Orange County is one of the most popular tourist areas in California, and for good reason. Orange County offers the best of both worlds with sprawling natural landscapes, ever-growing cities, year-round festivities, and great places to eat. Taking an RV trip to Orange County is a no-brainer, but the real question is what should you do once you get there?
Unless you have a lot of time and money on your hands, there’s no way you will be able to see everything Orange County has to offer in one trip. Of course, you could make the leap and move there, but not many people have the luxury of uprooting just to get a full experience. Assuming you only have a few days to tour Orange County, here are some of the top tourist attractions to check out.
- Disneyland Park
Orange County is most recognizable as the home of Disneyland. Thousands of people flood to this famed park each year, providing Orange County with the publicity it needs to draw tourists. Disneyland’s attractions continue to grow and evolve even today. Long-time staples like Mickey’s Toontown, Adventureland, and Tomorrowland are enough to bring people from all over to Orange County’s top theme park but newer classics such as Fantasy Faire work to draw even more tourism to the area.
- Mission San Juan Capistrano
This 200-year-old mission is now a monument to Orange County’s diverse past and present. Built by Spanish Catholic priests and Native Americans, the mission was once the center of a self-sufficient community involving agriculture, religion, education, and industry. The mission now offers a number of exhibits, some permanent and some temporary, to go alongside the building’s own historic attributes.
- Crystal Cove State Park
For a more natural destination, Crystal Cove has been designated a nature reserve where it fosters the growth of natural plants and animals in its forested canyons, stretches of beach, and tidal pools. It is popular for swimming, surfing, and tidal pool exploration. There are also a number of coves frequently used for after-dark bonfires. Spending a relaxing day at the beach can be a good way to unwind and recuperate from your trip to Disneyland. Just be sure to reserve a spot at the campground for your RV ahead of time!
- Huntington Beach Pier
If the ocean is your draw to California, Huntington Beach Pier is a must-visit. The surrounding city of Huntington is known as “Surf City” for the sheer number of surf-driven tourists. People come from all corners of the U.S. to catch a wave and enjoy some of the nation’s best surfing. The website for the famous pier is even updated three times a day for visitors to track the surfing conditions. If you do not surf but want to visit Orange County, now may be the time to learn. RVs are definitely welcome just be sure to check for parking restrictions.
- Downtown Disney
Downtown Disney is a part of the enormous theme park that does not require tickets. You can stroll the pristine walkways and peruse the rows of shops, many containing Disney-related merchandise. It also offers the colors and flashiness of Disney without the theme park atmosphere. Entertainment such as night clubs, movie theaters, and live, outdoor shows can all be found in the Downtown Disney district.
Visiting or even moving to Orange County can be an extraordinarily rewarding experience. The area is rich with local culture, diversity, and events while still appealing to the tourist industry with its theme parks and beaches. Regardless of the time you spend in Orange County, it will be worth your while.
Catherine Workman grew up in a small town where she yearned to stretch her wings. Now that she’s left the nest, she spends every available weekend exploring different cities across the country and someday, across the world. She started WellnessVoyager.com with her friends to share her travels and experiences and hopes to inspire others to embrace the hidden gems of the world.
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