Anaheim Destination Guide
Anaheim is without a doubt one of the biggest entertainment destinations in the U.S. Visitors from around the world flock to this famous Southern California city for its beautiful year round climate and of course Disneyland. In Anaheim it’s all about having a good time, from the beautiful resorts and adventure sites to shows, theme rides and sports; this is one place that is sure to fill your days and nights with endless fun. Conveniently situated just south of L.A., Anaheim is easily accessible and just a short drive from Los Angeles International Airport; perfect for even a short day trip.
Anaheim is home to Disneyland Park and with its related hotel, resort and adventure theme parks, there are endless choices of activities to enjoy. Disneyland and its California Adventure theme park are filled with great shows and fun rides that the whole family will enjoy. If all the action has got you a bit wobbly in the knees, the inviting resorts and hotels offer excellent poolside areas and spa amenities for relaxation. Anaheim though isn’t just about Disney. The Honda Center is home to Anaheim’s National League Hockey team and hosts all kinds of sporting events, concerts and shows. If you care to cool down a bit, Anaheim Ice offers figure skating events and hosts public skating. If some mountain biking is more to your liking head out of the city and hit the wild trails in Black Star Canyon.
While Anaheim may be an international destination, its tourist and family related atmosphere mixed with Orange County’s laid back coastal flavour brings with it a more relaxed approach to food. The city’s Resort area is filled with many nationally known, big name restaurants. While they offer excellent food and pleasant surroundings they are pretty much devoid of any local flavour. Head outside the Resort area and into the vibrant local neighbourhoods or to the coast for trendy independent restaurants and excellent beachside dining options from local breweries, seafood, steaks, pasta and of course Mexican and other ethnic favourites. The local clubs and bar scene is equally diverse with chic wine bars, funky lounges and pumping night clubs both inside and outside of the Resort area.
Where to Stay
Anaheim offers a mix of accommodation choices in every style and price range but the truly unique and memorable choices are the Disney properties. The premium luxury choice is Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. This grand hotel includes full spa facilities, an impressive pool area and beautifully appointed rooms. Fine dining is featured here too and as well as inviting cafes and lounges. The other Disney property is the Disneyland Hotel. Equally pleasant, this modern property features 3 beautiful pool areas with waterslides, 5 dining options and special Disney character touches throughout.
If you like shopping you’ve come to the right place. Be sure to hit the Outlets at Orange outlet shopping malls with great deals on all the best designer labels. This is the only outlet mall in Orange County and features great restaurants, spa and cinema. The Downtown Disney District is a great place for all your souvenir shopping and is a kids toy wonderland. This area is just a short walk from the Disney hotel properties but also offers free parking for up to 3 hours. Anaheim also has many shopping malls with boutique shops and major department store chains.
Anaheim Like a Local
Not surprisingly, the real Anaheim is to be found outside the Disney Resort area. Its Mediterranean climate, nearby mountains and coastal proximity offer excellent outdoor recreation options and residents here take full advantage of their surroundings. From swimming, biking, hiking and skiing, Anaheim is a nature lovers dream. Miles of bike baths wind through the city and continue to the beach where many residents can be found swimming, surfing or hanging out at sea side cafes. In winter the locals head to the mountains for a day of skiing. Downtown Anaheim consists of historic buildings, drawing locals with fashionable neighbourhoods where some of the best shopping and restaurants are located.