Orange County and Catalina Island: Places to Explore


  • Catalina Island

    Just 22 miles out from the L.A. coastline, across from Newport Beach and Long Beach, Catalina has virtually unspoiled mountains, canyons, coves, and beaches; best of all, it gives you a glimpse of...

  • Corona del Mar

    A small jewel on the Pacific Coast, Corona del Mar (known by locals as "CDM") has exceptional beaches that some say resemble their majestic Northern California counterparts. South of CDM is an...

  • Dana Point

    Dana Point’s claim to fame is its small-boat marina tucked into a dramatic natural harbor and surrounded by high bluffs. The early-March Dana Point Festival of the Whales celebrates the passing...

  • Disneyland Resort

    The snowcapped Matterhorn, the centerpiece of the Magic Kingdom, punctuates the skyline of Anaheim. Since 1955, when Walt Disney chose this once-quiet farming community for the site of his first...

  • Huntington Beach

    Once a sleepy residential town with little more than a string of rugged surf shops, Huntington Beach has transformed itself into a resort destination. The town’s appeal is its broad white-sand...

  • Knott's Berry Farm

  • Laguna Beach

    Even the approach tells you that Laguna Beach is exceptional. Driving in along Laguna Canyon Road from the Interstate 405 freeway gives you the chance to cruise through a gorgeous coastal canyon,...

  • Long Beach and San Pedro

  • Newport Beach

    Newport Beach has evolved from a simple seaside village to an icon of chic coastal living. Its ritzy reputation comes from megayachts bobbing in the harbor, boutiques that rival those in Beverly...

  • San Juan Capistrano

    If you arrive by train, which is far more romantic and restful than battling freeway traffic, you’ll be dropped off across from the mission at the San Juan Capistrano depot. With its appealing...


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