Hotel at a Glance: Hilton Garden Inn Anaheim Garden Grove
This Hilton Garden Inn was awarded TripAdvisor's distinguished Certificate of Excellence in 2013, thanks in large part to its luxurious amenities and prime location. The hotel is just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean and a 10-minute drive from Disneyland, located right up Harbor Boulevard.
- Nearby attractions include family-friendly rides at Knott's Berry Farm and Anaheim Ducks hockey games at the Honda Center.
- Made-to-order breakfast and dinner are available at the onsite Great American Grill.
- Soak up the sun amid towering palm trees in the heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi.
- Guest rooms feature the hotel's signature Garden Sleep System bedding, 32-inch TVs, and free WiFi access.
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.