Anaheim has it all. Great location and centered proximity to popular neighboring cities- To the North, there’s Los Angeles, to the south, San Diego, to the west, Long Beach, and to the east, Riverside. Other than Orlando, a great theme park destination, Anaheim drew in a record 23 million visitors last year to Disneyland, California Adventure, Knotts Berry Farm, an many more attractions. The city is also within the Los Angeles metropolitan area, close to many LA locations. With its temperate weather and sunny winters, Anaheim is a lovely California destination at any time of the year.
WHERE TO EAT
The city of Anaheim has quite the local food scene- from Latin food to vegan dishes, authentic Asian cuisine and more- to satisfy any taste bud. Although entirely vegan, meat lovers can still find something favorable at the one and only Healthy Junk, offering burgers, tex-mex, sweets, salads, and even snacks. This restaurant changes the food narrative of what vegan should be with healthy but tasty gluten-free options. Another contender to consider is planning a stop at Pour Vida Latin Flavor, located in the city’s historic Center Street Promenade and offering a fun and flavorful menu. Locals recommend trying their seasonal fresh pressed juices to go with any meal- from their hand crafted tacos (their pineapple skirt steak is a must) to their delectable seafood entries (the mane lobster with roasted chipotle corn relish), you won’t be disappointed.
Authentic Asian cuisine rings true at Thuyen Vien, offering up suburb Vietnamese dishes that’ll have you wanting more. The restaurant is quaint and hidden away, but don’t be fooled by its location at 1740 Euclid St, in a strip mall. House specialty dishes include garlic chicken, banana leaf tacos, and pumpkin curry with dinner plates priced at less than $15. For a little bit of everything, venture over to the Anaheim Packing House, where one can indulge in a variety of eclectic choices whether you’re in the mood for Indian, Japanese, French cuisine, you name it! It’s located in downtown Anaheim, along the Southern Pacific rail line. Aside from housing multiple restaurants under one roof, its also a charming historical building and city landmark to boot since 1919.
WHERE TO STAY
When booking a hotel, getting the most for your money is important. Great amenities, guest satisfaction, and proximity to popular attractions make these hotels great if you’re looking for a good value in a reasonable price range from 2 to 4 star properties. The Super 8 Anaheim Disneyland Drive is just within a mile of Disneyland and Downtown Disney. The hotel itself is a bit on the older side, but has great amenities like an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast and close to public transit. All in all, it is a good, budget-friendly place for families to stay at.
If you want something more upscale without the luxury price, consider the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel a 3.5 star resort property with rates well under $150 per night depending on the season. It is close to Disneyland, California Adventures, and the Anaheim Museum (less than a mile away). Get amenities like a pillow-top mattress, free Wi-Fi, access to their health club, and a game room. The hotel also has a restaurant which offers room service, perfect when you’re on the go.
Want to feel even more pampered during your travels? Book your stay at the 4.5 star Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa located at 1600 South Disneyland Dr. This beautiful property brings the magic of Disney to every aspect of your trip. Each room has either a private balcony or patio, with some rooms even overlooking the theme park itself. There’s a luxury spa, three outdoor swimming pools, an airport shuttle, and more. It’s the ideal hotel for children and adults alike to unwind after a long day of sightseeing.
WHAT TO DO
Anaheim is California’s fastest growing city, at least in terms of developments. For the past several decades, this city has become best known for its convention centers, commercial districts, resorts, sports teams, and of course, theme parks galore. Disneyland is the obvious attraction to check out while in Anaheim, but the city has many other activities and spots. During your stay, think about visiting Adventure City, a smaller family theme park or Knotts Berry Farm, a local favorite located right on the edge of the city in Buena Park which offers perfect blend of family fun rides, old-fashioned charm and fast roller coasters. There’s also must-see attractions like the Oak Canyon Nature Center, a 48-acre park ideal for hiking and nature walking, the downtown art museum MUZEO featuring contemporary works of art, or catch a ball games at the Angel Stadium.
The great thing about Anaheim is its great location to many different cities, popular attractions, and even water views. The city is only 20 minutes away from several local public beaches like Huntington Beach and Newport Beach featuring with world-class surfing, oceanfront dining, and plenty of water activities for all ages.