Other than the Disney resort area, Angel Stadium and the Honda Center (formerly called The Pond), there wasn't much to Anaheim before the multi billion dollar renovation of and resultant Anaheim Resort.  There have been lots of new hotels that have opened recently and the Anaheim Garden Walk shopping and dining district is now open. Also, the Convention Center is now the largest such facility on the West Coast. Downtown is, once again, thriving with redevelopment and the Anaheim Museum is a wonderful place to view historic photos of the town that was once Strawberry Fields and is now one of the most popular destinations in the World!  Even areas on Katella between the 5 and 57 freeway have been razed for new multi-functional housing and shops. 

Fullerton, 3 miles to the north has a nice old downtown with its thriving SOCO restaurant district. Old Town Orange is 3 miles to the East and has a charming antique district with amazing finds in wonderful stores.  Newport Beach is 14 miles to the west on Harbor or the Interstate 5 South to the 55 South which turns into Newport Blvd and takes you right onto the Newport Peninsula.