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Spotlight on Anaheim

Anaheim conjures up images of Mickey Mouse, roller coasters and sunshine. This summer, explore past splashy Disneyland and uncover what other treasures this city has to offer with discounts on amusement park and museum tickets, flights and hotels.

As the center of professional athletics in Orange County, Anaheim is rooting on the NHL Anaheim Ducks during their playoffs for the Stanley Cup and settling in for the beginning of baseball season with the MLB Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of Angel Stadium for US$3 per adult and US$2 per child.

Be sure to venture into the 34 towns that make up Orange County. It boasts top-notch golf courses, the summer Orange County Fair and free helium balloon rides and outdoor concerts at the Orange County Great Park. Cruise down Pacific Coast Highway and take in the coastal views, or stop at a number of beaches from Huntington down to San Clemente. The most iconic beaches can be found in the kitschy artist colony of Laguna Beach and along the boardwalk of Huntington, known as “Surf City USA.”

Voted the No. 1 U.S. Amusement Park Destination in TripAdvisor’s 2011 Family Choice Awards, Anaheim is home to numerous theme parks. Although Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, are the most well-known parks, Southern California natives often find themselves splashing around Knott’s Berry Farm Soak City and revisiting the wild west at Knott’s Berry Farm. Situated halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, this destination is also near to Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld and Legoland. With summer on its way, many parks are extending hours, offering firework shows and multi-day discounts.

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Deal Expert, Los Angeles
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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