In a little city called Anaheim you’ll find the theme park that’s sometimes called “the happiest place on Earth”: Disneyland. Meet your favourite Disney character and try out a variety of unique and exciting rides, from a Caterpillar ride through Alice’s Wonderland to a speeding rocket trip into space to an elevator plummeting to the Twilight Zone. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, be sure to visit Knott’s Berry Farm, where you’ll find hair-raising rollercoasters, thrill rides with names like Supreme Scream, and a water park called Knott’s Soak City too.
You just have to look at the names of Orange County’s cities to figure out that there are plenty of beaches here. Huntington Beach (also known as “Surf City USA”) is the ideal place to take a surfing lesson, kick back in a surfer bar or check out the Huntington Beach Pier – a local icon. Newport Beach has waves fit for pro-surfers, excellent boutique shopping and the charming little man-made island of Balboa Island. Laguna Beach has art galleries, summertime art festivals and a seven-mile stretch of sand complete with clear blue water and tucked-away coves.
For history buffs, there’s Mission San Juan Capistrano, a former Spanish mission now a historic museum with 10 acres of gardens boasting fountains and sculptures.
In Orange County, you can experience the Spectrum: the Irvine Spectrum Centre is a huge outdoor shopping mall with heaps of shops and restaurants. Orange County is full of unique dining options, including seaside dining, international cuisine and even quaint vintage diners.
To get started, book a cheap flight to Los Angeles. Chances are you’ll want to include the City of Angels on your trip, so book one of our LA hotels too. From L.A you can catch a train, take a bus or hire a car to get to Orange County. Book your Orange County accommodation with us for the perfect California getaway.
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