Hotel at a Glance: The Hotel Fullerton
Since the mid-1950s, Anaheim’s claim to fame has been Disneyland and its slew of rides, including whirling teacups and a roller coaster through outer space. The Hotel Fullerton sits 5 miles away from the theme park, and a complimentary shuttle takes visitors back and forth. The resort is also within easy driving distance of several family-friendly attractions, including Knott’s Berry Farm, the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park, and Huntington Beach.
- Grab a bite at one of the two onsite restaurants; Griswold Bar & Grill offers American fare and Red Restaurant serves Chinese cuisine.
- In-room amenities include LED flat-panel TVs, refrigerators, and coffeemakers.
- Take a dip in the outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub.
Anaheim, California: Magical Playland About a Half Hour from Huntington Beach
Less than an hour from Hollywood and Universal Studios, Anaheim is perfectly situated for making the most of a Southern California getaway. But most visitors never make it that far, as Disneyland has long dominated the city’s tourism scene. As Walt Disney’s original park, it has a handful of classic attractions that, though upgraded over the years, have been around since the park opened in 1955. You can ride the Mad Tea Party spinning teacups, hop on the King Arthur Carrousel, or sail in the Storybook Land Canal Boats (Walt Disney personally planted the small pine near Geppetto’s home).
Disneyland has plenty of modern rides too, including Cars Land, one of the newer additions to Disney California Adventure Park and a life-size re-creation of the town from Disney Pixar’s Cars. The highlight here is the slot-car attraction, which puts you in an automated vehicle that swerves around animatronic characters before engaging another car in a high-speed race.
If you’re in the mood for thrills, ascend the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror before dropping in a heart-pounding free fall, or climb aboard the roller coasters thundering around Paradise Pier with sweeping views of the park. Alternatively, trade fairy dust for white sand in Huntington Beach, where you’ll find 3.5 miles of free-to-the-public beaches filled with surfing, pickup volleyball games, and countless stalls hawking flip-flops and seashell-themed wares.