Many vacationers come to Anaheim for Disneyland. A plaque at the entrance of the park reads: "Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy," and for more than 50 years, this complex of amusement parks and hotels has remained a fun fantasy world. Even if you've been to other Disney resorts, nothing beats the original's unique place as a vintage landmark in the heart of Southern California. This vibrant park is still a great place for families – in fact, your kids will most likely have so much fun with Mickey and friends that they'll never want to leave. And with plenty of thrilling rides and a bustling entertainment district, you might not want to leave either.
But Disneyland isn't the only thing luring visitors to this Southern California city. There are other (more affordable) theme parks like Knott's Berry Farm and Adventure City, the picturesque Yorba Regional Park and even an "angelic" baseball stadium. When you need a break from the crowds, simply hop in your car and drive west to the coast: the shorelines of Long Beach, Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach are all within about 25 miles of Anaheim.
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The best times to visit Anaheim and Disneyland are March through May and September through October, when the weather is comfortably warm and school's still in session. In the summertime and around major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, Disneyland tends to be more crowded. And temperatures in Anaheim will be high without the reprieve of a cooling, ocean breeze.
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
It can be easy to visit Anaheim and eat nothing but theme park food. Though Disneyland has certainly upped its dining game, offering everything from Creole to Mediterranean flavors at its on-site restaurants, it would be a shame to leave Anaheim without exploring the rest of the city's food scene.
For a veritable smorgasbord of local eats, make a stop at the Anaheim Packing District. This food hall features more than 20 artisan eateries and a farmers market. Plus, on the weekends there's live music. The Anaheim Packing District also shares space with the Anaheim Brewery, another visitor and local favorite. And if you're a fan of Los Angeles' Umami Burger, you're in luck: the upscale burger joint has an outpost next to the Packing District's Farmers Park. For even more burgers, head to Slater's 50/50, which you may have guessed from its name, serves burgers made with 50 percent ground beef and 50 percent ground bacon.
If you're in the mood for a more formal sit-down meal, locals recommend THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon, which serves steak and seafood and farm-fresh seasonal sides. Anaheim White House Restaurant is another steakhouse favorite that's as lauded for its food as it is for its service. Not much of a carnivore? Vegetarians in the know recommend The Healthy Junk, which serves classic comfort dishes like burgers, pizza, fries and chicken wings with vegan and gluten-free substitutions.
The best way to get around Disneyland is on foot, but the best way to get around Anaheim is by car. Once inside the resort, all of Disneyland's attractions – including those found in Disney's California Adventure and Downtown Disney – are within walking distance of one another. If you tire of walking, then hitch a ride on the Disneyland Monorail, which is free for visitors with valid admission into the park. Getting to the park is also a breeze: the Disneyland Resort Express is available from Orange County's John Wayne Airport (SNA), which is around 15 miles south, and from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is about 35 miles west. If you bring or rent a car, you'll find there is plenty of parking at Disneyland. Just prepare for steep fees.See details for Getting Around
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