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Orange County, CA

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Orange County is synonymous with Southern California; as the focus of shows like The O.C. and Laguna Beach, people all over the country get a sense of the beach towns that line the California coast south of L.A. The county enjoys a Mediterranean climate, which makes surfing and going to the beach possible all year, and attracts tourists in search of sunshine. There is also a booming economy; because of the pleasant climate and many quaint planned communities, a number of Fortune 500 companies have headquarters here.

Orange County Apartments

$1469-$5116

3400 Avenue of the Arts Apartments
Beds: Studio-2  •  Baths: 1-2

$1064-$3018

Heritage Village Anaheim for Seniors
Beds: 1-2  •  Baths: 1

$1217-$3358

Peppertree Apartments
Beds: 1-2  •  Baths: 1

$1325-$4708

Pine Lake Terrace Apartments
Beds: 1-2  •  Baths: 1-2

$2145-$3308

Axis 2300
Beds: 1-3
Baths: 1-3.5

$2510-$4761

Essex Skyline at MacArthur Place
Beds: 1-2
Baths: 1-2

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Getting Around in Orange County, CA

As with most of Southern California, Orange County is most easily accessible by car. Three major freeways run through the area, Interstate 5, Interstate 405, and Interstate 605. However, public transportation is also available. The Orange County Transportation Authority operates 77 different bus lines and one rapid bus service. Transit is also available via train; three different Metrolink lines make it possible for commuters to get in and out of Los Angeles.

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Surf City

<p>Orange County is known for its surf culture and mellow Southern California vibe. Filled with beach towns, Orange County hosts millions of tourists a year. One city in particular&mdash;Huntington Beach&mdash;stands out: it is nicknamed &ldquo;Surf City, U.S.A&rdquo; and holds many annual surfing competitions. These events include the U.S. Open of Surfing and the Surf Dog Competition, where dogs get on longboards to try their luck. Surf culture also contributes to Orange County&rsquo;s economy: many lifestyle and apparel companies have headquarters there, including Rainbow Sandals, Quiksilver, and Wet Seal.</p>

Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace

<p>The Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace consists of a number of interesting displays around the former president. Located in Yorba Linda, the museum is built on the land where Nixon was born, and includes his homestead, a modest house built by his father. The library is of a much grander scale; it is 52,000 square feet and cost $25 million to construct. The collection holds everything from Nixon&Otilde;s presidential papers to the limousine he used; a standout exhibit displays brass figures of world leaders whom he met while in office.</p>

Disneyland

<p>The world-famous Disneyland resort and theme park is also in Orange County, in the town of Anaheim. Unlike Disney World in Florida, Disneyland was designed by Walt Disney himself, and unveiled on a TV special in 1955. The park is broken up into eight &Ograve;lands,&Oacute; which each have a unique feel and theme; for example, New Orleans Square takes visitors back to the 19th century, while Main Street U.S.A. replicates Disney&Otilde;s boyhood town. In recent years, Disneyland has added more and more extreme rides, in order to appeal to thrill seekers.</p>