El Camino Real

“The Royal Road” / “The King’s Highway”

Officially, the name of “El Camino Real” may refer to portions of U.S. Route 101, California State Route 1, California State Route 82 in the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego County Route S11 in northern San Diego County.

An historic 600-mile (965-kilometer) road connecting the 21 Spanish missions in “Alta California,” along with a number of sub-missions, four presidios, and three pueblos, stretching at its southern end from the San Diego area Mission San Diego de Alcalá to the trail’s northern terminus at Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma, just above San Francisco Bay. When California was part of Mexico the highway actually began in Baja California Sur, at the site of Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó, present day Loreto, The El Camino Real is not to be confused with the older El Camino Real that runs through Texas ( El Camino Real de los Tejas) and connects Mexico City to Louisiana.