Anaheim, California — the heart of Orange County. Where the Angels® and the Anaheim Ducks® duke it out, where Mickey and his pals reside, and where the sun shines year-round. From exhilarating thrills to laid-back eats, few cities match up to what Anaheim has to offer. In fact, staying in Anaheim puts you in the middle of all of Southern California’s highlights without the gridlock traffic of more metropolitan areas like Los Angeles or San Diego. Truth is, any trip to Southern California would not be complete without some time in Anaheim.
Exploring the City
Anaheim is a mid-sized city, but it boasts the culture and excitement of California’s major metros.
Known for family-friendly attractions like Disneyland® Park, Disney California Adventure® Park, and Knott’s Berry Farm®, Anaheim also offers delightful options for all travelers. From delicious cuisine at the Anaheim Packing House, to an ice-cold beer at the Packard Building, a visit to Anaheim’s historical Packing District is a can’t miss.
But that’s not all! The choices for dining in Anaheim cover cuisines from around the world and the craft brewing scene here is among the most dynamic on the West Coast.
Shopping in Anaheim offers more than your usual pacing through ordinary malls. The Anaheim GardenWalk is part shopping center, part green promenade, perfect for taking in the California sun. And if you’re looking for your favorite brands at a great price, the Outlets at Orange are the place to be.
The Beautiful Outdoors
In addition to its vibrant city life, Anaheim is close to beautiful beaches and snowy mountaintops. And though it’s near two of America’s largest cities, you don’t have to go anywhere else to find inspiring scenery.
Within Anaheim city limits, visitors can find a river, lakes and mountain foothills. Anaheim is also home to many great parks and nature areas where travelers can get a breath of fresh air. Walk along the Santa Ana River where locals can often be found fishing or jogging. Alongside the river is Yorba Linda Regional Park, which features four lakes, and hundreds of picnic tables offering opportunities for water recreation or just a contemplative escape.
And if you’re into hiking, head up into the Anaheim Hills to hike the forest trails of Oak Canyon Nature Center.
Meet in Style
Here for a conference or event? The Anaheim Convention Center is the largest convention center on the West Coast and is adjacent to the Downtown Disney® District and many of the best Anaheim hotels. Whether you need conference rooms, a business center, reliable WiFi, or simply a comfortable lobby to meet your team, Anaheim has you covered. Best of all? Everything you need is easy to walk to — giving you comfortable and connected options for all your business needs.
Staying in Anaheim is perfect for travelers that want to be close to all of Southern California’s greatest hits. Anaheim is at the center of it all.
Dana Point remains an overlooked treasure in Southern California. While the state is known for its fast-paced cities and thrilling attractions, Dana Point is where you go for a more relaxed pace of travel. You can walk along the beaches that surround the quaint village that has sprung up around them.
Just on the other side of Anaheim’s Harbor Boulevard lies Garden Grove. Garden Grove is a vibrant Southern California city in the middle of all the action.
There are many great surf towns on the Orange County coast, but few are as famous as Huntington Beach. In fact, Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City USA, hosts the annual Vans US Open of Surfing.
A trip to Orange County isn’t complete without a visit to Laguna Beach. Laguna is a refined upscale beach city, regularly listed as one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. It’s the Hollywood star residents and their ocean-view mansions that have earned this area’s nickname, “The Gold Coast.”
From strolling around Balboa Island grabbing a frozen banana to basking in the seaside charm, Newport Beach is Orange County’s most family-friendly beach city.
Just across the Santa Ana River is the City of Orange, a unique piece of city planning. The center of the city is situated around a roundabout and is shaped like, you guessed it, an orange! The circle surrounds Plaza Park, which is the heart of Orange and the site of the annual Orange International Street Fair.
While Orange County is one of the most urbanized parts of California, San Clemente is where the development takes a little break. Here, the Pacific Coast Highway enters a long stretch of emptiness and the traffic of I-5 becomes a bit more relaxed. The beaches here are less crowded, have great surfing, are relatively quiet and many feature seaside campsites.
Seal Beach is the first taste of Orange County that travelers get when they are driving down the coast. Just off the Pacific Coast Highway, visitors can catch a glance at the iconic wooden Seal Beach Pier and head straight to Main Street, which features dozens of shops and eateries along a picturesque strip that’s just a few blocks long.