M is for the California Missions established by the catholic priests, the first 9 of the 21 missions founded by Fr. Junipero Serra. Fr. Serra was beatified by Pope John Paul 11 on 9/25/88 and canonised by Pope Francis 9/23/15.
(1) Mission San Diego de Alcala - founder July 16, 1769 in San Diego, CA
(2) Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo - founded June 3, 1770 in Carmel, CA - the most popular.
(6) Mission San Francisco de Asis - founded June 29, 1776 in San Francisco, CA - better known as Mission Dolores.
I don't want to make this long, so if you want to read about the other missions I visited, click here. I intend to continue my quest to visit all 21 of the missions. Fingers crossed.