As beautiful as Orange County is, it’s still worth planning a day trip to enjoy some of the terrific scenery nearby, and to take advantage of living near some of the most spectacular sights in the country. Here are some suggestions for enjoyable day trips, which many others have already found to be highly enjoyable, and well worth the time.
San Diego is home to a wealth of attractions, suitable for people of all ages, and much appreciated by all. The San Diego Zoo for instance, is one of the largest in the country and is home to a number of species which cannot be seen anywhere else. The USS Midway Museum is nearby, and it boasts the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the history of this country. To get a great flavor for the city itself, you can take a two-hour tour conducted by the Old Town Trolley Tours, which stops at eight different city locations to instruct and entertain patrons.
Joshua Tree National Park
Approximately a million and a half visitors are enthralled by this park every year, where spectacular scenery abounds, and there are year-round activities available such as hiking, photography, rock-climbing, and camping. On a clear night, you can also clearly view the Milky Way in the night sky, and this in itself makes the trip worthwhile. Situated in the grandeur of the desert, it provides a welcome relief from the daily buzz of Orange County.
Over the years, Temecula has acquired a well-deserved reputation for having some of the finest golf courses in the American West, but it has much more than that. Its natural beauty never fails to impress, and the entertainment possibilities are literally endless. There are award-winning wineries located in the 3,000 acres which comprise Temecula, and for a unique experience you can watch or participate in the hot-air ballooning activities which are always in evidence. The Pechanga Entertainment and Resort Center provides visitors with all kinds of fascinating events for entertainment and personal enrichment.
You have undoubtedly heard much about the City of Angels, but you may not have heard about some of its hidden gems, many of which can be appreciated on a day trip. There are world-class amusement parks like Universal Studios and Six Flags Magic Mountain, there are movie studios which can be toured like Paramount, Sony Pictures, and Warner Brothers, and there are exceptional dining opportunities such as at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. From here, you can also visit Hollywood, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica, which are all some of the most exciting and renowned cities in the U.S.