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Best Sightseeing Tours In Orange County

October 5, 2013 6:00 AM

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Orange County is a major tourist destination for travelers from all over the world. Its sandy beaches, perfect weather and natural beauty attract millions of visitors each year. If you’re planning your first trip to the land of surf and sun, you may want to use a tour company to check out the best sights Orange County has to offer. Whether you’re looking for an urban tour or wildlife adventure, there’s a tour operator out there that caters to every type of visitor.

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Anaheim Visitor Center
375 N. Euclid St.
Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 817-9733
www.anaheim411.com

The Anaheim Visitor Center is the one-stop shop for all of your sightseeing needs. This company can set you up with movie studio tours, trips to Disneyland and even tours that revolve around outlet shopping. Add some variety to your Southern California vacation by booking excursions to local theme parks, beaches and the homes of the rich and famous. No matter what your interests are, Anaheim Visitor Center is sure to find you a tour you won’t soon forget.

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OC Wildlife & Beach Tour
P.O. Box 3249
Laguna Hills, CA 92654
(949) 500-6981
www.ocwildlifebeachtour.com

Learn about Orange County’s natural treasures by booking an excursion with OC Wildlife & Beach Tour. Tour packages focus on marine life and preserving the natural environment. Book a half-day eco-tour guided by naturalists and tide pool experts. If you’re looking for a little more cultural stimulation, consider the beach and shopping tour where you can shop, eat and relax on the beach. Tours start at $77 and must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.

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Orange County Adventure Tours
(949) 973-5952
www.orangecountyadventuretours.com

If you’re looking for adrenaline-pumping adventure in Orange County, these adventure tours may be the right speed for you. Choose from water sports or mountain sports. You can ride the waves off California’s coast or take a cycling tour up one of the local, scenic mountains. Orange County Adventure Tours is run by a couple of local guys just looking to show you a good time. They’ll teach you how to surf or take you on a kayaking tour of Dana Point Harbor. Live life to the fullest and see what adventures Orange County has to offer.

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Another Side of Orange County Tours
300 G St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(310) 289-8687
www.anothersideoforangecountytours.com

Skydiving, kayaking, beer tasting and shopping are just a few of the tour offerings of this company. Promising to show visitors a different side to the typical tourist experience, Another Side of Orange County Tours features Segway tours of Long Beach, horseback riding packages, hiking adventures and even VIP limo tours of the coast. Tours are great for family vacations, company outings or romantic getaways.

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Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm St., Suite A
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 675-0551
www.newportwhales.com

A trip to Orange County isn’t complete without a tour over water. The deep blue ocean off the coast of Southern California offers some of the best views in the Pacific. Whale watching is a popular attraction here, and Newport Landing Whale Watching can offer you that close encounter you’re looking for. Cruise the water next to gray whales, seals, sharks and pods of dolphins. This company has been providing ocean tours for more than 20 years and promises some of the best whale watching in Southern California.

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Truc Dever is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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