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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.
1. Bike Irvine - 44.5 miles of off-road bicycle trails and 282 miles of on-road bicycle lanes. 2. Please your palate with a variety of cuisines and international flavors at Diamond Jamboree. 3. Shop at one of Irvine’s retail and lifestyle centers - Irvine Spectrum Center and The Market Place. 4. Celebrate 50 different cultures at the Irvine Global Village Festival, Orange County’s largest multicultural festival. 5. Ride the Irvine Spectrum Center’s iconic 108-foot tall Giant Wheel, custom-designed and hand crafted in Italy. 6. Let the kids play grown-up at Pretend City Children’s Museum. 7. Pay your respect at the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial, the nation’s only memorial dedicated to honoring all of the fallen American service members in the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq. 8. Explore the area’s history and learn how the city began with a visit to the Irvine Historical Museum and the Irvine Ranch Historic Park. 9. Get a bird’s-eye view of the area 400 feet above the ground aboard the Great Park Balloon at the Orange County Great Park. 10. Visit the Irvine Museum, the only museum in the state dedicated to the preservation and display of California Impressionism.
Historic Irvine

Historic Irvine

The history of Irvine is not a long one -- in fact, today's growing city celebrated its 40th anniversary in December 2011. But the Irvine region has a long and rich history, dating back to 1878 when James Irvine acquired his business partners’ interests in 168 square miles of future Orange County land for $150,000; today, that amount would equate to $3.56 million. The acquisition created the great Irvine Ranch consisting of 110,000 acres stretching 23 miles from the Santa Ana River to the Pacific Ocean. Visitors can explore the oldest standing structure within the original boundaries of Irvine Ranch, and the first wooden house erected between Anaheim and San Diego at the Irvine Historical Museum. In addition, the Irvine Ranch Historic Park, site of the original Irvine Ranch headquarters, features several of the original structures, including the home of James Irvine II, numerous barns and residential buildings. Step back in time at the La Quinta Inn in Old Town Irvine where 101 rooms of the hotel once served as the silos of a former lima bean and grain warehouse. In 1986, the silos were converted to the hotel. The center hexagonal concrete silos are now the interior corridors serving the rooms located in the exterior facing silos and the tin shed, kept mostly intact including the original main lift, is utilized as the area where the hotel serves breakfast. The hotel has a picture display including a brief history and description of "Historic Old Town Irvine."

Irvine is home to annual and seasonal events.
Irvine offers visitors outdoor recreation with miles of hiking and biking trails, family-friendly activities, diverse dining, golf and shopping.
Historic Irvine

Historic Irvine

The history of Irvine is not a long one -- in fact, today's growing city celebrated its 40th anniversary in December 2011. But the Irvine region has a long and rich history, dating back to 1878 when James Irvine acquired his business partners’ interests in 168 square miles of future Orange County land for $150,000; today, that amount would equate to $3.56 million. The acquisition created the great Irvine Ranch consisting of 110,000 acres stretching 23 miles from the Santa Ana River to the Pacific Ocean. Visitors can explore the oldest standing structure within the original boundaries of Irvine Ranch, and the first wooden house erected between Anaheim and San Diego at the Irvine Historical Museum. In addition, the Irvine Ranch Historic Park, site of the original Irvine Ranch headquarters, features several of the original structures, including the home of James Irvine II, numerous barns and residential buildings. Step back in time at the La Quinta Inn in Old Town Irvine where101 rooms of the hotel once served as the silos of a former lima bean and grain warehouse. In 1986, the silos were converted to the hotel. The center hexagonal concrete silos are now the interior corridors serving the rooms located in the exterior facing silos and the tin shed, kept mostly intact including the original main lift, is utilized as the area where the hotel serves breakfast. The hotel has a picture display including a brief history and description of "Historic Old Town Irvine."

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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