Southwest Magazine

By Laura Burkehart

Head to Orange County, California and let the Golden State's sunshine wash over
you. Known around the world as "The OC," this stunning Southern California locale beckons with 42 miles of pristine beaches, mouth-watering cuisine, family fun, outdoor recreation, abundant nature, and outstanding entertainment, arts, and culture.
Conveniently located in central Orange County, John Wayne Airport makes air travel to The QC easy. By car, it's a breeze to navigate from scenic coastal Highway 1 to inland theme parks, cultural attractions, and shopping.
The OC offers endless possibilities for athletes and aesthetes alike...

Fall in Love -with Irvine

Irvine may be known as a tech center, but its also a haven for nature lovers. This carefully planned community boasts more than 12,000 acres of preserved habitats. The Irvine Open Space Preserve's protected natural landscapes include wetlands, oak woodlands, grasslands, and coastal sage scrub. Its parks, greenbelts, trails, and wildlands offer abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. You can walk, hike, bike, and more in this designated National Landmark area. From scenic Bommer and Shady canyons to the San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine is an oasis for those who are rejuvenated by the outdoors.
After you've worked up an appetite in the fresh air, partake in Irvine's outstanding food scene. Nearly 40% of the area's population is Asian, so the Pacific Rim options are out of this world. Head to Diamond Jamboree, a retail destination with a wide variety of international flavors, for Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, and fusion dishes. Visit 85°C Bakery; a Taiwanese coffee shop chain native to Irvine, for sweets and legendary coffee concoctions.

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