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Mission San Francisco Solano

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Address: 114 Spain St. at First St., Spain, Sonoma, CA
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+1 707-938-1519
10:00 - 17:00
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This mission is noted for having been founded under Mexican rule.

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End of the Mission Trail

This the last and Northernmost Mission of the California Mission Trail. A little different than many of the other missions, it is fairly plain and not as ornate as others... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
San Marcos, California
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San Marcos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This the last and Northernmost Mission of the California Mission Trail. A little different than many of the other missions, it is fairly plain and not as ornate as others. Nonetheless it is definitely worth the visit.

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Ocean, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stop by for an interesting review of the early history of the area at the mission and neighboring barracks. Informative exhibits and early architecture

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to many of the Missions of California, and found this "one" to be different than all the others. All the missions of California were established by Spanish settlers. All that is, except this one. MIssion Solana was the last mission established and by the time this one was, the entire area was under the rule of Mexico, not... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

What remains of the mission, the Vallejo barracks and the hotel/museum is worth visiting. You can also see a short film on the life and times of general Vallejo and California's independence from Mexico.

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Sonoma, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

The last mission on the trail, has a wonderful history, museum and barracks! Outdoor activities at special events & the holidays. If you pay to go in, its also good for General Vallejo's home about a half mile down the road. Its a must see, and check out the turtles sunbathing up at the pond at Vallejo's house.

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Danville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Don't miss this--very worth it! You can stay as long or short as you want but the history will draw you in!

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Of the few Missions we visited this felt the nearest toits original state. A good exhibition of paintings of the missions on the trail. Helpful custodians who give you a tour sheet and will explain items if you ask. Small gift shop. Lovely old chapel. The thing that raised this to a 5 rating was that the inner courtyard was... More 

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Petaluma, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The mission is small and it won't take much time to see the entire place, but it's right on the Sonoma Plaza so it's definitely worth taking in if you're visiting Sonoma. Beautiful small chapel with interesting historical artifacts.

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

I am now inspired to follow the Camino Real from San Diego all the way to Sonoma on foot. Can I do that? There is a beautiful collection of watercolors of the California Missions circa 1905 that is on display here that really need to be preserved and published in a book.

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Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

The Mission San Francisco Solano is located in Sonoma proper right off the main square. It is a fine example of classic Spanish Mission architecture and they charge a small fee to tour the inside. The paintings and colorful frescoes on the interior walls are really spectacular; with the chapel and it's decorated alter being truly inspiring. The Mission and... More 

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