Hotel at a Glance: BEST WESTERN PLUS Raffles Inn & Suites
Located about as close as you can get to Disneyland without seeing princesses posing for pictures, the kid-friendly BEST WESTERN PLUS Raffles Inn & Suites makes for a convenient Anaheim vacation spot. Business travelers will be happy to know that the Anaheim Convention Center is just across the street.
- Walking distance to Disneyland: 13 minutes. The Disney shuttle also stops in front of the hotel, and shuttle passes are available at the front desk.
- Kid-friendly digs: Each spacious room or suite includes one or two 42-inch TVs, a refrigerator, a microwave, and free WiFi.
- Start the day right: The hotel offers a complimentary full hot breakfast each morning.
- Take a dip in the hotel's heated outdoor pool.
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.