Travel Savvy West
by Barbara Barton Sloane


Irvine California - Come With an Open Mind, Leave with a Lasting Impression

It was December. Stepping out of the John Wayne Airport and looking up into the sky, I saw a somewhat unfamiliar object: a bright orange disk which I instantly identified as the sun! Lovely. The air was soft and felt pure. My surroundings were a palette of baby blue, spring green and bright white. I thought, I'm going to like this place. (I was right).

The Center of Orange County

Some think of Irvine as an agricultural center, some as a home to military bases or world corporations. Many know it only as the site of the University of California, Irvine. It is all of these together that create the dynamic city that today thrives at the center of Orange County. Importantly, Irvine is also the recipient of two significant awards. It has been named America's Safest City for seven consecutive years by none other than the FBI, and CNN Money Magazine has ranked it No.#4 in a survey of the country's Best Places to Live. Founded in the 1960s when the University campus was built, today it is a city dedicated to quality of life for its residents in myriad ways, including keeping it green with nearly 60,000 acres of wildlands and parks. Irvine is a leading business center with more than a hundred corporations as well as a multicultural community whose residents speak more than 70 different languages. Here diversity is genuinely honored...