Photo by Jeffrey Greenberg
Between 1769 and 1823, twenty-one missions were built throughout California. Eleven are located in the Central Coast—the largest concentration of California missions—and many are still active churches. Why not take a road trip and see them all? Here is a list of California’s Central Coast missions by region:
SANTA BARBARA REGION
Santa Barbara: Founded by Padre Fermín de Lasuén in 1786, it is the tenth California Mission. Often referred to as the “Queen of the Missions”. 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. More Information here.
Santa Ines: Founded by Padre Estéban Tápis in 1804, it is the nineteenth California Mission. Known as “The Mission of the Passes” for its location between Santa Barbara and Lompoc. 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463. More information here.
San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo: Founded by Padre Junipero Serra in 1770, it is the second California Mission. Known as “The Crown Jewel” of the mission system. 3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923. More information here.
San Juan Bautista: Founded by Padre Fermín de Lasuén in 1797, it is the fifteenth California Mission. It was featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, Vertigo. 2nd & Mariposa Streets, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045. More information here.