ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA VACATION PACKAGES
In Orange County, there are many things you can discover like the newly expanded, family-fun park, Disneyland®, Knott’s Berry Farm® and more. Each locale, including Anaheim, offers entertaining performances, thrilling rides and the sheer pleasure of being a kid again.
Dining & Nightlife
Around The Disneyland® Resort, you’ll find hundreds of favorite and well-recognized names. The Downtown Disney® District is also jam-packed with restaurants. The Cannery, in Newport Beach is a former cannery building now serving fish rather than packing it. You can choose to sit at the sushi bar, the dining room or on the patio. Las Brisas in Laguna Beach is a lovely Mexican restaurant on a cliff. Come for the food, stay for the views. Great quesadillas and numerous margaritas to choose from; the Emerald is highly recommended. The outdoor patio is the perfect spot to sit in the sun, or watch the sunset.
Yard House is one of the best outdoor dining venues in Long Beach, and has one of the world’s largest selections of draft beers, served up in yards, half-yards and pints. Urth Café on Melrose Avenue serves up the frothiest cappuccinos and celebrity sightings. Grab a latte inside the crowded space then sit outside for hours and read.
For nightlife in Anaheim, the place to be is The Downtown Disney® District.
Shopping is a serious pastime in Los Angeles, and nowhere else is shopping defined by a single street like Rodeo Drive. The top names in fashion and jewelry can be found here and the people watching is free. Other areas to shop ‘til you drop include Hollywood Boulevard for souvenirs; Melrose Avenue for high-end shopping; La Brea Avenue for anything art deco, arts and crafts, 1950s and more; Sunset Strip for outrageous fashions and accessories; and West Third Street for trendy finds.
Markets — farmer and flea — are fun to explore. The oldest of all is the Fairfax District farmers market. The Rose Bowl Flea Market takes place on the second Sunday of every month, and features beautiful antiques and new furniture.
There are a lot of festivals and events in this area, including: the Rose Bowl Parade on January 1 in Pasadena; Chinese New Year Celebration in January or February; Annual Newport Beach Jazz Festival in mid-February; Concours d’Elegance Annual Car Show in early June; and Balloon and Wine Festival in June. The Getty Villa holds 23 rooms and galleries of artifacts from the Greeks. Free jazz concerts are held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in its Central Court on Friday evenings, April – December.
Write in advance to the studio and you can probably contact local studios to get tickets to watch your favorite TV show being filmed. Most filming for current TV shows is done between August and March; after that, studios start filming pilots.
Griffith Observatory is a state-of-the-art planetarium, with a 200-seat theater and exhibits.
Golf & Recreation
The Los Angeles area has more than 100 golf courses, including seven 18-hole courses and three 9-hole courses that are run by the city. Three of the best public courses are inside Griffith Park. The best thing about the public courses are that greens fees on weekends are under $30.
Deep-sea fishing charters are available from early December to late March at Dana Point and Newport Beach, at the Balboa Pavilion. There is a 22-mile paved biking trail that runs from Pacific Palisades in the north to Torrance in the south. For mountain biking, the best place to go is Malibu State Park with its 15 miles of trails.
Anaheim/Los Angeles is somewhat immune to extreme temperatures and humidity due to the mountain ranges to its north and east. The ocean breezes keep the area cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Disneyland Resort Express is a shuttle that runs every hour from both the Los Angeles Airport and the Orange County Airport to Disneyland®, available for a fee from Southern California Grayline. Transfers are not included with your vacation package to the Los Angeles area or Anaheim. To get to your hotel, shared vans line up outside the terminal to take you to any location within the city. Airport hotels may also provide free shuttle service.
By far the best way to travel around Anaheim, or the vast metropolitan area of Los Angeles, is by car. Taxis are a good transportation option for shorter journeys, as longer rides can become very expensive. Hailing a cab is best done in the downtown area and at major hotels. A better option is to have your hotel call one for you.
Buses can be a good way to travel for short jaunts within the city. Longer journeys can require numerous transfers, and some areas may not even be served by buses. There are three metro lines that run throughout Los Angeles. They serve most commuter routes, and are not especially convenient for tourists. However, the red line does go to Hollywood and Universal City.
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