A beautiful museum in Richard Nixon's hometown of Yorba Linda but with a definite interesting view of history. Although they acknowledge watergate, a lot of other uncomfortable facts about Nixon are whitewashed in this museum
This is one of the oldest the spanish missions in California. Maybe be a bit of a stretch to call this LA as it is in the southern portion of Orange County. Definitely worth a visit though. Admission is $5
For day-tripping Anaheim, come to Muzeo, a fairly new museum. There have been diverse exhibitions here- ones dedicated to frogs, Napoleon, chocolate, blues music, Chicano (Mexican-American) art, snakes, Africa and Imperial Rome. Adult admission is $13 and kids' is $9, both of which are honestly on the high side considering the small size of the museum, however, I still recommend visiting. The price still beats the $80-$100+ for single Disneyland Resort admission any day! The museum is open during the latter part of the week, Wed-Sun, from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Arrive conveniently at Muzeo via OCTA bus 47 (exit Anaheim Blvd and Broadway St).
Get acquainted with the quaint, beautiful part of Anaheim- downtown. There is a charming rejuventation happening here and it's worth seeing. OK, no roller coasters, no Disney characters roaming about here, but one can catch the city's excellent, entertaining farmer's market with craft fair weekly, and many of the fun and cultural city's events in these parts, throughout the year. Featured downtown are Museo, a charming museum with a good mix of local and global flare, Anaheim Ice (ice rink), parades, great eateries and gorgeous architecture. Check out events happening downtown on the city website!
If in Anaheim, you may want to check out the schedule at The Grove of Anaheim (City National Grove) music nightclub. It shares the lot of Angels Stadium and the Anaheim Amtrak train station. Lots of rock/pop acts play there, local and national bands. You can easily get a bite to eat nearby (walking distance) to good local resturants like The Catch (seafood specialty), also fast food like Mc Donalds, Carl's Jr, a Mexican and Chinese fast food and Denny's (American diner. Also, there are a few hotels nearby.
Marina Park near Ventura Harbor. This park in the Ventura area is pretty neat. Not only can the kids see animals in the tide pools during low tide but there is also a medium-sized playground shaped like a pirate ship!
The premiere North County entertainment venue is ... the Honda Center. Huh? Oh yes, yet another ca-ca- corporate name change of venue here. What genius! The arena is now formally the Pond (regrettably). It is not the best place for concerts, as far as nice views goes (try Greek Theater in Hollywood area). However, the top OC concerts are held here. All kinds of perofrmers come here to play. Some concerts that I've seen here include those of Gloria Estefan, Santana, Mana and Alejandro Sanz. In fact, top acts from Latino pop and rock come here and are met to record-high attendance (especially in the case of Mana). This is the home of the NHL Ducks (Not Mighty anymore much to my chagrin!) and has also hosted the NBA's Clippers a few years back.
The arena interior is quite handsome. There are full amenities here. A few years I worked here temporarily and know firsthand that the staff is trained very professionally. However, I feel that it feels sometimes too stiff and strict of an environment for entertainment events. The arena is located in a nice area of Anaheim, very close to the city of Orange.
A few more things:
Most events are during the evenings.
I recommend coming here about an hour early just show that you can settle
Rules are particularly strict about no outside food and drink but be a clever rebel and sneak it in like me:-)
The arena is less than half a mile away from the train station (right next to Angel Stadium). Catch a frequent OCTA 50 bus (about 30 min or less of wait time) runs by and is walking distance from the station. The bus ride is only 5 min , if that, to the arena.
The place is Burke Williams Day Spa. Burke Williams is a full service, co-ed (as in they have facilities for both men and women) day spa that will definitely erase any travelling stress you may have accumulated on the way.
The prices are a little on the high side, a full session (50 minute) massage will set you back $90, but it's worth it! The facilities are immaculate, the staff very friendly and attentive, and the therapists are top notch. With any treatment you get unlimited access to their spa for the day. There is a very large Jacuzzi, steam room, dry sauna, cold water deluge, showers, etc. I only have experience with the Mens side, but my wife tells me the Women's side is even better. Fresh fruit is everywhere, and the large glass water coolers are filled with ice cold water flavored with fresh cucumbers and oranges.
I recommend the 50 minute Pure Relaxation Massage . Or the 50 minute Spa-Style Facial . Both are excellent. You might spend a little money, but you will have a great time!
Most hotels have a regular bus service that stops outside and can take you to the Anaheim shopping centres. So if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of Disneyland, it's fairly easy to get around.
Anaheim Marketplace. Orange County's largest indoor swapmeet.
SHOPPING, FOOD & FUN all under one roof at 30%-50% below retail prices. Souvenirs, athletic shoes, sportswear, music, sporting goods, t-shirts, hats, sunglasses, clothing, perfume, jewelry, electronics, nintendo, nail-salon, sportscards, collectibles, luggage, airbrush, custom embroidery, 1-hr-photo, gifts and much more.
Remember to bring along an extra bag in cloth material (like what I always do). :-)) If you're coming from Europe or Asia, buy only the
American brand products. They are really, really worth it (read: cheap).
Brands like Clinique, Prescriptives, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Anne Klein, Donna Karan, Gap, Banana Republic, Anna Sui, Estee Lauder etc. are really good buys.
And if you're really SERIOUS about coinciding your holiday with a MAJOR sale, I can't think of a better time than the FANTASTIC 4th of July sale - yes, nation-wide. And for those who absolutely MUST know how cheap American products really cost in the U.S.A., here's a rough guide. Let's take the brand Clinique as an example. Their LARGEST bottle of Clarifying Lotion cost only US$15.50 (excl. sales tax) in U.S.A. That same bottle costs:-
(1) 450 French Francs in Paris/ Nice (France).
(2) US$34 (S$58) in Singapore.
O.K., I'm sure you're convinced now. :-)) Happy Shopping then.
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