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Spotlight Irvine

Where to Stay

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Irvine offers 14 full and select service hotels with 3,400 sleeping rooms. The majority of the properties are within minutes of the airport. MORE


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

About Irvine - Center of Orange County

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Jamboree Road, once a gravel path for the 1953 National Boy Scout Jamboree, is now a great way to "meet" Irvine. It runs from Fashion Island all the way to Irvine Regional Park, linking Diamond Jamboree, the District at Tustin Legacy and The Market Place along the way.

Nestled in the valley between Loma Ridge to the north and the San Joaquin Hills to the south, Irvine thrives at the center of Orange County. In fact, location is one of Irvine's best features. Bordered by Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Tustin and Laguna Woods, the City of Irvine not only offers a great place for vacations or meetings, it's also a convenient gateway to some of the best attractions of Southern California.

Many of those attractions, like Disneyland Park® and Knott's Berry Farm, are less than 25 miles away. And because Irvine is criss-crossed by Interstate 405 running roughly east-west, Interstate 5 as an inland parallel to the California coast, and Highway 55 (Costa Mesa Freeway) connecting the two, it offers easy to access all of Orange County's attractions, beaches and communities.

With our city so perfectly positioned, it's little wonder that the University of California established a campus here in the 1960s. The arrival of UC Irvine began the modern chapter of an area whose history had been written in ranching and farming for hundreds of years. The combination of natural beauty, mild climate, world-class education and placement at the center of Orange County quickly sparked a vision for the master-planned community that would become the City of Irvine.

Today, Irvine is a multicultural nexus of education, innovation, business, preserved wildlands, outdoor recreation, the arts and family-friendly communities -- a growing urban center roughly 45 square miles with a population of just over 200,000. Quality of life here is high, and the FBI has ranked Irvine "America's Safest Big City" every year since 2005.

Ready to find out for yourself? Destination Irvine is here to help. With the most comprehensive information about Irvine, its hotels, restaurants, attractions and all it has to offer — whether visiting on business, pleasure or both — contact Destination Irvine to learn more about vacations and meetings in the center of Orange County!

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A Whale of an Adventure-Blue Whale Migration Spring/Summer 2014

Jul 22 – Sep 30
The Gray Whale makes the most spectacular and longest mass migration of any…

OC Blues Soccer

Jul 22 – Sep 6
USL PRO announced its 2014 regular season format and schedule, with each of its 14 clubs playing a 28-game regular season schedule. As the league…

Then and Now: 100 Years of Plein Air Painting

Jul 22 – Oct 2
The tradition of painting beautiful landscapes nearly died out with the onset of Modernism in the 1940s, and…

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends

Jul 25 – Aug 3
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Cars and Coffee

Starting Jul 26
Hundreds of proud drivers congregate to kick tires and have a cup of coffee. There is something for everyone to enjoy; classics, exotics, concepts,…

2014 Phillips 88 National Championships

Aug 6 – Aug 10
  This event will serve as the USA National Team selection for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, 2014 Jr. Pan…

Where to Eat

Dining

Irvine offers global cuisine, with a selection of foods from India, Persia, Thailand, Vietnam and other distant shores. MORE