Carmel Mission dates back to 1542, when it was first discovered. But it wasn’t until 1770 that it was formally named and established as a mission. Today, families can get up close with the ancient architecture and artifacts of this now-Roman Catholic mission. Interpretive tours are available.
There’s also a budget-friendly hotel, the Carmel Mission Inn, near this attraction.
The Carmel Mission is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.