Going on a First Grader's Mission in Santa Barbara, California
Admittedly, going to the Old Mission Santa Barbara feels a bit like going on a first grader’s field trip, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Santa Barbara, after all, was heavily influenced by the Spanish, and nowhere is that more apparent than at the Old Mission. Established in 1786, the mission continues today, more than 200 years later, as a church for Franciscan friars. A solemn and thoughtful tour through the grounds will take you through a peaceful garden, a humbling church, and a fascinating cemetery. There’s nothing elementary here.