Tourist Attractions in Orange County

Orange County is full of beaches and wine country, and it is of course very close to Los Angeles with all it’s got to offer. has a long list of activities to help you enjoy your time there and we have listed some of them to help you get an idea of your options.

Temecula: All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

If Temecula Valley wines interest you this tour is a no-miss as you get to visit 4 local Temecula wineries with tastings included.

Pick-ups are made from most local Temecula hotels.

The tour is guided by a dedicated and knowledgeable wine country guide and it includes a picnic from a top-rated local eatery.

The journey will take you to 4 different local wineries where you will learn about the wine-making process and why Temecula. Valley wine is so special. You will also get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of one of the wineries. At each winery you will get to taste and learn about a variety of different wines.

The idyllic picnic lunch will be enjoyed at one of the winery stops. When booking the tour you get to select a food option from this list:

  • Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Mediterranean Chicken Salad
  • Eggplant Caprese Sandwich
  • Turkey Club Sandwich
  • Classic Italian Sandwich
  • Artisan Cheese and Deli Plate
  • Roast Beef Sandwich
  • Viva Chicken Wrap

There are spinach wraps available as an alternative to the ciabatta bread for those who prefer that and all lunches include a side house salad served with Italian vinaigrette, a bottle of water and a chewy Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie.

The duration of the tour is 6 hours.

Newport Beach: Year-Round Whale Watching Cruise

The ocean conditions along the Orange County coastline that surrounds Newport Harbor are very calm and are full of nutrients making it an amazing place to go whale watching.

Here you can see whales all-year-round to the scenic backdrops of Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach and Newport beach.

The primary whale watching ship is 64 feet long and has a large upstairs sundeck with wrap-around outside seating, a snack bar and indoor seating with large windows and it was purpose-built for viewing marine life.

The captains and crew members are knowledgeable in marine biology, marine creatures, environment and ecosystems.

During the summer and fall the giant blue whales can be seen while finback whales and grey whales can be seen during the winter and spring. Minke whales, humpback whales, several types of dolphin, seals and other types of marine life can also be seen and each one is an experience worth the while.

The cruise is 2.5 hours long and has a 96% success rate in whale viewings.

Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

This 20-minute helicopter tour starts from the Burbank Airport, just a stone’s throw away from the famous Universal and Warner Bros Studios. Guests are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the tour to get situated and check-in with the flight team before take-off.

You will climb over the Hollywood Hills and across the LA basin and you might see some of the activities at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as you fly over Universal Studios before passing the iconic Hollywood Sign where you, if you are quick, might be able to catch a selfie.

From the Hollywood Sign to the famous Mulholland Drive and around Laurel Canyon, an exclusive, historical enclave once home to some of the greatest names in the music industry, to Beverly Hills and the ultra-wealthy Bel-Air where you can see the magnificent mansions from the air, including the one bought by Jay-Z and Beyoncé a few years ago.

The tour seats 4 people to ensure good views for everyone and includes noise-cancelling headphones that allow you to listen to the pilot’s commentary on what it is that you are seeing.

For additional fees the tour can be private or include the sunset option.

Los Angeles Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

A great way to explore and experience Los Angeles is to get this 1-day ticket for the Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing tour which includes two routes. The red route, or Hollywood Loop, has stops at

  • Big Bus Visitor Center Hollywood
  • TCL Chinese Theatre
  • Guitar Center “Rock Walk”
  • The Comedy Store
  • Whiskey A Go Go
  • Beverly Gardens Park
  • Beverly Hills/Rodeo Drive
  • Beverly Center
  • LACMA/La Bra Tarpits
  • Farmers Market/The Grove
  • Melrose Shopping
  • Paramount Studios

The blue route, The Beach Loop, has stops at

  • Beverly Gardens park
  • Beverly Hills/Rodeo Drive
  • Hammer Museum
  • Westwood Village/UCLA
  • 3rd Street Promenade/Santa Monica
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Ocean Park Beach
  • Venice Boardwalk/Muscle Beach
  • Venice Beach/Marina Del Rey
  • Sony Studios

The Hollywood Loop features views of Walk-of-Fame and the Hollywood sign.

You have a choice of personal recorded commentary in 9 languages or an entertaining live commentary.

Choose to stay on the bus for the whole tour or jump on and off at the places that interest you more to explore them further. The freedom is yours and you can create the experience that suits you the best. The ticket is valid for 1 day after it’s been activated.

Los Angeles: Hollywood & Celebrity Homes Tour

This tour of Hollywood highlights takes place in the comfort of an open-top bus and if your hotel is in Hollywood, West Hollywood or Beverly Hills it includes free pick-up and drop-off.

The tour also includes a visit to the famous Hollywood Sign where you can take a souvenir photo and marvel at the breathtaking views of downtown LA.

The tour guide and driver will take you past historic attractions, including Walk of Fame and Chinese Theatre, Dolby Theater and the circular Capitol Records Building as well as the Hollywood and Vine district.

You will then cruise down Sunset Boulevard to see some of the iconic bars and nightclubs, like Viper Room and Whiskey A- Go-Go and the Famous Chateau Marmont hotel where many legends have stayed.

Lastly you will drive down Rodeo Drive and its upscale stores, take a picture of the Beverly Hills sign and see the homes of celebrities like Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Elvis Presley and many more.

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