Orange County and Catalina Island

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  • 1. Casino

    Building/Architectural Site

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

  • 2. Crystal Cove State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

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

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  • 3. 1,000 Steps Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Off South Coast Highway at 9th Street, 1,000 Steps Beach is a hard-to-find spot tucked away in a neighborhood with great waves and hard-packed...Read More

  • 4. Balboa Island

    Neighborhood/Street

    This sliver of terra firma in Newport Harbor boasts quaint streets tightly packed with impossibly charming multimillion-dollar cottages. The...Read More

  • 5. Bolsa Chica State Beach

    Beach–Sight

    In the northern section of the city, Bolsa Chica State Beach is usually less crowded than its southern neighbors. The sand is somewhat gritty...Read More

  • 6. Casino Point Dive Park

    Beach–Sight

    In front of the Casino are the crystal-clear waters of the Casino Point Dive Park, a protected marine preserve where moray eels, bat rays, spiny...Read More

  • 7. Catalina Island Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 8. Corona del Mar State Beach

    Corona del Mar | Beach–Sight

    This beach is actually made up of two beaches, Little Corona and Big Corona, separated by a cliff. Both have soft, golden-hue sand. Facilities...Read More

  • 9. Crystal Cove Promenade

    Store/Shop/Mall

    Adding to Orange County's overwhelming supply of high-end shopping and dining is Crystal Cove Promenade, which might be described as the toniest...Read More

  • 10. Dana Point Harbor

    Marina/Pier/Dock

    This harbor was first described more than 100 years ago by its namesake, Richard Henry Dana, in his book Two Years Before the Mast. At the...Read More

  • 11. Doheny State Beach

    Beach–Sight

    At the south end of Dana Point, Doheny State Beach is one of Southern California's top surfing destinations, but there's a lot more to do within...Read More

  • 12. Huntington Beach Pier

    Marina/Pier/Dock

    This municipal pier stretches 1,856 feet out to sea, well past the powerful waves that gave Huntington Beach the title of "Surf City U.S.A....Read More

  • 13. Huntington State Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This state beach also has 200 fire pits, so it's popular day and night. There are changing rooms, concession stands, lifeguards, Wi-Fi access...Read More

  • 14. Newport Harbor

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    Sheltering nearly 16,000 small boats, Newport Harbor may seduce even those who don't own a yacht. Spend an afternoon exploring the charming...Read More

  • 15. Newport Pier

    Marina/Pier/Dock

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

  • 16. Ruby's

    Restaurant–Sight

    At the end of Huntington Beach Pier sits Ruby's, part of a California chain of 1940s-style burger joints. Try the Cobb, with bacon and slices...Read More

  • 17. The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove

    Newport Coast | Restaurant–Sight

    Beach culture flourishes in the Crystal Cove Historic District's restaurant, the Beachcomber at Crystal Cove. The umbrella-laden deck is just...Read More

  • 18. Wood's Cove

    Beach–Sight

    Off South Coast Highway, Wood's Cove is especially quiet during the week. Big rock formations hide lurking crabs. This is a prime scuba-diving...Read More

  • 19. Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

    Two miles south of the bay is Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden, home to plants native to Southern California. Several grow only on Catalina...Read More

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