Orange County Vacations


Laguna Beach Festival of Arts

Beaches, Wine and Gardens of SoCal

Mission San Juan Capistrano - The Jewel of the Missions

Laguna Beach... A Tour for the Soul

Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace

Sportsfishing and Whale Watching

Fun is always in season at Knott’s Berry Farm!

The Happiest Place on Earth – The Disneyland Resort

When on Island Time have the time of your life

Beach Boys Coastal Tour

Evening Entertainment Galore!

Travel Tips - Enjoy OC's "Grand Tour"



Begin your "Grand Tour" of Orange County's summer celebrations by experiencing the 2017 Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach July 7 - August 31, 2017. Visit our special events page to learn more about California's "must see" art event.

What’s the closest thing to watching the world’s best surfers compete in a full-on stadium atmosphere ON THE BEACH? The Vans US Open of Surfing, July 29 – August 6, brings a 9-day celebration of surfing and surf culture to the sands of Huntington City Beach. Experience over 300 of the top surfers in the world competing in the world's only surf arena, along with skateboarding and BMX in the at the beach. This family-friendly event features exhibits on the sand, free outdoor movie showings, art installations, retail store, athlete meet & greets or autograph sessions, and musical acts.

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Laguna Beach Festival of Arts

Join us this summer to experience the Festival of the Arts and Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach.

Prior to viewing the Pageant, explore one of the nation's oldest and most highly acclaimed fine art shows, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. For more than 82 years, this prestigious juried art show includes a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, hand crafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more all created by Orange County artists.

Spend an entire day (or two) enjoying demonstrations, art workshops, daily art tours and live music. You will also not want to miss the Sawdust Festival and the Art-Affair both of which are within walking distance of the Festival grounds.

As the sun sets experience the Pageant of the Masters - there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world! Experience spectacle, music, stories and grand illusions as masterpieces come to life In the 17th and 18th centuries. This year's theme, "THE GRAND TOUR", highlights the desire to experience the worlds great art firsthand which thus began the European tradition of continental travel to create THE GRAND TOUR! Inspired to set out on pilgrimages by land and sea to the great cultural centers of Europe, and eventually the globe, early travelers often risked life and limb to stand in the presence of masterpieces.

This package is available for groups or individuals - call 800-255-5258 or email suzanne@authenticcaliforniavacations.com for all the details!

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Beaches, Wine and Gardens of SoCal

Lunch and Tour of the Huntington Library Gardens -Surround yourself with 120 acres of breathtaking gardens, three art galleries, a library showcasing magnificent collections of rare books and manuscript.

Tour of "The OC" – Visit the iconic southern California beach cities - Huntington Beach, known as “Surf City USA!”, Newport Beach, the epitome of the casual sophisticated lifestyle and the quaint quirky artists’ colony of Laguna Beach.

Lunch with Wine Pairings in Temecula – One of the most historic communities in southern California and a Top 10 wine region in the US as designated by Traveler’s Choice Wine Destination

Mission San Juan Capistrano - The Jewel of the Missions


Known as the "Jewel of the California Missions", take the Talk and Walk tour and learn the history of the famous cliff swallows and hear the legendary "Swallows of Capistrano" story describing why they return home to the Mission every March. You will also have an opportunity to pan for gold and create your very own adobe brick. Surround yourself in history as you stroll the gardens.

After you complete your tour, head north on the 405 and visit South Coast Plaza known as the "jewel of luxury shopping" on the West Coast. This shopping mecca is recognized internationally for its unparalleled collection of nearly 300 boutiques and award-winning restaurants. No visit to the OC is complete without THE South Coast Plaza experience!
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Laguna Beach... A Tour for the Soul

A very special opportunity to experience two of the reasons Laguna Beach is world famous - marine life and the arts. Visit Orange County’s only marine mammal rescue center for a special tour to learn about seals and sea lions and how these animals are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. journey off to a picturesque ocean view cove where the wildlife hangs out including sea lions, shore birds and often times you may see dolphins and whales (a camera is an absolute must for this picturesque view).

Lastly, Laguna Beach is world-renowned as an artist colony. Stroll through the village and enjoy an array of art displays and galleries where you will have a special opportunity to meet and chat with local artists. If you are lucky, you may be able to watch or play with "the beautiful people"in a game of beach volleyball!
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Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace

The Richard Nixon Museum and Birthplace offers a large dose of pop culture mixed with foreign affairs exhibits, the incredible Pat Nixon Rose Garden and the quaint birthplace of Richard Nixon, built by his father Frank in 1912. Also included in the tour: A replica of the Lincoln Sitting Room in the White House's family quarters as it was decorated during President Nixon's time in office, an exploration of the space program during the Nixon presidency, featuring an astronaut's space suit, the telephone President Nixon used to call Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, and an actual Moon rock, the 1967 Lincoln Continental limousine used by Presidents Johnson, Nixon, and Ford, a replica of the East Room of the White House and the opportunity to step aboard Army One – the helicopter used by Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford.
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Sportsfishing and Whale Watching

For the sportfisherman, Dana Point Harbor and Newport Beach offer excellent fishing excursions. for both beginners and experienced fisherman, with day trips, afternoon and evening excursions. The average catch can feature more than two dozen different species of fish, from yellowtail to halibut and bass.

Enjoy guided sportfishing tours to local fishing spots to learn the tricks of the trade. Day trips to Catalina Island take you where the big fish are and it is not uncommon to catch a magnificent 50- or 60-pound fish.

Dana Point sportfishing options include kayak fishing or ocean fishing. These excursions can get you all deck out with rental gear and have you ready for an incredible day on the ocean in no time.

Fun is always in season at Knott’s Berry Farm!

With dozens of rides, shows and attractions in five themed areas, there is something for everyone at Knott’s. Splash down the Timber Mountain Log Ride, featuring new scenes, thrills, and special effects. Stroll the streets of the Old West Ghost Town® where you’ll meet its many residents – but look out for bandits! Camp Snoopy, home of the PEANUTS gang, will round out your day with pint-sized adventures in a high sierra setting.

The new Boardwalk area offers three rides for the whole family! Be ready to go on a thrilling new journey into the depths of the Boardwalk to fight the Kraken Queen and save the park from a watery doom on Voyage to the Iron Reef™. The spectacular new interactive 4-D ride features ten interactive scenes filled with menacing sea creatures and many hidden surprises that react to the accuracy of the freeze blasters controlled by the guests on board. Every rider earns a score, which makes every trip to the Iron Reef a competitive, repeatable adventure.

The Happiest Place on Earth – The Disneyland Resort

Make your way to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, where Guests of every age are commemorating 60 years of Disney magic with dazzling entertainment and sparkling surprises, including 3 new nighttime spectaculars: Disneyland Forever, Paint the Night and World of Color - Celebrate!

Since Disneyland Park opened on July 17, 1955, the Disneyland Resort has been an unforgettable destination for families to return to, again and again—a source of joy for the entire world and a place where innovation has continued to inspire an exciting future.

Throughout the festivities, soak up the sights as iconic jewels you know and love—Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park and Carthay Circle Theatre at Disney California Adventure Park—magically transform, glistening and gleaming with special Diamond Celebration enhancements.
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When on Island Time have the time of your life

When you are on Island Time, you are always having the time of your life. Catalina Island is a place where the gentle rhythm of the waves makes time slow down and features fabulous land and water activities including the new Zip Line and SeaTrek Undersea Adventure.
Hit the Water - There are a myriad of things to do on the water at Catalina Island. Scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, jet skis, boating, sailing, sport fishing, glass bottom boat tours, submarine tours, para-sailing, swimming, ocean rafting, and more. If you like water activities, Catalina Island is the perfect getaway.
Enjoy the Land - With over 75 square miles of land, Catalina Island has a wealth of land-based activities. Golf cart rentals, bicycle rentals, interior tours, walking and hiking trails, camping, zip lining, shopping, and day spas are all available. You have the choice to do everything or nothing at all, it\\\\\\\'s up to you. Join us as we experience a sense of the timelessness and feeling of tranquility, Island Time!

Beach Boys Coastal Tour

Start your day in Laguna Beach home of the famous Festival of the Arts and the Pageant of the Masters. Join in a game of beach volleyball on Main beach or Stroll around Laguna Beach, a quaint, funky town thats like no other.

Then head for Newport Beach and visit world-famous Newport Harbor. See "The Wedge” where the cool surf crowd hangs, feel like a castaway as you see Pirates Cove, home to Gilligan and the crew, visit The Balboa Pavilion, a famous 1920’s Waterfront speakeasy. You won’t believe the spectacular homes and boats of celebrities such as George & Gracie Burns, Dean Koontz, “The Duke”(John Wayne) and Shirley Temple.

The perfect place to end your day is enjoying a beautiful Pacific sunset on the beach which is home to the annual U.S. Open of Surfing in “Surf City USA”, Huntington Beach. Even though not a Beach Boy song, this is “Surfin USA” . Visit the International Surfing Museum, dine at one of the many award-winning restaurants and “chill”!

Evening Entertainment Galore!

Looking for your Knight in Shining Armor? Marvel at awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry, as you thrill to a rousing jousting tournament at Medieval Times. Feast on a four-course meal fit for royalty. Let your journey begin!

Hey Matey! Pirates Dinner Adventure, a Broadway-quality show is presented on an authentically replicated 18th century Spanish galleon anchored in a 250,000 gallon indoor lagoon, setting the stage for an astonishing display of special effects, wizardry, aerial artistry, swashbuckling swordplay, dynamic duels and a hearty feast.

Teatro Martini offers an energetic evening of non-stop comedy, daring acrobatic acts, music and unique performances paired with fantastic dining experiences. Described as a cross between vaudeville and cabaret this non stop show is suitable for ages 18 and older.