Of all the popular Southern California destinations, Anaheim is definitely in a class of its own when it comes to family fun. And although Anaheim is most widely know for being the home of "the happiest place on earth"—fun-filled and family-friendly Disneyland—you'll be pleasantly surprised by the attractions and adventures that await every kind of traveler.
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With Disneyland and California Adventure just across from each other, you'll easily have multiple days worth of exhilarating rides, spectacular shopping, and delicious food in the Disney universe. Knott's Berry Farm, another great theme park in nearby Buena Park, is geared more toward those looking for thrilling rides like the Xcelerator, GhostRider, and the Supreme Scream.
Those looking for some retail therapy can choose from multiple shopping and dining districts including The Packing House—with more than 20 unique small restaurants—and Outlets at Orange, where you can score a bargain at factory stores from retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and DKNY.
Downtown Disney offers a shopping experience you won't find anywhere else. With unique shops like Disney Vault 28 and Anna & Elsa's Emporium, you'll find souvenirs for your souvenirs. The kids will love burning some energy in the ESPN Zone Sports Arena, and adults can check out a live performance at the House of Blues Stage.
Along with popular chain restaurants in Anaheim, there are numerous one-of-a-kind eateries you won't want to miss. Try unforgettable Cajun food (and their famous Monte Cristo sandwich) at The Blue Bayou in Disneyland, or authentic Italian food at the Anaheim White House. To suit a wide range of tastes, head to the Fire + Ice Grill to find Mongolian, American, Latin, and Asian food menus to choose from.
With all the great attractions in Anaheim, from theme parks to baseball games at Angel Stadium, you may not want to venture outside city limits, but with its convenient location in Orange County, day trips from Anaheim are easy. The beautiful Pacific Ocean is just 20 miles away, and long stretches of sandy beach can be accessed from gorgeous oceanfront communities like Newport Beach or Laguna Beach. Or, head 30 miles north for a day of sightseeing in Los Angeles or shopping and stargazing in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
Need a break from city life? The sparkling water of Lake Elsinore lies 45 miles southeast, while the beautiful ski resorts and hiking trails at Big Bear and the golf courses and hot springs of the Coachella Valley can all be reached within two hours.
For a true taste of Southern California living, book your next getaway in one of our Anaheim vacation rentals and enjoy all the comforts of home in the heart of Disney.