Huntington Beach

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Beaches, Sightseeing, Free Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.2

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Known as the center of surfing culture in California, so much so that the city's official nickname is "Surf City USA" and the Vans US Open of Surfing is held there every summer, Huntington Beach is the perfect place to enjoy the waves, either on a board or from shore. Located about 20 miles southwest of Anaheim, it also makes for a good daytrip.

Recent visitors praised the beach's cleanliness, and many note it's an ideal spot for families.

In addition to its gorgeous beach, the city's Main Street holds plenty of charms, too, including the Surfing Walk of Fame, the International Surfing Museum, the Surfers' Hall of Fame and all sorts of surf shops and boutiques. Its pier, which reaches 1,853 feet into the Pacific Ocean, is a definite must-do, according to recent visitors who say the views are amazing. For more information on dining and accommodations, visit the city's tourism website.

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Many travelers say this original Disney resort lives up to its motto as "The Happiest Place on Earth." You'll find three unique areas inside Disneyland Resort: Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney District. The main park is still the favorite among reviewers and frequent guests, as it harbors several themed areas like Tomorrowland, Frontierland, Mickey's Toontown and its latest attraction, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, which has brought a whole new level of excitement to the park. While not all the "Star Wars" rides are available (rollout continues until early 2020), the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride and the themed shops and eateries that are open have garnered high praise from visitors.

Meanwhile, at California Adventure, you'll find Golden State-themed lands like Paradise Pier, which is modeled after California boardwalks similar to the one in Santa Monica, and exciting new attractions like the "Guardians of the Galaxy" ride in Hollywood Land. Visitors can also explore the worlds of "The Little Mermaid" and "Cars." For a tasty meal and some entertainment, head to Downtown Disney.

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