Popularly known as “The OC,” Orange County is the heart and soul of Southern California. A world-class visitor destination of fun bordered by Los Angeles to the north, San Diego to the south, the Pacific Ocean on the west, and the Inland Empire on the East. The ultimate in California dreaming, this area offers sun-soaked adventures in a land of endless summers. Warm sunshine, swaying palm trees and breathtaking ocean views create a relaxed lifestyle where shorts, sandals and sunglasses are always in season. With its sparkling beaches, luxurious resorts, exciting theme parks and unlimited opportunities for shopping and dining, Orange County offers opportunities for everyone.
A playground for families, Orange County contains theme parks where fun and fantasy reign. See Cinderella’s Castle and Mickey Mouse at the world-famous Disneyland® Resort. Disney's California Adventure offers thrilling rides and spectacular shows. Meet Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang at Knott’s Berry Farm. Cool off at Knott’s Soak City or Wild Rivers Waterpark in Irvine.
This region also offers opportunities for hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, road biking, mountain biking, horseback riding, climbing, picnicking, and camping. Ecological reserves thrive along the coastlines and wetlands, eastward to the wildlife sanctuaries in the canyons and inland hills. Skin dive in kelp beds rich with sea life off Doheny State Beach. Explore Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, a relatively untouched wilderness within the 400-square-mile Cleveland National Forest. Or just kick back and fish for halibut off one of the county's many public piers.
Stunning ocean views at Monarch Beach and Pelican Hill and the challenging slopes at Aneheim Hills showcase some of the most diverse golf courses in California. The U.S. Open of Surfing is held each year in Huntington Beach. Sunsets fade to dressy nights on the town amongst the stars, the celestial and the famous kind. Shopping, dining, and night life range from bohemian to vogue, restful to rockin’. Artists and performers color the neighborhoods of the OC during its numerous festivals and celebrations. Quintessential California, Orange County has it all.
Popular destinations include; the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach, Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, the South Coast Plaza-the largest mall in California, Limestone Canyon Wilderness Park, Santa Catalina Island, the Bowes Museum in Santa Ana, Laguna Beach’s 7 miles of picturesque coastline, and of course Disneyland.