Anaheim, Buena Park and North Orange County

Things began humming for Orange County in 1955, when Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Donald Duck created the Magic Kingdom among the orange groves. Disneyland has made Orange County the happiest place on earth. In Anaheim, Disneyland Park features 60 adventure rides and live entertainment in eight lands of enchantment.

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Costa Mesa

Another shopper's paradise is Costa Mesa's massive South Coast Plaza. With department stores, designer boutiques, gardens, theater, and cinemas, it has long been ranked among the world's finest shopping, dining, and entertainment centers. Just east of the Plaza, the Orange County Performing Arts Center hosts ballet, opera, and musical performances. While in Costa Mesa, visit The Lab, a zany shopping complex in a converted warehouse.

Huntington and Newport Beaches

Surfing is the water recreation of choice in Huntington Beach, home of the International Surfing Museum, Surfing Hall of Fame, and one of the nation's most exciting surfing sites. When you're ready to shake the sand from your shoes, visit Old World Village, a European-style hamlet complete with shops and restaurants.

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Laguna Beach to Dana Point

From Balboa, drive south to reach Laguna Beach. Nature has been attracting artists here for generations. Art appreciators can contemplate works of American Impressionists and California artists at the Laguna Museum of Art.

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San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente

The historic Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1776 by Franciscan Junipero Serra. Seventh in California's 21-mission chain, it's most famous for the return of the swallows every March. San Clemente is the site of ex-President Richard Nixon's Western White House. Its state beach invites water sports, hiking, and camping.

Saddleback Valley

Saddleback Valley includes the communities of Irvine, Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, and El Toro/Lake Forest. The relaxed atmosphere has made this valley a popular vacation retreat for golfers.

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