Review: The Doctors House, Fort Casey Inn

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Getaway to Nara, Japan

Nara, located in the Kansai region of Japan, was formerly known as Heijo andin 710 was established as Japan’s first permanent capital. The capital was moved in 784, in large part due to the growing power and ambition of the many Buddhist monasteries located there. The historical treasures of the area remain, however, including some […]

100 Free (and Almost Free) Things to Do in Washington, DC

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7 Places to Sip Wine in France

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5 Fun Facts for Friday: Irvine, California

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Irvine, California, is located in the center of Orange County, just 45 miles south of Los Angeles and 90 miles north of San Diego. The center of the city is only seven miles from the Pacific Ocean .

While its main activities were once missions, cattle grazing, and agriculture, today it’s the 8th largest city in the U.S. and is one of the nation’s largest planned urban communities. In 2017, Irvine has been named the 10th  “Best City to Live in America.” (Niche) and #3 on the list of  “10 Happiest Cities in the United States” (WalletHub). Yet, many travelers have still not heard of it directly, instead confusing it with neighboring Anaheim or lumping it together under the label of Orange County.

John Wayne Airport (SNA) is located less than five minutes from the majority of Irvine’s hotels and is served by both commercial and commuter airlines.

Here are 5 fun facts about Irvine, California:

  1. Irvine has 54 miles of off-street bicycle trails, giving residents and visitors a chance to enjoy its warm climate.
  2. Irvine hosted the first National Boy Scout Jamboree on the West Coast in 1953.
  3. More than one-third of the entire City of Irvine is permanently preserved as parks, natural open space, and trails.
  4. Visitors have lots of reason to visit Irvine (Angel Stadium, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm to name a few), so there are plenty of people to book up 4,447,536 hotel rooms.
  5. Comedic actors Will Ferrell and Jon Lovitz are from Irvine.

If you’re looking for information about things to do in Irving, you can find that here. And for hotel information and booking, you’ll find recommendations here.

Do you know any fun facts about Irvine, California?

For Pinterest:  Irvine might not be on your to-visit list right now, so pin it to your favorite Pinterest board and keep it handy for your next Southern California travels.

Irvine, California, is located in the center of Orange County, just 45 miles south of Los Angeles and 90 miles north of San Diego. The center of the city is only seven miles from the Pacific Ocean .


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