With a View: The Top 5 Views of Orange County

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They call it the OC, but there are so many ways to see the OC that you might need more than one trip to catch the sand, sea and cityscapes that make up the county. Whatever you’re in the mood to see, checking out one of these top spots will get you an eyeful of the county’s best.

1 The Resort at Pelican Hill

For a breathtaking view of bluffs and sea, there’s no better spot than this cliff-top resort. No matter which direction you look, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on the golf course, the surf and the show-stopping architecture that’s made Pelican Hill a local favorite and a celebrity getaway.
22701 Pelican Hill Rd. SouthNewport Beach, CA 92657949.467.6800www.pelicanhill.com

2 The Sun Wheel at Disney’s California Adventure

Whether your young or young at heart, there’s no denying that the view of Disneyland that you’ll see from the top of the ferris wheel is one that’s recognized around the world. And now that tourist season’s over and there’s more to see at Disneyland than ever before, taking a ride on the wheel not only gives you the view, but a reason to be a kid again.
1313 S. Disneyland Dr.Anaheim, CA 92802714.772.6777www.disneyland.com

3 Orange Hill Restaurant

The patio at Orange Hill has the coziest fire pits and you’re sure to get a good meal at the restaurant, but the real draw to this hilltop restaurant is the killer view. From this perch you’ll see the zig zag of the streets, the calm Orange Circle roundabout and more. With a glass of wine and some good friends, this is one view you’ll be back to again and again.
6410 E. Chapman Ave.Orange, CA 92869714.997.2910www.theorangehillrestaurant.com

4 The Rooftop Lounge

Location, location, location. This hotel bar isn’t sitting pretty in the lobby – when there’s a view like this there’s good reason to put it right on top. As the crown jewel of the Casa del Camino hotel, you’ll get great drinks, an even better ocean view and be at one of the hottest spots in South County.
1289 South Coast Hwy.Laguna Beach, CA 92651949.497.2246www.rooftoplagunabeach.com

5 Great Park Balloon

For a real bird’s eye view of Orange County, head to the big orange balloon at the Great Park. For just a few minutes, you’ll really be airborne and see what the birds see from 400 ft. above the ground. From there you can see the entire county and check on the development of the Great Park.
Intersection of Sand Canyon Ave. and Marine Way at the Great ParkIrvine, CA 92614866.829.3829www.greatparkballoon.org
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