If you're ever traveling from L.A. to San Diego and would love to take a little side trip, the mission in San Juan Capistrano is a perfect choice. The mission was founded around 1770 and is a great place to explore beautiful architecture and quaint, well manicured gardens. The ground can take a couple of hours to fully explore but most of the major attractions can be seen in 30 minutes. The admission cost is $9.00 for adults, but a lower rate for children and senior citizens. The mission is just west off of I5 and directions are well marked.