With a location midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, Irvine, California, could easily be overlooked by travelers. But its position between these two popular cities is exactly what makes Irvine a fine vacation destination for families.

No visit to Southern California would be complete without a beach day, and Irvine is close to many of the most beautiful beaches in Orange County. In about 20 minutes, visitors can be on the sand or on a boat from Dana Point Harbor, which is considered to be one of the best whale-watching spots around.

Another item on most families' Southern California must-do list is the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. It's just a 20-minute drive from Irvine, but those without a car (or those who prefer not to drive) should consider taking the Disneyland Resort Express, a luxury motor coach offering daily round-trip bus service between John Wayne Airport in Orange and several locations close to Disneyland. The bus takes about 20 minutes—the same as a self-drive, but with none of the hassles.

Although Disneyland and plentiful beaches are certainly great family vacation activities in Orange County, there are many cool things to do right in Irvine.

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