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Best Views in Orange County 

Orange County's topography is as diverse as the people who call the region home. From dramatic sea cliffs to pine forested mountain tops to sprawling suburban landscapes, there is so much to see in OC! Wondering where the best places are to take it all in? Here are a few of our favorite viewpoints.
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Dana Point Headlands
34558 Scenic Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Nature lovers across Orange County let out a collective "boo!" when developer Sanford Edward started building mega-mansions on the bluffs above Strands beach but thanks to a tiny mouse, the endangered Pacific pocket mouse to be exact, 30 acres of the Headlands are permanently free of development. A trail from the interpretive center takes visitors through magnificent coastal sage scrub habitat and offers incredible views of the harbor, the southern Laguna Beach coastline, Catalina, and even the occasional whale passing through. If these amazing ocean views give you the sudden urge to head down to the water, take the funicular down to Stands beach, find a cozy spot on the white sand, and watch the surfers ride the waves...