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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.

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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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San Clemente Coastal Trail
San Clemente Coastal Trail(San Clemente)
Attraction type: Hiking Trails
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Disney California Adventure Park
Disney California Adventure Park(Anaheim)
Owner description: Experience the thrill of the an old wooden rollercoaster, but with modern twists, turns and technology, at "California Screamin." Or enjoy a live performance by your favorite... more Owner description: Experience the thrill of the an old wooden rollercoaster, but with modern twists, turns and technology, at "California Screamin." Or enjoy a live performance by your favorite characters at Disney's newest theme park, featuring a slew of exciting rides and family entertainment. less
Attraction type: Amusement & Theme Parks; Disney Parks & Activities
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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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All places to eat » Places to eat

Nearby recommended restaurants:

Baci di Firenze Trattoria
Baci di Firenze Trattoria
Ranked #1 of 793 Restaurants in Anaheim
Price: $5 - $42
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, 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
Tiki Juice Bar
Tiki Juice Bar
Ranked #2 of 793 Restaurants in Anaheim
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Drinks, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch
Montage Lobby Lounge
Montage Lobby Lounge
Ranked #1 of 156 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Late Night
Nick's Laguna Beach
Nick's Laguna Beach
Ranked #2 of 156 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Price: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Wine Bar
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
Ranked #3 of 793 Restaurants in Anaheim
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Lunch

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Beachcomber Inn
2.0 of 5
Beachcomber Inn
$100 - $225
Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in San Clemente
Candy Cane Inn
Candy Cane Inn
$85 - $179
Ranked #2 of 115 Hotels in Anaheim
BEST WESTERN PLUS Marina Shores Hotel
2.5 of 5
BEST WESTERN PLUS Marina Shores Hotel
$109 - $253
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Dana Point
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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
$172 - $290
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Newport Beach
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Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley/Huntington Beach
3.0 of 5
Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley/Huntington Beach
$166 - $237
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Fountain Valley
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Ayres Hotel Orange
2.5 of 5
Ayres Hotel Orange
$166 - $218
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Orange
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Montage Laguna Beach
5.0 of 5
Montage Laguna Beach
$752 - $1,253
Ranked #2 of 22 Hotels in Laguna Beach
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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
$267 - $495
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
$228 - $429
Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Huntington Beach
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