Cabrillo National Monument offers a superb view of San Diego’s harbor and skyline and includes Old Point Loma Lighthouse, a San Diego icon since 1854. As for the history of this remarkable monument: On September 28, 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed at San Diego Bay. This event marked the first time that a European expedition had set foot on what later became the west coast of the United States. His accomplishments were memorialized on October 14, 1913 with the establishment of Cabrillo National Monument. A statue and museum in the Visitor Center commemorate Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s exploration of the coast of California’s coast.