Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources.

On our last day in San Diego, Trey and I visited Cabrillo National Monument on the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula. We toured the museum, watched a video on whales, checked out the scenic overlooks, and visited the old Lighthouse. We also found the little museum dedicated to heavy artillery – back in World War 2 bunkers were installed along the peninsula as part of the nation’s coastal defense system. Trey was a big fan of the big guns.

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