Missions by Region


Spanish Missions were built all along the California coast between 1769 and 1823. The Spanish built the Missions in their conquest to convert the indigenous people of California to Christianity and as strongholds for their newly claimed territories. Twenty-one Spanish missions can be found along the 'King's Highway' in California, which is now Highway 101 on the Central Coast and Interstate 5 in Southern California. Spanish Missions are the oldest structures in California. Most of the California Missions are still active churches with museums and gift shops. All California Missions have suffered earthquake or fire damage but very few have been left in a damaged state.

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California Missions Map

California Missions in Order

  1. San Diego Mission
  2. Carmel Mission
  3. San Antonio Mission
  4. San Gabriel Mission
  5. San Luis Obispo Mission
  6. Dolores Mission - San Francisco
  7. San Juan Capistrano Mission
  8. Santa Clara Mission
  9. Ventura Mission
  10. Santa Barbara Mission
  11. La Purisma Mission
  12. Santa Cruz Mission
  13. Soledad Mission
  14. San Jose Mission
  15. San Juan Bautista Mission
  16. San Miguel Mission
  17. San Fernando Mission
  18. San Luis Rey Mission
  19. Santa Ines Mission
  20. San Rafael Mission
  21. San Francisco Solano Mission

California by Region

Carmel Mission Dolores Mission Lompoc Mission San Antonio Mission San Diego Mission San Fernando Mission San Francisco Mission San Gabriel Mission San Jose Mission San Juan Bautista Mission San Juan Capistrano Mission San Luis Obispo Mission San Luis Rey Mission San Miguel Mission San Rafael Mission Santa Barbara Mission Santa Clara Mission Santa Cruz Mission Santa Inez Mission Soledad Mission Ventura Mission San Francisco Los Angeles Orange County San Diego Inland Empire Desert Central Coast Sierra Nevada North Coast Shasta Cascade Gold Country Central Valley