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If you love to shop, plan to stay at least a week in Irvine, bring an empty suitcase and wear comfortable shoes. Irvine offers fashionistas, casual shoppers and people-watchers five major shopping destinations.



Upcoming Events


Blue Whale Migration Fall 2014-$16 Whale Watching Cruise Special Newport Beach

Nov 25 – Nov 30
The annual "Giant Blue Whale Migration" brings hundreds…

Celebration of Orange County's "Quasquicentennial."

Nov 25 – Dec 31
OC's 125th Birthday - Quasquicentennial In 1889, locals voted to separate from Los Angeles…

Selfies with Santa

Nov 28 – Dec 24
Santa returns to Irvine Spectrum Center, this year in Orange County style! Clad in a Hawaiian shirt and board shorts, St. Nick will greet visitors…

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade & Holiday Lights Cruises

Dec 4 – Jan 4
 The 2014 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is the premier Christmas event for Southern…

Run for A Claus

Dec 6
Join us for what will become Orange County's newest Holiday Tradition. The OC Marathon Presents the Inaugural Run For a Claus 5K and Kids 1 Mile…

Christmas at the Zoo

Dec 13
Christmas at the OC Zoo invites children to a special story time with Mrs. Claus and a visit with Jolly Old St. Nicholas. Guests will enjoy seasonally…

Spotlight Irvine

2014-2015 Visitors Guide

Visitors Guide

Whether here for a business trip or a family vacation, let our free Visitors Guide be your constant companion. MORE






Welcome to Irvine!

Irvine, CA is a city like no other: a master-planned balance of urban living and preserved natural space at the center of Orange County in coastal Southern California.

Reflecting the visionary spirit of its University of California campus, Irvine is not only a great place to vacation, it's an exceptional destination for meetings and events, a multicultural home to over 100 company headquarters.

At the same time, Irvine is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the country, ranked "America's Safest Big City" by the FBI since 2005 and less than half an hour from some of California's best-loved attractions, including Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Disneyland Park® and Knott's Berry Farm.

If you love sunny days and mild nights, world-class shopping, hiking and biking, and diverse dining, find it all at the center of Orange County: Irvine, California.

Be sure to check out our Blog, written by local Irvine experts, to get tips on things to do, what to see, events and more.


Where To Stay

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All Irvine hotels are just minutes from I-5 and/or I-405, putting Irvine's and Orange County's best shopping, beaches, meeting venues, hiking and biking, restaurants, amusement parks and major attractions in easy reach. More on Irvine Hotels

Where to Play

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From an energetic rock concert, a stroll through a museum, to biking and hiking outdoors, visitors will find plenty of exciting things to do in Orange County. More Things to Do in Irvine

Where to Eat


Irvine offers foodies true global cuisine, with a wide selection of foods from India, Persia, Thailand, Vietnam and other distant shores. More on Irvine Restaurants



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Destination-Irvine Now through Feb. 22 at The Bowers Museum - Heavenly Horses: Two Thousand Years of Chinese and Japanese Equine Art View this exquisite exhibit representing the horse’s impact on both Chinese and Japanese culture. Horses carried goods, people and ideas over the Silk Road, were indispensable to the military–and polo–and figure prominently in their philosophy and religion. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana bowers.org
Tuesday, November 25 5:00PM
Monday, November 24 11:49PM
Destination-Irvine 10 members of International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association enjoyed a progressive lunch last week - read what Wander Magazine wrote about the experience.
Written by and photos by Nadia Ibanez I consider myself extremely lucky to have parents born and raised outside of the US. While it’s hard to see my extended family members on a regular basis – mos...
Monday, November 24 11:10PM
Destination-Irvine Irvine ranks as safest U.S. city with population over 100,000 for 10th straight year, FBI says -
The lowest violent-crime rate in city history last year netted Irvine its 10th straight title as the safest big city in the nation, officials announced.
Monday, November 24 5:00PM
Destination-Irvine Enjoy the newly renovated Bistango's expanded 360 degree bar as well as other interior updates which lend to the perfect backdrop to the newly installed contemporary art exhibit. Bistango is known for its diverse menu of American cuisine set in an airy atmosphere distinguished by fine art exhibits and large umbrellas that suspend for the ceiling lending great intimacy. With an extensive cocktail list of classics and house specialties as well as a varied wine list, there are also beers on draft and 30 craft beers by the bottle. 19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.752.5222. bistango.com
Friday, November 21 5:00PM