Orange, CA, USA

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Orange, CA, USA

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The Real Vacationers of Orange County

Orange County is a byword for sophisticated living, and it doesn't get much more sophisticated than the little city of Orange itself. With its elegant old town and laid-back vibe, you can make like you're in The O.C. without the Newport Beach price tag. Not only that, but an Orange vacation rental gives you one of the best locations in the area. Whether it's the city lights of Santa Ana, surfing on the coastal beaches, or running around in a pair of mouse ears at Disneyland, it's all within easy reach.

A blast from the past in old-time Orange

The historic architecture of Orange's beautifully preserved old town is a bit special. It's a wonderful place to have a wander, and it also hosts the vibrant Orange International Street Fair each year on Labor Day weekend. For something a bit more outdoorsy, head to Irvine Regional Park for hiking, biking, and train rides on a miniature railroad. Nearby Outlets at Orange will provide some classic O.C. retail therapy, while Huntington and Newport Beaches are both within a half-hour drive, offering surfing, boating, and even whale watching.

Zip-a-Dee-Zoo-Dah

For cuteness overload, Orange County Zoo is a little 8-acre zoo inside Irvine Regional Park. Mainly featuring critters native to this part of the US, there's also a barnyard where kids can feed the animals. For more cultural diversions, Hilbert Art Museum focuses on 20th-century art by Californian artists. Venture even a few miles further afield, and your options multiply exponentially. The attractions of the county seat, Santa Ana - including science, art, and history museums - are only 3 miles south, while fairytale spires, high-octane rides, and teenagers in dog outfits can all be found a 20-minute drive away in Disneyland.

Vitamin C loves Vitamin D

Those oranges just adore the sunshine, and you'll find plenty of it about on your Orange vacation rental. Round here, it's warm and dry from April through November, but it never gets too hot, thanks to a cooling ocean breeze. One peculiar characteristic of this part of California is that in early summer it can sometimes be pretty foggy first thing in the morning, but it soon burns off. Winter and spring can be a bit rainy, though you're not going to see any snow. If you're in the market for whale-spotting, the best time for viewing tends to be in spring and early summer.

Have a whale of a time in Orange County

Orange County is down on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, and the city of Orange itself is about 15 miles inland. The beaches are famous for their surfing and their glitzy yachts, but they're also a good place to see wildlife. The most common sights are California sea lions and common dolphins, but there are also harbor seals, bottlenose dolphins, and whales, including the big blue ones. Most of the cities in Orange County are set on the coastal plain, but venture inland and you'll find yourself climbing into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. Watch out for mountain lions.