Top Choice Museum in Newport Beach

Orange County Museum of Art

This engaging museum highlights California art and cutting-edge contemporary artists, with exhibitions rotating through two large spaces. Recent exhibitions have included ‘California Landscape into Abstraction' and …
Top Choice Church in San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Plan on spending at least an hour poking around the sprawling mission’s tiled roofs, covered arches, lush gardens, fountains and courtyards – including the padre’s quarters, soldiers’ barracks and the cemetery. Admi…
Nature Preserve in Huntington Beach

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

You'd be forgiven for overlooking Bolsa Chica, at least on first glance. Against a backdrop of nodding oil derricks, this flat expanse of wetlands doesn't exactly promise the unspoilt splendors of nature. However, m…
Museum in Newport Beach


In the Balboa Fun Zone, this newly refurbished museum calls itself an 'ocean literacy center' with critter-filled touch tanks, remotely operated vehicles, the rowboat used by adventurer Roz Savage on her five-year, …
Beach in Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove State Park

A few miles of open beach and 2400 acres of undeveloped woodland at this state beach let you forget you're in a crowded metropolitan area, at least once you get past the parking lots and stake out a place on the san…
Beach in Newport Beach

Main Beach

Just south of Balboa Peninsula is Corona del Mar, a ritzy bedroom community on the privileged eastern flanks of the Newport Channel with plenty of upscale stores and restaurants. Officially Corona del Mar State Beac…
Amusement Park in Newport Beach

Balboa Fun Zone

On the harbor side of Balboa Peninsula, the Fun Zone has delighted locals and visitors since 1936. There’s a small Ferris wheel ($4 per ride, where Ryan and Marissa shared their first kiss on The OC), arcade games, …
Notable Building in Newport Beach

Sherman Library & Gardens

Corona del Mar’s prize attraction is the Sherman Library & Gardens, where a variety of lush gardens awaits those needing a quick dose of floral therapy.
Museum in Laguna Beach

Laguna Art Museum

This breezy museum has changing exhibitions featuring contemporary Californian artists, and a permanent collection heavy on Californian landscapes, vintage photographs and works by early Laguna bohemians. Free guide…
Beach in Laguna Beach

Thousand Steps Beach

Jealously guarded by locals, Thousand Steps Beach is hidden off Hwy 1 just south of Mission Hospital, where a stairway leads down to a rocky beach, postcard-perfect for sunbathing.