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City Pulse: The Only Guide To Anaheim, Calif. You Need

Destination & Tourism | Gabe Zaldivar | May 11, 2015

City Pulse: The Only Guide To Anaheim, Calif. You Need

We Say:

Like a child with 20 other siblings, it’s easy to overlook Anaheim. But, like that child yearning for attention, there is something altogether rare and special about this Orange County destination. Of course, there is Disneyland, and the Angels, and all the other theme parks that call this place home. But like any other Southern California city, it’s the proximity to so much adventure that makes this place worth your time and hard-earned money. There is a reason it’s so expensive to live here. The weather is always spot-on, the beaches are a quick drive away, and you are sandwiched between weekend escapades to Los Angeles and San Diego. Not that you need to venture that far, because Anaheim is a one-stop shop for all that you want in family entertainment. But you already knew that. We can tell from the giant Mickey ears on your head. 

They Say:

If you are looking to experience the quintessential California vacation destination, look no further than Anaheim, California. Located in sunny Orange County, in the heart of Southern California, Anaheim is a world-class vacation destination. From the moment you step off the plane and first drive onto our palm tree-lined streets, your vacation begins.  Start with our theme parks and then discover more; whether you are a die-hard sports fan, live music aficionado, adrenaline junkie, artisan shopper, food lover or brew connoisseur, there’s so much to explore in Anaheim. What’s more, extend your vacation and explore other parts of Southern California, due to Anaheim’s prime and convenient location, Anaheim serves as your home base to all of Southern California attractions. Discover world-famous attractions quaint and charming cities that dot the region, pristine beaches, or head out to a theme park, your Southern California vacation starts here in Anaheim!

Anaheim CVB




Current Traffic: Google Traffic

Airport: John Wayne Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Ontario International Airport, Long Beach Airport

Public Transit: Orange County Transportation Authority, Metrolink, Anaheim Resort Transportation

Bikeshare: Bike Nation recently stopped service in Anaheim with no mention of return.

Walkability Score: 51 at Walk Score

Parking Options / Expense: ParkMe

Best Accommodations: ( Highest Guest Rated w/at least 50 Reviews)

Boutique: Ayres Hotel Anaheim

High End: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

Mid Range: DoubleTree Suites Anaheim Resort - Convention Center

Bargain: Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground

Foods to seek out:

Local organic food: Anaheim Packing HouseThe LA Times loved this two-level selection of 20 restaurants that serve items that range from grilled cheese fare to fish.

Chocolate soufflé: Bistro BleuOC Weekly named this French gem No. 1 on its list of Anaheim restaurants.

Sensational sandwiches: Cortina’s Italian Market — Let’s be honest, you will want to eat and run with Disneyland calling, and this place is the real deal.

Known For:

Theme Parks: Disneyland

Sports: Angels and Ducks

Orange County Gem: Awesome is a Drive Away

Sports Teams:

MLB: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

NHL: Anaheim Ducks  

Cool attractions:


1. Make like Maverick and Goose and simulate a fighter jet experience at Flight Deck.

2. Burn calories and defy gravity at the Sky Zone Anaheim Indoor Trampoline Park.

3. With so much sun and beautiful weather it would be a near-crime not to play a round or two.


1. Enjoy a day of sipping fantastic wine in Temecula.

2. People watch as you take in food and drink at Downtown Disney.

3. Spend a day lounging at some of the most beautiful beaches in California.


1. This is a no-brainer. The reason you are here or should be here is to visit the wonderful world presented at Disneyland and California Adventure.

2. Ramp up or wind down from Disney escapades with pint-sized fun at Adventure City.

3. Or, if you meander a bit from Anaheim, there is always Knott’s Berry Farm calling from not too far away.


1. Touristy Libations: Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

2. Post-Game Beer: Nobel Ale Works  

3. Live Music: House of Blues

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