Newport Harbor in Newport Beach, Orange County, California (Orange County CVB)

Sailing in Newport Beach, California (Newport Beach CVB)

Huntington Beach Pier, California (Huntington Beach CVB)

Laguna Beach, Orange County, California (OCCVB)

Dana Point, California (Michel Y. G. Meunier/Wiki)

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What to do in Orange County

Just an hour south of Los Angeles, Orange County has been largely portrayed in television shows and movies as an affluent, culturally homogenized beachfront suburb. That many of its more well-known cities are planned communities reinforces this perception. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much digging to find that Orange County has more to offer than manicured golf courses and Pelican Hill-style beach resorts. The Old Towne district in the city of Orange draws locals and tourists alike with some of the best vintage shopping in Southern California, with more than 60 shops lining the streets. West of Orange is Westminster, where it’s common knowledge among Californians that you’ll find some of the state’s best Vietnamese food along Westminster Avenue. Homogenous? Only if you don’t know where to look.

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