Road trips from Southern California: Los Angeles
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Mission San Juan Capistrano( Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / May 8, 2012 )
2. Mission San Juan Capistrano. Mission San Juan Capistrano, which went up about the time George Washington and company were signing the Declaration of Independence, is famous for the swallows that return every spring. Unfortunately, most of those swallows have ditched the mission in favor of a country club in San Bernardino County. Bummer. But you'll want to stop in SJC all the same, because the mission grounds are still atmospheric (and less spattered), and Los Rios Street, which runs alongside the tracks near the town's Amtrak/Metrolink station, might be the oldest surviving residential street in the state, with adobes and Victorians, a nursery and a teahouse.
Pictured: Blooms surround the walls of Mission San Juan Capistrano, which is famous for the swallows that return every spring.