When visiting the Irvine, CA area in Orange County, here are three attractions you won’t want to miss.
Head to the beach! Within 30 minutes of Irvine you will find three of the best beaches in California, or anywhere in the United States for that matter, in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach.
In Huntington Beach you have one of the top surf spots in the United States, along with a fantastic pier, and every type of restaurant and bar you could possibly want to indulge in. Don’t miss the US Open of Surfing in August, one of the best events every year in Southern California.
Newport Beach is well known as one of the most affluent areas in Orange County. In Newport Harbor you’ll find several man-made islands filled with beautiful homes and beautiful beaches. One of those is Balboa Island, where you’ll find the Balboa Fun Zone Amusement Park, and a ferry servicing the island. Known for it’s festivities that go on throughout the year you won’t want to miss Newport Beach and Balboa Island. You can find some awesome hotels in the area as well.
Laguna Beach is one of California’s most thriving communities of artists. Take a walk, skate, or ride on the boardwalk and you’ll find out for yourself. Whether you’re enjoying your time on the beach, in a local art gallery, or just people watching on the boardwalk, you will want to visit Laguna Beach if you’re in the Irvine area.
When you think California you think beach, but Limestone Canyon Regional Park, just 30 minutes to the east of Irvine, will certainly change your view on Orange County. Known as the “Mini-Grand Canyon”, Limestone is a mecca for hikers, mountain bikers, sight seeing, and naturalists, and one of the great beauties of the Irvine area.
While not as beautiful as the beach or the wilderness, the Irvine Spectrum is a sight to see in itself. This large outdoor mall boasts a ferris wheel, 164 shops and restaurants and a 21-screen movie theater, which was the biggest in the Western United States for some time after it’s completion. Easily accessed by either I-5 or I-405, the Irvine Spectrum is a “must see” in Orange County.