World-famous beaches, high-end shopping, fine cuisine and endless entertainment options beckon millions of visitors to sunny Orange County each year. Even if you only have a long weekend to spend in the area, you can plan four perfect days enjoying a taste of what this culturally rich county has to offer. Whether you love history, art, nature or the fantastic, there’s something for everyone here in the OC.
Huntington Beach Pier
2000 Main St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
If you love to surf, pack your longboard and head to Surf City USA. Huntington Beach boasts 8.5 miles of white, sandy beach and plenty of giant waves to ride along the coast. Relax and enjoy the life of a beach bum for a day and catch a few waves before grabbing a burger at Ruby’s Diner on the iconic pier. End your day mesmerized by one of Southern California’s famous sunsets, and then kick off the night with a cold brew at a local bar and grill.
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
For a break from the sun, head over to South Coast Plaza for some major retail therapy. Inside, you’ll find 250 boutiques including high-end retailers such as Valentino, Tiffany & Co., Versace and Coach. Choose to dine at one of 30 restaurants and then enjoy a live musical concert at the nearby Segerstrom Center for the Arts. South Coast Plaza isn’t just a shopping mall. It’s the quintessential Orange County experience.
1313 Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92802
Who can visit Orange County without stopping by the happiest place on earth? Disneyland Park attracts approximately 15 million visitors each year and is the epitome of family entertainment. Whether you enjoy roller coasters or live shows with your favorite Disney characters, this theme park is a magical experience for guests of all ages. Visit all eight of Walt Disney’s magical lands including Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Adventureland in just one day.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
For your last day in Orange County, head south for a little lesson in California history in the quaint and historic downtown area of San Juan Capistrano. Relax and browse the antique stores or take a tour of the famous mission. Learn about the region’s first settlers and the cultural and religious significance of this incredible landmark. San Juan Capistrano also has some great dining options from casual brunches to fancy dinners. It’s a great place to mentally wind down after an activity-filled weekend in Orange County.
Truc Dever is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.