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Vacation in Irvine - California

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Area Overview

Located in the center of Orange County, Calif., Irvine is a convenient gateway to a true Southern California vacation. Visitors can enjoy miles of hiking and biking trails, golf, shopping, culture, diverse dining, activities and the city’s close proximity to the area’s popular beaches and attractions.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

The Irvine Open Space Preserve comprises a significant portion of the city’s protected natural landscape, which includes parks, greenbelts, trails and wildlands. Currently more than 5,200 acres, the Preserve is a mosaic of some of the most rare and biologically diverse ecosystems in the world, including wetlands, oak woodlands, grasslands and coastal sage scrub. The scenic landscape has been designated a Natural Landmark by both the State of California and the U.S. Department of the Interior for its preservation of critically important flora and fauna.
Irvine boasts the most open space in all of Orange County offering 54 miles of off-street bikeways, along with hiking trails.

Cultural Activities

With nearly 40% of its population being Asian, Irvine offers foodies true global cuisine, with a wide selection of delicacies from China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam and other distant shores.
Several restaurants that originated in Asia’s Pacific Rim can be found at Diamond Jamboree, a unique Southern California retail destination that brings together a variety of cuisines and international flavors.

Visitors can explore the oldest standing structure within the original boundaries of Irvine Ranch, and the first wooden house erected between Anaheim and San Diego at the Irvine Historical Museum. In addition, the Irvine Ranch Historic Park, site of the original Irvine Ranch headquarters, features several of the original structures, including the home of James Irvine II, numerous barns and residential buildings.


Take a behind-the-scenes look into the world of chocolate making. Learn how chocolate is crafted straight from the bean at Chocxo Bean to Bar Chocolatier.
Irvine and the surrounding area offer fashionistas, casual shoppers and people-watchers five retail and lifestyle centers, including three major centers each with their own personality.
Wherever you are in Irvine, there's a park or playground literally minutes away. The shopping malls sport bowling alleys and seasonal open-air ice-skating; there are carousels around every corner.

There are plenty of fun-focused venues for kids, from Pretend City Children's Museum, where little ones put on their professional hats for an imaginary excursion into the working world, to bowling alleys and K1 Speed Go Kart Racing.
The Orange County Great Park (OCGP) is a popular year-round destination for enjoying family entertainment. Visitors can get a birds' eye view of Orange County aboard the iconic Great Park Balloon as it rises 400 feet above ground; take a ride on the hand-painted Carousel and play on Kids Rock. In addition, the OCGP offers Movies on the Lawn and a Pumpkin Harvest.


Located in the center of Orange County, Irvine is just 45 miles south of Los Angeles and 90 miles north of San Diego.
Irvine is serviced by John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA), located minutes from the majority of Irvine’s hotels. John Wayne/Orange County Airport offers non-stop flights to most of the country’s largest metropolitan centers — including Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Mexico City, Minneapolis, New York City, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, British Columbia and more.
Irvine is easily accessible by car via Interstates 5 and 405. Once here, getting around is easy, as routes 73 and 55, can take you nearly everywhere in the area.
Irvine is also served by busses of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), and the Irvine Station offers convenient rail service from Amtrak and Metrolink, putting coastal Southern California from San Diego to San Luis Obispo in easy reach.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  45.4  56.0  66.5  2.9 "
 February  46.7  57.0  67.3  3.0 "
 March  48.4  58.0  67.7  2.7 "
 April  51.0  61.0  71.1  0.8 "
 May  55.4  63.8  72.3  0.3 "
 June  58.6  67.4  76.1  0.1 "
 July  62.0  71.1  80.1  0.0 "
 August  62.9  72.3  81.6  0.1 "
 September  61.4  71.0  80.7  0.3 "
 October  56.4  66.6  76.8  0.4 "
 November  49.2  60.4  71.7  1.1 "
 December  44.9  56.0  67.1  1.8 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and spring.

Irvine’s average temperature in January is 56 degrees and average temperature in August is 71 degrees. Precipitation average 10-13 inches per year.


Irvine boasts 16 hotels ranging from AAA three-diamond to economy with more than 3,700 sleeping rooms,


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