Less than 10 minutes from the Magic Kingdom, there is another destination that might be just as magical, if you’re into shopping for bargains in a surprisingly inviting setting. The Outlets at Orange complex features top shops and a host of other activities that don’t involve bargain hunting. Catch a film at the AMC Orange 30, which includes an IMAX 3D cinema. Rejuvenate with a treatment at the Burke Williams Day Spa, while the children use up some energy as they try their skills on the indoor street course and assorted ramps and concrete bowls at the indoor outdoor Vans SkatePark. The popular skate park also offers equipment hires and lessons.
But let’s not forget you’re here for the shopping. Find marked down merchandise at Neiman Marcus Last Call and seriously awesome deals at Nordstrom Rack and DKNY. Get a new surf-ready look at Hurley, or something slinky and lacy at Frederick’s of Hollywood.
Whether it is manicured beach towns or celebrated theme parks, all framed by oceanfront towns and luxury yachts, 'The OC' stands out as one of the state’s most iconic destinations. The always amazing Disneyland Resort, about one hours’ drive south of Los Angeles and two hours’ north of San Diego, continues to be one of the best loved theme parks in the world, while Knott’s Berry Farms and other OC attractions amp up the fun metre.
“Surfing is like golf. . . it keeps knocking you down. But when you stay with it and catch that wave. . . magic.” --actor Dennis Quaid
Shop at spectacular South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, or get the surfer look in Huntington Beach, aka Surf City, USA.
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