In 1542, Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay under the Spanish flag becoming the first European to discover California. Perched high atop the cliffs of Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument commemorates that historic landing. It also boasts spectacular views of San Diego Bay, downtown and the surrounding region—so lay down that blanket and get picnicking! On a clear day, you can even see the hills of Tijuana, Mexico in the distance. After lunch, take time to check out the quaint exhibit hall next to the monument, which is dedicated to the life of the charismatic explorer.