Irvine, California

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Irvine, California

As if the honor of being deemed "America's Safest Big City" since 2005 isn't enough, Irvine — the center of Orange County, California — offers visitors shopping, diverse dining, outdoor recreation and family-friendly activities. Just minutes from the area's popular beaches and world-famous attractions, Irvine is the ideal location for a true Southern California experience!

The City

Irvine is a city like no other: a master-planned balance of urban living and preserved natural space at the center of Orange County in coastal Southern California. Reflecting the visionary spirit of its University of California campus, Irvine is not only a great place to vacation, it's an exceptional destination for meetings and events, a multicultural home to over 100 company headquarters. At the same time, Irvine is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the country, ranked "America's Safest Big City" by the FBI since 2005 and less than half an hour from some of California's best-loved attractions, including Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Disneyland Park® and Knott's Berry Farm. If you love sunny days and mild nights, world-class shopping, hiking and biking, and diverse dining, find it all at the center of Orange County: Irvine, California. Irvine boasts the most open space in all of Orange County with 16,000 acres offering 54 miles of off-street bikeways, along with hiking and horseback riding trails. Much of Irvine’s open space is part of the Irvine Ranch which encompasses 50,000 acres and has been named a Natural Landmark by both the U.S. Department of the Interior and State of California. The area, deemed by scientists as one of the world's biodiversity "hot spots," features hundreds of different species of plants and animals, including eagles, badgers, mountain lions, Tecate cypress trees, and many rare species of birds, reptiles and amphibians. Bommer and Shady Canyons beckon walkers and hikers to stroll past ancient oak and sycamore groves and rough rock outcrops. The 2.8-acre Quail Hill Trailhead is an easy two-mile natural surface trail and is the only wilderness trail part of the Natural Landmarks that allows dogs. San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary are comprised of more than 300 acres of restored coastal freshwater wetlands. Twelve miles of trails serve as an oasis for walkers, joggers, and birdwatchers as well as a living laboratory for students, teachers and the public.


Irvine is home to annual and seasonal events.

Do & See

Irvine offers visitors outdoor recreation with miles of hiking and biking trails, family-friendly activities, diverse dining, golf and shopping.


For the urban foodie with a palate that craves global cuisine, Irvine dining is varied and exciting. With nearly 40% of the city’s population of Asian descent, the representation of international cuisine — including China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, and other distant cultures — is truly astounding.


Irvine and Orange County offer world-class shopping and entertainment with a eclectic mix of retail centers, upscale boutiques, fashion, food and IMAX movies.

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