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Anaheim Travel Guide


Anaheim Introduction


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Anaheim, the 10th largest city in California, is located southeast of downtown Los Angeles in the middle of Orange County. It's synonymous with Disneyland, which opened in 1955 on the site of a former orange grove and changed the city's profile forever. Disney's Magic Kingdom soon became the most-visited place in all of North America. It is continually expanding and updating its facilities. Disney's California Adventure debuted a US$1 billion renovation and expansion project in 2012. Together, the two Disney parks draw nearly 50 million visitors a year.  Click here to see the full Anaheim travel guide on Travel42 »

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Anaheim Geography


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Covering some 50 sq mi/130 sq km, Anaheim (the second most populous city in Orange County after Santa Ana), lies about 26 mi/42 km southeast of Los Angeles. It is bisected by Interstate 5 (the Santa Ana Freeway), which runs northwest-southeast and links Anaheim to Los Angeles and San Diego. Elongated east-west, Anaheim extends from prosperous Anaheim Hills (part of the Santa Ana Mountains) in the east to the city of Cypress in the west.  Click here to see the full Anaheim travel guide on Travel42 »

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Anaheim History


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The city of Anaheim was founded in 1857 by Bavarian and German farmers, who established vineyards along the banks of the Santa Ana River. In the 1880s, a plague destroyed the vines, which were replaced by citrus orchards. Citrus soon came to dominate the local industry, leading to the name Orange County (established in 1889). The city of Anaheim was primarily an agricultural town until 1954, when pioneering Hollywood producer Walt Disney bought 160 acres/2 hectares of orange groves in order to build a fantasy theme park. Disneyland opened the following year and immediately established itself as the city's largest employer.   Click here to see the full Anaheim travel guide on Travel42 »

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Anaheim Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Anaheim spreads over 50 sq mi/130 sq km, so a bit of planning goes a long way when it comes to sightseeing. The most interesting sites are arranged in three regional groupings: Downtown Anaheim, Disney Resort to the south and the Platinum District. To save time and energy, group your sightseeing according to geography. For example, Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Anaheim GardenWalk should naturally be done together—although Disneyland itself is so large that many visitors spend the entire day, or even a weekend or longer there.   Click here to see the full Anaheim travel guide on Travel42 »

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Anaheim Restaurants & Dining


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Anaheim offers dining options that span the globe. Many restaurants are family-focused, with the lion's share of options concentrated near Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center.   Click here to see the full Anaheim travel guide on Travel42 »

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