By Sheila OConnor, SF World Travel Examiner

Five great reasons to visit Irvine, California

World travelers should not miss out on Irvine, California. It's one of southern California's hidden gems. Here are five great reasons to visit one of the safest cities in America.

1. Pretend City

The most exciting part of Pretend City, however, is no doubt the "Health Center." This station has x-rays and it allows children to learn about body parts, bones, muscles, and internal organs

2. Irvine Regional Park

It's a great place for a picnic with the family and it's no wonder that the Irvine Regional Park has been voted the number one attraction on TripAdvisor.

3. All Things Bright and Beautiful

The landmark exhibition was originally organized in 1998 and at that time toured museums across the country: opening in New York; continued to Chicago; Tennessee; and Oakland, California.

4. Fun facts on Irvine

Did you know that Irvine is located with a 20-minute drive to the area's famous beaches, golfing, outdoor adventure and world-famous attractions?

5. Irvine one of America's 100 best cities for young people

The City of Irvine, in partnership with Irvine Unified School District and Team Kids, has been honored as one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People," by America's Promise Alliance for the third time. See why.

Re travel: San Francisco residents can reach Irvine California by flying from SFO International Airport into John Wayne International Airport