Orange County offers 42 miles of spectacular coastline to explore while traveling on the famous Pacific Coast Highway (known to locals as PCH).
Trip Time: 1 day
Begin your day with a breath of fresh air in the seaside community of Dana Point , which offers miles of panoramic views of the Pacific Coast. Be sure to experience Dana Point Harbor , the largest small boat harbor on the west coast. Take in shopping, restaurants, surfing, fishing or whale watching, all within this oceanfront landing. You can also stop by the Ocean Institute , known world-wide for its hands-on science and history programs.
Head north on PCH to Laguna Beach – Southern California’s premier seaside destination, nestled between the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean and majestic canyons. Browse Laguna’s abundance of art galleries featuring world-famous local artists and unique shops while listening to the surf rolling onto picturesque Main Beach in the center of town. Don’t miss the Laguna Art Museum , inspired by one of the most significant artists’ colonies on the Pacific Coast.
Continue north on PCH to Newport Beach , a community taking pride in enjoying the good life! Indulging visitors in fine food, this coastal town is Southern California’s premier dining location , offering a multitude of award-winning dining choices with breathtaking waterfront locations and some of the hottest chefs in the country. With close to 400 restaurants to choose from, you’re sure to find many culinary favorites to fit your taste and budget.
Finish your day traveling north to Huntington Beach (Surf City, USA), boasting some of the widest beaches in California. Catch a glimpse of surfers riding that one last wave, or brush up on your knowledge at Huntington Beach’s International Surfing Museum . Enjoy the natural setting with a warm beach bonfire or a casual stroll on the historic Huntington Beach Pier .