If your ideal holiday is one spent with Mickey Mouse and the Peanuts gang, then Anaheim is the place for you. Home to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and a whole host of other theme parks, the city is the epitome of All American Fun with a capital F.
Even if you’re not a huge Disney fan, it’s hard not to get swept along with the fantasy aspect of the attractions here, whether it’s meeting Donald Duck, exploring Californian “beaches” or having a go on the numerous rides that all the parks offer. It’s all very artificial, admittedly, but that’s part of the appeal.
Most people will make visiting Disneyland the main purpose of their visit and depending on how long you have and how much Disney you feel you can take, you could spend two or three days visiting Disneyland alone. Once you’re all Disneyed-out, you can pay a visit to the park’s sister attraction, California Adventure, or go a little further afield to visit Snoopy at Knott’s Berry Farm.
Within the city of Anaheim itself, there are several attractions worth visiting, most notably DisneyICE rink where the Mighty Ducks practise, but which is also open to the public for skating; and Oak Canyon Nature Center, not a theme park, but a very pleasant area of woodland with walking trails through it.
Once you’ve exhausted all that Anaheim has to offer, you’re on the doorstep of some of Southern California’s best beaches and natural scenery as well as only a short drive from LA and San Diego, meaning there’s no excuse not to explore the best of the West Coast.
Suggestions for optional tours:
Anaheim Round-Trip Theme Park Transport: LEGOLAND®California
Grand Tour of Los Angeles from Anaheim
Knott’s Berry Farm General Admission Ticket
Go Los Angeles Card
Anaheim Theme Park Transport: SeaWorld San Diego
Disneyland Resort Character Dining
2-Day Disneyland Resort Ticket
Catalina Island Day Trip
Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure
Universal Studios Hollywood and Night Tour of Los Angeles from Anaheim