California's first mission was named San Diego de Alcala in honor or Saint Didacus of Alcala. The tiny mission struggled for many years, enduring not only illness and poor crops, but fighting off Indian attacks. After six years, the mission moved from its original location to a new site with fertile soil and fresh water, about six miles up the river.
Visitors will find a restored church built in 1813. You can stroll on the grounds, and visit the church and mission exhibits
The complex's treasures also include Father Serra's room, an original bell and an original Spanish choir stall.
The mission is accessible by automobile or the San Diego Trolley. It's located right by Qualcomm Stadium.