At the heart of Orange County in the totally gorgeous and sunny California
, Anaheim is a vibrant yet laid-back piece of the USA that’s super popular with travellers. A mixed bag of sights, this creative-spirited city is a fab spot for arts and culture, thrills and theme parks, and stacks of nearby beachside action! So come and get a piece of the fun with our range of Anaheim accommodation below!
Just a 35-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles
, there’s no way you can go to LA
without stopping by Anaheim, home to Disney’s original theme park: Disneyland Park! A magical kingdom of fantasy-themed rides, dining, attractions and characters, you’re sure to run into anything from sea-faring pirates to fairy-tale princesses in ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’. You’ll also love Disney California Adventure Park – eight lands that bring the stories and characters of Disney and Pixar to life. It’s super amazing and you’ll need a day at each to get through it all!
Keen for a different kind of cultural attraction? Check out Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, which has some of the largest and most significant exhibits in the USA, as well as the Discovery Science Center, the Aquarium of the Pacific and The MUZEO. You’ll also love Crystal Cathedral, a real house of worship and an architectural feat made of thousands of panes of glass to resemble a four-pointed star. Love your history? Don’t miss the Lyon Air Museum, full of authentic aircraft and vehicles from World War II, or the Fullerton Museum Center, packed with history, science and art. But if it’s the performing arts that really takes your fancy, drop by The House of Blues Anaheim for dinner and a concert, the South Coast Repertory for some theatre, or Anaheim Ballet for some whimsical jumps, twists and tippy-toe action.
Once all that is out of the way, you absolutely must head to the beaches! With 42 miles of spectacular coastline, simply take to the Pacific Coast Highway (locals call it the ‘PCH’) and cruise past miles of sandy shores to see what suits your vibe. Huntington Beach is all about the surf – this is Surf City USA! As well as riding (or watching) the massive breaks of the Pacific Ocean, check out the Surfing Walk of Fame, the International Surfing Museum and chill out in the restaurants, bars and surf shops lining the main street. Laguna Beach is famous too – but for its beauty. With a totally gorgeous rugged coastline, artists and visitors alike take great pleasure in admiring the scenery, and there are plenty of artworks inspired by the view in the galleries around town. If it’s location-scouting that gets you pumped, head to Newport Beach, full of sights from the teen drama TV show ‘The OC’. Take a stroll along the piers portrayed in the show, ride along the boardwalk and take a cruise along the harbour. And of course, kick back on the beach with a swim to top it off!
There’s way more to Anaheim than we could possibly tell you about – but we’ve given you a taste! If you love the sound of fab beaches, stacks of arts and museums, and theme park thrills – including the most famous of them all – then Anaheim is calling your name! Check out our great range of Anaheim hotels and start planning your destie to-do list so you can fit it all in!
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