If you love hiking, biking and outdoor adventure, Irvine might just become your new go-to getaway for miles of trails through preserved open space and perfect weather for all-year outdoor enjoyment.
Having ranched and farmed here for generations, the Irvine family was close to the land, and the city's original planners understood the importance of preserving wildlands, parks and places to connect with nature as a respite from urban life.
In fact, one of Orange County's most beautiful nature escapes, Irvine Regional Park, was once the private picnic grounds of James Irvine, Jr., and now offers the public 160 stunning acres of trees and trails. City planners also understand the ecological importance of open land, creating preserves like the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary that serve as refuges for local and migrating wildlife.
Of course, the shining stars of outdoor recreation in Orange County are the beaches — stretches of beautiful shoreline, quaint seaside towns, surfing, sailing and family fun. Irvine is less than half an hour from 15 beautiful, sandy miles of Orange County's best beaches: Laguna Beach to the south, Huntington Beach in the north and everything in between.