Cabrillo National Monument in Images

Why this is one of the few times in the year you can climb to the top of the lighthouse on Point Loma and get an amazing view.

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You can visit the monument 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year, even on holidays.
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On Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, the 157th anniversary of the Point Loma Lighthouse was marked with tours of the normally closed tower, lantern and gallery.
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Living History interpreters roamed the grounds and provided visitors with more information about life on Point Loma when the lighthouse was first built.
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The view from the top.
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The Open Tower Day event is one of only two days each year where the tower to the lighthouse is open to the public.
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Another image of the view from the top.
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You can take a self-guided tour of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse other days of the year.
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It's one of the more popular tourist destinations in San Diego but how much do you really know about the Cabrillo National Monument? Here are 13 facts that may surprise you.
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Cabrillo National Monument is the most southwesterly spot in the contiguous United States.
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Though it is uncertain whether Cabrillo actually set foot on the land thatnis now included in the park, his landing site and areas he visited withinnSan Diego Bay are visible from the outstanding vistas afforded from thenmonument.
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You can get married at the park. The Bluff Event site requires just $75 to reserve and it’s on a first come, first served basis. Get more information here.
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The light from the Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument could be seen by mariners 39 miles out to sea.
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The coastal sage scrub habitat found at Cabrillo National Monument is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world.
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Kids can get a free “Just for Kids” newspaper just by asking at the Visitor Center. Return to the center, answer some questions, and get a free Junior Ranger badge.
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If you want to visit the tidepool area during your visit, call ahead. At (619) 557-5450, extension “0” you’ll find tide information and visibility conditions for the Point Loma area.
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There is no entrance fee for educational groups studying the resources within the park. For more information on how to obtain an educational fee waiver, visit the park’s website.
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Being the only federally protected tidepools on the southern Californianmainland, the intertidal zone at Cabrillo National Monument protects anvariety of sea life that is considered rare or endangered.
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Tens of thousands of visitors come to the park during the migration season fromnlate December through early March to catch a glimpse of migrating whales.
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To visit: Cabrillo National Monument on 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106-3601.
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Mid-January is the peak of the migration, but the Grays are visible from mid- to late December through March. The heights around the park's Whale Overlook and Old Point Loma Lighthouse offer the best viewing. Bring binoculars if you have them: binoculars make viewing much easier and more enjoyable. A limited number of binoculars are available with a picture ID at the Visitor Center during whale season; ask for them at the information desk.
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Volunteers at Cabrillo National Monument have the opportunity to do many things, like monitoring the health of the park's tidepools.
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