Explore the Great Outdoors
Welcome to Irvine, California! The urban community is often recognized for livability, with planned communities, globally inspired cuisine, and plein-air shopping. It’s also a wonderful destination for travelers who want to be at the heart of it all. John Wayne Airport (SNA) is conveniently located just minutes from most Irvine hotels.
The Great Park
The modern city park offers recreation for everyone! In addition to public playgrounds and greenspace, Irvine’s Great Park is home to an ice skating rink, sports complex, and music venue. See the entire park plus surrounding Orange County from the sky as you ride in the Great Park Balloon, a tethered balloon that takes riders 400 feet in the air.
Hiking and Biking Trails
Explore gorgeous Southern California year round with Irvine’s 16,500 acres of open space (that’s about ⅓ of the city). These preserved spaces in the middle of Orange County transport hikers and cyclists to worlds away.
Wild Rivers Water Park
Splash away the day at Wild Rivers Water Park. The recently revamped park features over 20 rides in the 20-acre park. Float along the lazy river or plunge down a covered flume. Private cabanas are available to rent for a personal oasis. Plus you’ll find numerous restaurants and beverage kiosks.
Take a wagon ride with the family through Tanaka Farms for a flavorful tour of an active farm. Sample freshly grown produce or attend a cookout for a hilltop feast. During the holidays, the farm offers a unique celebration, Hikari or The Festival of Lights.
The full spectrum of shopping experiences awaits you in Irvine. A favorite is the Irvine Spectrum Center, an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. The curated shops along paved paseos makes for a fabulous day of SoCal shopping. The center also includes a wide array of dining options, plus movie theater, giant Ferris wheel, and outdoor play spaces.
Your passport to diverse dishes will lead you to Irvine’s rich food scene. Explore Cuban cuisine at Habana, MICHELIN’s Bib Gourmand Hiro Nori Craft Ramen for Japanese ramen, or Il Fornaio for Italian. We may argue that brunch is the most important meal of the day, especially in Irvine. Grab a table at Bosscat Kitchen & Libations or Breakfast Republic. A reminder that food can be fun comes from the highly Instagrammable Hello Kitty Cafe.
A hub for adventure seekers, foodies, and history buffs, make Buena Park your next destination. 5 minutes from the Disneyland ® Resort, Buena Park is centrally located in northern Orange County. The entertainment hotspot is a must-visit for those looking to add hair-raising thrills, delightful dishes, and historical interest to their itineraries.
Located just minutes from famous Orange County beaches, Costa Mesa welcomes you with a vibrant array of performing arts and public art on display, a killer foodie scene and diverse shopping, from the world’s top fashion designers to unique local goods.
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.
The San Juan Capistrano Mission was the first European settlement in what is now the state of California, back when it was still New Spain. You could say, this mission is where the story of the state as we know it began and history buffs won’t want to skip a visit to this historic settler church.
Nicknamed the "Downtown of Orange County," Santa Ana is brimming with richly diverse experiences. Come walk the lively streets of our historic downtown. Bask in the colors of vibrant murals and art, savor the flavors of authentic cuisine, and explore a world of experiences at our famed festivals.
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.