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Just south of Los Angeles, Orange County is right in the heart of sunny southern California and is a long time weekend getaway for the stars and businesspeople of Los Angeles. Its over 40 miles of beautiful beaches are enjoyed all year long by residents and are a huge tourist destination. Huntington Beach, in particular, is known as "Surf City USA" for its great waves. The Wedge is similarly well known for being one of the best body surfing spots in the world. Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farms (famous for the boysenberry) also draw in huge numbers of tourists each and every year. And you'll find plenty of excellent golf courses bustling with visitors and locals alike. Be sure to take advantage of the great events like the always-exciting Orange County Fair, full of fair favorites like rides, games, and funnel cake.
Orange County is the third most populous county in California, after Los Angeles and San Diego Counties, but uniquely does not have a major urban center. Instead, with cities like Anaheim and Santa Ana, residents enjoy the best of safe, suburban life while having access to all that a big city would offer. There is excellent shopping right in the area at places like the South Coast Plaza, California's largest shopping mall. Or, head over to Fashion Island an "upscale, open-air lifestyle center" where you'll find a wide range of stores from Bloomingdale's, Anthropologie, and Lucky Brand Jeans to Whole Foods and Barnes and Nobles.
There's great cultural diversity in Orange County as well. Head over to Little Saigon in Anaheim for some delicious Korean food. And be sure to see El Centro Cultural de Mexico in Santa Ana to learn about the Mexican heritage of the area. Mother Colony House will teach you all about the history of the region and Bowers Museum gives a wider view of the history of the Americas, with a great Central American exhibit. Of course, you'll find sports fans everywhere. Orange County is no different. Sports buffs love cheering on the championship winning Anaheim Ducks and Angels. Basketball fans are divided over loyalty to Los Angeles' teams the Lakers and the Clippers, but rumor has it that Anaheim will be getting their own basketball team sometime soon.