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From arts, culture and history to Disneyland and some of the area’s best restaurants, navigating Orange County’s myriad offerings can be a challenge. These authors tackled the area thoroughly, offering books and guides perfect for natives and visitors alike. Venture out with new eyes after checking out the best books about Orange County. 

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‘Vanishing Orange County, California’
by Chris Epting

For history enthusiasts out there, “Vanishing Orange County, California” by Chris Epting, is sure to pique your interests. Exploring the time period when Orange County was separated from Los Angeles County way back in 1889, and investigating the more recent era that makes Orange County what it is today, this book is an excellent read on the developmental history of Orange County. Several images from the author’s private collection and Orange County archives accompany the story. From farmlands into a thriving suburb, Epting takes you on a journey through Orange County’s history in “Vanishing Orange County, California.”

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‘Free Orange County: The Ultimate Free Fun Guide to the California Riviera’
by Robert Stock

If you’re on a small budget but still want to experience what Orange County has to offer, you are in luck. “Free Orange County: The Ultimate Free Fun Guide to the California Riviera” by Robert Stock is the perfect guide for you. With more than 350 ideas for fun activities in the O.C., this pocket-sized guide provides information on free concerts, museum visits, beach destinations and festivals. Spice up your weekly routine or travel plans with this handy guide that provides information on fun, free Orange County activities that won’t empty your wallet.

Related: Best Bargain Hunting In Orange County

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‘Day Trips from Orange County, CA: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler’
by Divina Infusino

Take a relaxing, fun day to rejuvenate the spirit without traveling too far. “Day Trips From Orange County, CA: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler” by Divina Infusino, is the ultimate guide to fun day activities in Orange County. Conveniently illustrating desirable destinations within a two-hour drive, it is possible to hit up more than one of these spots throughout the day to create the ultimate local adventure. Whether you want to shop, dine, be active or relax, this book will help inspire a memorable day. Some of the books’ suggestions are free, so regardless of your budget, there are ideas for everyone.

Related: Getaway Guide: Weekend Trip to San Jose

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‘Insider’s Guide to Orange County, CA’
by Elizabeth Borsting

For a comprehensive guide to activities in Orange County for the whole family, the “Insider’s Guide to Orange County, CA” by Elizabeth Borsting has you covered. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, this book provides a pragmatic take on where to go and what to explore. From travel accommodations to how to flourish in the area, the “Insider’s Guide to Orange County, CA” provides insightful perspectives. The significant number of beautiful beaches, fine-dining experiences, and cultural and artistic activities can make it difficult to decide what to plan. This guide provides an insider’s take on what activities should top on your list. Regardless of your interests, this book highlights activities sure to appeal to everyone.

Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, dancer, marketer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, volunteering, movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.