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LA Tours in Spring

May 12th, 2016

It’s cliché, it’s cheesy, and it’s loads of fun. No trip to the Los Angeles area is complete without taking a tour or two. It’s the best way to see all the highlights, especially when you claim a seat on top of a double decker. Recently, some of the Kardashians went undercover as tourists on a local bus, proving that even celebrities can’t resist the call of the classic outing. LA is brimming with high quality tour companies, such as Starline Tours which offers a variety of tour options including hop-on, hop-off, stars’ homes, and quintessential Los Angeles highlights.

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Try A Day in LA Tours, which can customize tours for private groups or offer a perfected route that shows you all the best stuff the city has to offer. Select from various themes, whether it’s beach hopping, shopping, or restaurants and clubs known for celebrity sightings.

Be a Star in LA

Another Side of Los Angeles Tours is known for being a little more intimate and niche. From foodie-based tours to musically infused options, this is the tour company for those who want something a little different.

Also check out LA City Tours, Los Angeles Sightseeing, and Ultimate Hollywood Tours to find the tour that fits your schedule, budget and needs.

Disney Character Dining Dinner

April 20th, 2016

Want to dine Disney-style? Share a meal with Mickey or eat ooey gooey brownies with Goofy? This special dining outing is one you can’t miss! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for kids and parents enjoy the experience just as much. Choose from traditional, family or buffet-style dining.

 

Available for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can book online and specify your dining style. Restaurants are peppered around the Disney resort, so you can cherry pick exactly what kind of fare you like. With booked tickets, there are never any lines and you can take all the photos and videos you like.

Be Our Guest!

For travelers who want a more one-on-one experience with beloved Disney characters, this is the ultimate outing. Choose only the characters you want to dine with, and select from restaurants like the Lilo and Stitch Aloha Breakfast, Minnie and Friends Character Breakfast, and more. Do know that tickets can sell out quickly, so it’s best to book in advance.

Adult and children’s prices are offered, and all experiences are handicap accessible. It’s one of the top attractions within Disney, but one that’s often overlooked. Make that next meal extra special by inviting some very special guests along!

Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific

April 9th, 2016

No trip to the golden coast is complete without heading under the sea—or at least visiting the full-time residents! At the Aquarium of the Pacific, the whole family can enjoy a day of meeting sea creatures. Special exhibits are always popping up, and in April there’s the Jellies exhibit, which showcases one of the ocean’s most mysterious and beautiful residents.

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There’s also the Southern California Steelhead Story; an exhibit that’s immersive and tells the tale of local waterways and why this fish plays a key role. The penguins have arrived, the first in the aquarium’s history, and now is the time to meet them at the new June Keyes Penguin Habitat. Head to the Ocean Science Center, hosted by NOAA, and explore the why’s and how’s behind the ocean.

Dive In!

The Molina Animal Care Center is where you get to see veterinarians in action in over 14,000 square feet. It’s a healthcare center for sea-faring residents, tucked right behind Shark Lagoon. Environmentally sensitive practices and preservation are a top priority of the aquarium.

Don’t miss The Southern California/Baja Gallery, home to animals who call the coastline from Baja to Oregon home. You can easily spend several days here, so map out your plan of action now!

Your Ultimate Spring Break Guide

March 15th, 2016

 

If you’re traveling to Anaheim during spring break, you are lucky to be in one of the hottest spring break destinations in the country! With all the southern California beaches at your fingertips, you can spend each day at a different location. Venice Beach, Muscle Beach, Manhattan Beach, and more are all an easy drive away. Dine on some of the freshest seafood along the coast, or take a surf lesson to really assimilate.

Having fun in the waters

The Disney adventure awaits, with weekdays between Tuesday and Thursday being the quietest during this busy time of year. A number of theaters and cinemas are available, including the Main Street Cinema in Disneyland that features only family-friendly classics in this old school palace of a theater.

Break Up Your Routine

Spend the day in Hollywood taking a tour of star’s homes, or head to Universal Studios for the real all-star experience. Knott’s Berry Farm is a great alternative for thrill seekers who need more amusement park fun, or try the charming boardwalk in Malibu.

Shopping is an extreme sport here, whether you head to the outlet malls or to the glitz of famous boutique couture shops. Make the most of your spring break by planning ahead and choosing a comfortable hotel.

 

Check Out the Local US Military Ships

March 12th, 2016

 

There are some incredible vessels permanently docked in the Anaheim area which have been converted into museums and theaters. Discover some of the previously active-duty ships during your trip, like the USS Midway, which was an aircraft carrier. So large that it initially couldn’t access the Panama Canal, it served in the military for over 40 years before retiring in the 1990s.

Cargo ship sailing on sunrise near the sea harbor

Now, the USS Midway is one of the most popular attractions in the southern California region. Docents are readily available and all are veterans of various military branches. Get lost in the halls and rooms of this incredible ship, take an audio guide to learn more about its history, and spend your spring break exploring a part of California few see!

Getting on Board

There’s also the USS IOWA, which is home to the Pacific Battleship Center and features one area that’s been converted into an 80-seat theater. Visitors of all ages adore the ships, and it’s an excellent way to break up a busy trip of Disneyland and shopping.

Get on board today! Tickets are available “at the dock” to make this a potential last minute outing.

 

 

The Dana Point Festival of Whales

March 2nd, 2016

Earmark the first two weekends of March for the Dana Point Festival of Whales, an annual event where you get the best chance of seeing the massive whales in migration between Mexico and Alaska. On March 5th, a morning parade celebrates the movement of California’s biggest coastal residents. For the festival days, you can enjoy free parking and shuttle services (including the water taxi!) at this family-friendly tradition.

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Choose from a selection of boating excursions, but reserve your tickets soon! The most popular option is the two-hour tour, but you can select morning cruises, evening expeditions, and even a yacht outing to make the most of your trip. All guides are experts at spotting the whales and will ensure you’re in the best position possible for whale watching.

An Event to Remember

The bluffs overlooking Dana Point are gorgeous, and you can do some great whale watching from that vantage point too. There’s a three mile trail that winds down to the beach, the perfect way to start your day of whale watching.

Dana Point is open year-round, but with up to 80 whales passing through daily during the festival, now is the time to increase your odds of spotting them as they make their trek.

Get Surf Lessons in a Snap

January 20th, 2016

Learning how to surf while staying in Anaheim is a big bucket list item for many people. There’s no better place to do it! Huntington Beach Surf Lessons is one of the most established companies around, working with all ages and abilities. You can rent all the equipment you need, so all you have to do is show up, slather on the sunscreen, and get ready to learn one of southern California’s staple sports.

At Mahalo Surf School, you get the Aloha spirit along with expert instruction. Surf City Surf School has office hours open late, ‘til 8pm, so even if you’re working with a packed itinerary, you can still squeeze in time for those lessons. Call Corky Carroll’s Surf School, a five-star rated operation, and learn from the best.

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Surf’s Up!

M&M Surf School is another late night operation, has flawless reviews, and specializes in working with an eclectic mix of clients. Maybe you just learned how to swim last year, your little one wants lessons, or you’re a seasoned pro who fell out of practice for the past 40 years. No matter, M&M can help you achieve your surf dreams.

Surfriders Academy Surf School allows you to customize your surf lessons, whether you want group or individual classes. From Banzai Surf School to Newport Beach Surfing Lessons, the ocean’s the limit. Where will you hang ten?

 

 

Top Food Trucks in Anaheim

January 2nd, 2016

The southern California food truck scene is thriving, and if you want a real taste of the region, you have to eat like a local! Try out Crepes Bonaparte, a creperie on wheels with both classic and unique fillings. From sweet to savory, it’s the perfect choice for breakfast, lunch, dinner and every craving in between. Burger Monster is all burgers, all the time—and even offers delivery for group orders or catering!

The OC Food Truck features fusion, local ingredients and true farm-to-truck offerings. Oahu Shave Ice and Ice Cream is the closest thing you can get to Aloha without crossing the Pacific. The Tri Tip Man Food Truck might attract the less fair sex in throngs, but there are plenty of foodie women and kids who can throw down steak like pros too.

Bangkok, Thailand 25 July,2015: People order meal from food trucks at Food Truck Fair in Bangkok.

Gourmet on Wheels

The Poke Hut brings a brand new meaning to “hot wheels” and features fresh fare like Atlantic salmon with an ever-evolving menu. Relatively new to the food truck scene, you can be amongst the first to check it out.

Tornado Potato serves a whirlwind of Korean-inspired potato dishes, and the Devilicious Food Truck is the ultimate in Americana fare. Good things really do come in small packages (and on wheels!).

 

 

The Best Hollywood Tours in Town

October 22nd, 2015

There are some fantastic Hollywood tours to be had, but how can you know which tours are legitimate, offer the best options, and are most reputable? Luckily for Anaheim travelers, there are a bevy of high quality tours available. For starters, Starline Tours is one of the longest running tour providers in the area, offering daily, two-day and charter tours like Movie Stars’ Home Tours, Movie Locations Tours, a Hollywood Fun Trolley Tour and the Haunted Hollywood Tour.

Access Hollywood Tours has a double decker tour and a very unique stretch convertible tour. Take the two-hour loop tour of the Grove/Farmers Market, Walk of Fame, La Brea Tar Pits and Pink’s Hot Dogs (just a few of the options!). Their Hollywood Sign and Celebrity Homes Tour is another favorite.

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Be Treated like a Star

Ultimate Hollywood Tours feature open-top vans and is rated the best Hollywood homes tour on Trip Advisor. You’re whisked to the homes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Halle Berry, Katy Perry and Charlize Theron. Rockin’ Hollywood Tours has a Hollywood Landmarks Tour, Historical Musical Sites Tour, and their own celeb home tour that includes the famous Fresh Prince of Bel-Air home.

Additional reputable tour companies include Primetime Hollywood Tours, Hollywood Tourz and LA City Tours. You’ll never run out of tour options and sightings when you have the best guides as your chauffeur.

 

Fashion Island Itinerary

October 22nd, 2015

No trip to southern California is complete without a stop at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Here you’ll find the best in shopping, dining, special events and a once-in-a-lifetime cinematic experience! In November, Santa’s House opens on the 13th and of course the Black Friday sales can’t be missed. However, when it comes to planning your day at Fashion Island, it pays (literally, in savings!) to be prepared.

Start by booking your very own personal shopper so you can streamline the shopping process. Let him or her know the celeb styles you love, personal preferences, and if you want them to focus on certain shops like Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s, Francesca’s Collections or Hanna Andersson for your little ones.

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Making a Day of It

Fashion Island is just as famous for the great eats as it is the fab looks. Your staples are aplenty, such as Auntie Anne’s, but don’t miss out on the unique-to-Anaheim favorites. Try the newly opened Sushi Roku or the upcoming Hopdoddy Burger Bar, opening any day now! Otherwise, you can always dine while enjoying the latest Hollywood creation at the gigantic cinema featuring a full café, beer and wine menu.

Group tours are available, and the amenities make it a breeze to visit the Island with the whole family. Plan your itinerary carefully—you don’t want to miss out on any of the action!