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Sightseeing and landmarks in Orange County

History museums

History Museum
“Charles Bowers was a land developer who lived in Orange County and before he passed away he donated a plot of land to the city of Santa Ana. In 1931 after his wife had died, a building was constructed on the land and in 1936 the Charles W. Bowers Memorial Museum was opened for the first time. Over the decades the museum has had various refurbishments and the museum’s size has increased tenfold. The museum is a great place to take a look at the different cultures in the world and there are over 100,000 items to peruse.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Church
“The Jewel of the Missions founded by Fr Junipero Serra in 1776 along the El Camino Real, from Baja, Mexico up to northern California.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Library
“Richard Nixon's family was a well-established Quaker family in Whittier. The Nixon Library and Museum tells the story of Nixon's childhood, young adulthood, entrance into politics, political career and downfall very well. It is a must-see for history buffs. After visiting the Museum, visit the places in Whittier where Nixon went to high school, college, church and where he worked. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
History Museum
“Rancho Los Alamitosis twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places - once as the sacred Tongva village of Povuu’ngna, the traditional birthplace of the native people of the Los Angeles Basin and, second, for the evolution of its significant historic landscape over time.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Church
“San Juan Capistrano has grown in the last few years. It has many restaurants, some have music during the weekends. Many destination weddings and events at the mission. The train station is in downtown and Los Rios district is where you can walk and see the adobe houses, the Zoomars for kids to see animals and feed them. San Juan Capistrano and its surroundings cities are very safe like Dana Point, San Clemente, Laguna Beach, etc. ”
  • 25 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Pier
“Great place to go for food, exploring & you can join boat charters to Catalina Island, whale watching (seasonal), etc.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Pier
“Ready to get out for a stroll along the beach, some sight seeing, local food and drink...this is the spot!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“This is a free destination. Reach it by car, free parking and then cross over the bridge and go on the hiking trail. It is a marsh and bird sanctuary. It is amazing if you enjoy bird watching. Great Pictures! When the air is clear, this is also a great spot to see the mountain range from here.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“This locations has multiple paths some easier than others. Also allows bikes on some, not all of the paths. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“One of the most beautiful walks right along the cliffs North of Main Beach - easy to do”
  • 10 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Enjoy a Bird's-eye-view spanning 40 miles ona . clear day. Soar 400 feet above the surrounding landscape on the tethered balloon ride!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Exactly as it sound, Inspiration Point is breathtakingly beautiful. Catch a view of the sunset over the ocean or check it out any time during the day, when you need a moment to appreciate the beauty the world has to offer. This is a special place!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Beach
“We love running on this beach. enjoy long beach days during the spring and summer months soaking in the warm waters and enjoying the bright California sun. Don't forget your sunscreen and water!”
  • 1 local recommends

Historic sites

Historic Site
“This establishment is close by and a great place to visit for coffee, lunch, or even better ... dinner. ”
  • 82 locals recommend
Library
“Richard Nixon's family was a well-established Quaker family in Whittier. The Nixon Library and Museum tells the story of Nixon's childhood, young adulthood, entrance into politics, political career and downfall very well. It is a must-see for history buffs. After visiting the Museum, visit the places in Whittier where Nixon went to high school, college, church and where he worked. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“It's our old downtown. The heart of Orange County. It is unique multi cultural, multi generational community that embraces the enjoyment of diversity.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Historic Site
  • 1 local recommends

Libraries

Library
“Richard Nixon's family was a well-established Quaker family in Whittier. The Nixon Library and Museum tells the story of Nixon's childhood, young adulthood, entrance into politics, political career and downfall very well. It is a must-see for history buffs. After visiting the Museum, visit the places in Whittier where Nixon went to high school, college, church and where he worked. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Park
“Quiet & Exclusive venue where many weddings take place. The coastal garden cuisine at Cafe Jardin marries vibranty fresh CA produce with a French pedigree. Located in full view of the central flower gardens. Dining takes place outdoors fore the most part, moving indoors in case of inclement weather - a rarity in Orange County.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Library
“Plenty of parking. Great place for books and a great place to walk and enjoy with family and friends”
  • 11 locals recommend
Library
“Impressive architecture and design, huge fish tank, play area and splash pad for kids”
  • 6 locals recommend