With four performance halls and an outdoorarts plaza spread out over 14 acres, this outstanding complex in Costa Mesa is like a one-stop shop for everything artistic and musical. Hear symphonies in the glass-faced Cesar Pelli-designed Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, and see plays at the home-base stage of the Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory. Also regularly throughout the year are free concerts, films and dance performances in the outdoor plaza, which features a towering work by renowned sculptor Richard Serra. Make it a night with dinner at Mastro’s Steakhouse or dress up for a night out at Leatherby’s Café Rouge. To find out more about the impressive complex, join a free, guided tour for behind the scenes peeks backstage and plenty of historical insights (available on Wednesdays and Saturdays).
Insider’s tip: Recharge in California Scenario, sculptor Isamu Noguchi’s tranquil sculpture garden, with installations inspired by the state’s landcapes.
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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