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Best of Orange County Guide

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Orange County
Much more than simply a base for trips to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, affluent Orange County has fabulous beaches, perfect for surfing and swimming, marvelous marinas for sailing, top-notch golf courses and a Mediterranean climate. Beach towns line the Pacific from Seal Beach to Newport Beach and Laguna Beach to San Clemente. Sights include Mission San Juan Capistrano and the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace. For those not behind the wheel, Metrolink and Amtrak trains link many points.

All things to do » Things to do

Nearby recommended attractions:

Heisler Park
Heisler Park(Laguna Beach)
Attraction type: Parks
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Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano(San Juan Capistrano)
Owner description: Visit the birthplace of Orange County, California Landmark and Museum. The most beautiful mission in the world and renowned for return of the swallows. Guided tours daily and... more Owner description: Visit the birthplace of Orange County, California Landmark and Museum. The most beautiful mission in the world and renowned for return of the swallows. Guided tours daily and audio tour available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Vietnamese. Hands-on activities include California Missions Resource Studio, Curiosity Carts, Native American Basket Weaving, Koi Fish Feeding, and Panning for Gold and Adobe Brick Making. The site itself serves as a living outdoor museum with original buildings constructed by Native Americans in the 18th century including the Serra Chapel, Ruins of the Great Stone Church, and the original padres’ quarters of the South Wing. Relax in peaceful and stunning gardens. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Pageant of the Masters
Pageant of the Masters(Laguna Beach)
Owner description: Located on the Festival of Arts grounds is one of the most unique theatrical productions in the world, the Pageant of the Masters. Watch real people be magically transformed into... more Owner description: Located on the Festival of Arts grounds is one of the most unique theatrical productions in the world, the Pageant of the Masters. Watch real people be magically transformed into life-sized re-creations of famous works of art. A live narrator guides you through the story of each living picture accompanied by a full orchestra. Shows are nightly. There is nothing like it anywhere... only in Laguna Beach. less
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park(Laguna Beach)
Attraction type: State Parks; Beaches
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Anaheim Tour Company
Anaheim Tour Company(Anaheim)
Owner description: The Anaheim Tour Company is a family owned business located in Anaheim. We offer tours including the OC Beach Bus Tour, Grand Tour of Hollywood, Private Tours just for your... more Owner description: The Anaheim Tour Company is a family owned business located in Anaheim. We offer tours including the OC Beach Bus Tour, Grand Tour of Hollywood, Private Tours just for your group and more We also run the Warner Brothers VIP Deluxe Combo Tour with Movie Star Homes from Anaheim, Universal Studios Deluxe Combo Tour to Hollywood including EARLY ARRIVAL to Universal, the Space and Hollywood Tour and now THE WALT TOUR - exploring the life of Walt Disney here in Southern California. Our tours are always 24 guests and less and frequently less than 10 guests because, that makes some of the tours better than anything anyone else here can offer. E-mail us for information or look through our website. Happy Planning! less
Attraction type: Beaches; Private Tours; City Tours; Bus Tours; Sightseeing Tours
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Nearby recommended restaurants:

Montage Lobby Lounge
Montage Lobby Lounge
Ranked #1 of 154 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Drinks
Baci di Firenze Trattoria
Baci di Firenze Trattoria
Ranked #1 of 767 Restaurants in Anaheim
Price: $5 - $42
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Entertaining clients, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Globe - Belgian GastroPub
The Globe - Belgian GastroPub
Ranked #1 of 387 Restaurants in Garden Grove
Price: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Belgian, Brew Pub, International, Pub, Central European
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Tiki Juice Bar
Tiki Juice Bar
Ranked #2 of 767 Restaurants in Anaheim
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night
Sidecar Donuts
Sidecar Donuts
Ranked #1 of 444 Restaurants in Costa Mesa
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Donuts
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Candy Cane Inn
Candy Cane Inn
$85 - $179
Ranked #3 of 115 Hotels in Anaheim
Beachcomber Inn
2.0 of 5
Beachcomber Inn
$100 - $225
Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in San Clemente
Ayres Hotel & Suites in Costa Mesa - Newport Beach
3.5 of 5
Ayres Hotel & Suites in Costa Mesa - Newport Beach
$121 - $220
Ranked #1 of 23 Hotels in Costa Mesa
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel
2.5 of 5
Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel
$224 - $323
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Newport Beach
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Casa Laguna Inn & Spa
3.5 of 5
Casa Laguna Inn & Spa
$219 - $431
Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in Laguna Beach
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Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley/Huntington Beach
3.0 of 5
Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley/Huntington Beach
$154 - $228
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Fountain Valley
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Montage Laguna Beach
5.0 of 5
Montage Laguna Beach
$813 - $2,154
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Laguna Beach
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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
$304 - $512
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Huntington Beach
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Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5
Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel
$237 - $586
Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Huntington Beach
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.