5 MUST SEE, DO

2017 Travel Guide to California - - ORANGE COUNTY -

» Dis­ney­land Re­sort

The wait for the as-yet un­sched­uled open­ing of Star Wars Land is a good time to take ad­van­tage of the “Walk in Walt’s Dis­ney­land Foot­steps” be­hind-the-scenes tour. Un­cle Walt might not have seen “Star Wars” com­ing, but par­tic­i­pants will learn just what a vi­sion­ary he was— and take a spin on some clas­sic rides along the way. › dis­ney­land.dis­ney.go.com

» Old Towne Or­ange

This one square mile of Early Cal­i­for­nia houses hand­some Vic­to­rian, Crafts­man, Bun­ga­low and Span­ish ar­chi­tec­ture. Among the lo­cally owned shops, gal­leries, foun­tains and pretty side­walk cafés are the county’s old­est op­er­at­ing bank and soda foun­tain. The one thing that must not be missed is the Old Towne Or­ange Walk­ing Food Tour.

› iheartold­tow­ne­o­r­ange.com

› old­towno­r­ange­walk­ing­food­tours.com

» La­guna Beach and Pageant of the Masters

Re­main­ing true to its ori­gins as a small artists’ colony in the early 1900s, La­guna Beach stages many fes­ti­vals, gal­leries and abun­dant pub­lic art. Its pièce de ré­sis­tance is Pageant of the Masters, 90 min­utes of liv­ing art tableaux in which cos­tumed peo­ple por­tray some world art mas­ter­pieces with eerie fi­delity.

› vis­it­la­gun­abeach.com

› foapom.com

» Bal­boa Is­land

Ferry Fun-seek­ers can drive, bi­cy­cle or walk onto the ferry for the short cross­ing to this man­made is­land in New­port Har­bor. Di­ver­sions in­clude view­ing clas­sic beach bun­ga­low ar­chi­tec­ture, para­sail­ing, a fish­ing pier and the Bal­boa Fun Zone—a mini ver­sion of Cal­i­for­nia’s old sea­side amuse­ment parks. Get­ting there truly is half the fun.

› bal­boais­land­ferry.com

› ex­plore­bal­boais­land.com

› the­bal­boa­fun­zone.com

» Di­a­mond Jam­boree

Irvine’s an­swer to the ques­tion of where to start sam­pling the OC’S abun­dant eth­nic food is a col­lec­tion of 20-plus in­ter­na­tional eater­ies serv­ing fare orig­i­nat­ing pri­mar­ily in Tai­wan, Ja­pan, China, Korea, Viet­nam and Thai­land. Wildly pop­u­lar with UC stu­dents, it has a com­fort­able col­le­giate air. Be pre­pared: Park­ing is a chal­lenge.

› di­a­mond-jam­boree.com

SUN­SET AT LA­GUNA BEACH, op­po­site; pre­par­ing to snorkel in San Cle­mente, left; Hill­top Park in Dana Point, top; Ana­heim Re­gional In­ter­modal Tran­sit Cen­ter, above.

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