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Mission San Francisco Solano

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Address: 114 Spain St. at First St., Spain, Sonoma, CA
Phone Number: +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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 October 2016
Petaluma, California
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Sonoma, California
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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Tuckerton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This is the last mission on the California Mission Trail. It was rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake but is just beautiful and serene inside. The museum tells the story of the 21 missions built in California. Very interesting and only $3. admission.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

This is by no means the best of the California missions, but it holds the distinction of being the furthest north. It is a very good place to visit and enjoys a great location in Sonoma Plaza.

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

This is one of the more basic and smaller missions and nothing like The prettier Santa Barbara or San Diego missions, but the historic value and fact that is the last on the trail make it worth visiting. Guided tours are available at 10:00 a.m., but I have visited 6 other California missions, so I skipped the tour. If you... More 

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

I caught the walking tour of this interesting mission, which was rebuilt from bits of foundation thanks to earthquakes over the centuries. Thanks to historians and people who care of such things, the Mission was reconstructed and built as we think it must have been like. The walking tour was interesting though our guide was only familiar with this Mission,... More 

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