Orange County and Catalina Island Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Orange County and Catalina Island - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Avalon 6

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  • Building/Architectural Site

This circular white structure is one of the finest examples of art deco architecture anywhere. Its Spanish-inspired floors and murals...

Catalina Island Museum

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The exterior of the Catalina Island Museum is a nod to Catalina Island's developer William Wrigley Jr.—it's modeled after Wrigley Field...

Crystal Cove State Park

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Midway between Corona del Mar and Laguna, Crystal Cove State Park is a favorite of local beachgoers and wilderness trekkers. It encompasses...


  • Amusement Park/Water Park

An imaginative original, Disneyland was an unproven concept when it opened in 1955. But Walt Disney himself could never have predicted...

Green Pleasure Pier

  • Marina/Pier/Dock

Head to the Green Pleasure Pier for a good vantage point of Avalon. On the pier you can find the visitor information, snack stands, and...

International Surfing Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Just up Main Street from Huntington Pier, the International Surfing Museum pays tribute to the sport's greats with an impressive collection...

Laguna Art Museum

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This museum displays American art, with an emphasis on California artists from all periods. Special exhibits change quarterly. ...

Mission San Juan Capistrano

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Founded in 1776 by Father Junípero Serra (consecrated as St. Serra), Mission San Juan Capistrano was one of two Roman Catholic outposts...


  • Museum/Gallery

Encompassing a Carnegie Library building dating from 1908, this stunning 25,000-square-foot exhibition space hosts touring art and cultural...

Newport Pier

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Jutting out into the ocean near 20th Street, Newport Pier is a popular fishing spot. Street parking is difficult, so grab the first space...


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