From sunny beaches to majestic mountains, California is the perfect road trip state! The Golden State invites you to turn up the jams and hit the road.
In a recent poll of 2,000 travelers conducted by One Poll, 61% of respondents shared they’re hoping to take more road trips in 2021. Limited travel last year due to Covid-19 was cited for the dip in driving vacations. With California poised to fully reopen in time for summer fun, it’s time to plan your in-state travel. The average traveler hasn’t left their home state in 3 ½ years. With so much to see and do in California, we understand why they wouldn’t want to leave.
44% of people polled shared that it is not the destination that matters as much as the journey along the way. If you’re headed south to San Diego or north to San Francisco, Anaheim is the perfect pit stop for California road trips. There’s always something new to explore, whether it be a debut dish at an Anaheim eatery or themed attraction at the Disneyland Resort.
President & CEO of Visit Anaheim Jay Burress said, “We love seeing California as the best state for a road trip because from our theme parks to our professional sports to our craft breweries and eclectic dining, California and Anaheim specifically have everything you’re looking for to create memories that will last a lifetime.”
5 Things to Do when Pit Stopping in Anaheim
Add Magic to Your Miles
The magic is back! The Disneyland Resort is now open to Californians. Equal parts nostalgic and brand new, there’s so much to explore when your pitstop includes pixie dust. Head to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to ride Rise of the Resistance and climb aboard the Millennium Falcon to compare your MPH to PPH (parsecs per hour). Disney California Adventure is calling all heroes to explore the new Avengers Campus including the newest attraction, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure.
Make sure to check out ways to save on stays near the Disneyland Resort to max out your magic.
Fuel Up at the Anaheim Packing House
Your car needs gas, you need eclectic foodie finds at the Anaheim Packing House. Stretch your legs while strolling the two-story historic citrus packing plant that now houses an artisan food hall. From soul food to sushi, there’s something for every appetite. You can grab a to-go gelato pop from PopBar or a slice of vegan pizza from Healthy Junk. It’s a must-visit for fueling your body and your Instagram feed.
Root for the Home Team
Summer road trips are a home run when you add a game to the itinerary. Cheer on the Anaheim Angels and Shohei Ohtani at the Big A. The only traffic you’ll hope to see there is a back-up as Angels round home plate.
Brew New Adventures
Good times are brewing in Anaheim, home to dozens of craft breweries. Take a day off from driving to explore the La Palma Beer Trail. Drink like a local at Gold Road Brewery, Modern Times, Unsung Brewery Co. or the new Radiant Brewery. Your vacation can easily become a beercation in Anaheim.
Shop for Souvenirs
Don’t go home empty-handed! Shop for souvenirs at Downtown Disney, the open-air retail and dining district open to the public. Score some steals and deals at the Outlets at Orange or shop till you drop at the nearby South Coast Plaza with designer boutiques. The Anaheim GardenWalk is centrally located for fabulous finds as well.