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San Diego

Cabrillo National Monument

Located at the southern tip of Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego, this Monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay in 1542. This event marked the first ever European expedition setting foot on the West Coast of United States. The statue of Cabrillo, looking out over the bay, was executed by sculptor Alvaro de Bree. The sandstone monument is 14 feet tall and weighs 14,000 pounds. The 160-acre monument site contains one of the original lighthouses built on the west coast and remnants of World War I and II coastal defenses. The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is the highest point in the park that has been an icon since 1854. Visitors may enter the lighthouse and view some of the living areas. The adjacent museum screens a film about Cabrillo`s voyage and has exhibits about the expedition. The park`s activities are supported by Cabrillo National Monument Foundation. Do not miss the great vantage point to see the annual gray whale migration.