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Best Places to see in Orange County

Much of Orange County's 798-sq mile (2,050-sq km) area is covered with sprawling urban communities linked by ever-busy freeways. Anaheim, home of Disneyland, is its second largest city, after Santa Ana.

The popular Knott's Berry Farm theme park lies a few miles northwest at Buena Park, and together these cities form the tourist capital of the county. Most of the coastline is built-up, but its communities have more variety and character than those around the theme parks. Inland, open spaces can be found where the county's eastern region encompasses part of the vast Cleveland National Forest and the Santa Ana Mountains.

Best Places to See in Orange County, California

» Bowers Museum of Cultural Art
» Catalina Island
» Centennial Heritage Museum
» Crystal Cathedral
» Disneyland Resort
» Knott's Berry Farm and Soak City
» Mission San Juan Capistrano
» Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace

Orange County, California: GETTING AROUND

Interstate-5 is a major north-south artery, which links Los Angeles and San Diego. New express toll lanes now operate in an effort to eliminate traffic jams. The more scenic Hwy 1, the Pacific Coastal Highway, unites the coastal resorts. Amtrakand Metrolink commuter trains run south from Los Angeles. Stops include San Juan Capistrano and Anaheim. Most bus routes are designed to meet the needs of local commuters, but shuttle vans and tour buses offer quick connections to the theme parks and to Los Angeles.

Ferries to Catalina Island run daily in summer, but travelers should check schedules in winter. Crossings from the mainland to Avalon or Two Harbors take 1-2 hours.