrillo National Monument, consider these San Diego hikes:
Make the Visitor Center your first stop. You will find a ranger to answer all of your questions. Be sure to check out the schedule of activities. You may want to join a guided tour or watch a film or slide show in the auditorium next to the Visitor Center.
Take a self guided tour of the Old Point Loma lighthouse. The lighthouse tower is only open two days every year: August 25 to celebrate the birthday of the National Park Service and November 15, which is the anniversary of the lighthouse.
Enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery on the two mile hike following the Bayside Trail. During the winter months there are tidepools to explore and whales to see. The Pacific Gray Whales migrate from the Artic to Baja California and back. They can be seen from the park from mid-December through March.
The breathtaking scenery at makes Cabrillo the perfect setting for a romantic outing. Take a picnic and enjoy lunch surrounded by the natural beauty of this wonderful location.
Cabrillo National Monument
Address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Telephone: (619) 557-5450
Open daily (365 days a year) from 9 AM - 5 PM
Cost: $5 per vehicle/nonvehicle entrance fee is $3 per person
Directions traveling south on I-5:
Take the Rosecrans exit. Stay on Rosecrans into Pt. Loma. Turn right on Canon Street. Turn left on Catalina Blvd. (This road is also called Cabrillo Memorial Drive.) Continue on Catalina Blvd. all the way to the end.
Directions traveling north on I-5:
Exit at Hawthorne Street. Follow the road under the freeway towards the bay. Turn right onto Harbor Drive. Turn left onto Rosecrans. Stay on Rosecrans into Pt. Loma. Turn right on Canon Street. Turn left on Catalina Blvd. (This road is also called Cabrillo Memorial Drive.) Continue on Catalina Blvd. all the way to the end.