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8. Cabrillo National Monument, Calif.

When Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo climbed off his boat and onto land in 1542, it was the first time a European had set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. At the national monument in San Diego, visitors can learn more about Cabrillo's voyage through historical exhibits, take scenic hikes overlooking San Diego Bay and visit the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, one of the original eight on the West Coast. From December through February, Pacific gray whales pass by on their annual migration. Visitors in 2009: 767,687 More info:
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