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Cleveland National Forest- The Cleveland National Forest lies in Southern California stretching from the San Diego area, northward to the Orange and Riverside County urban areas. Visitors can find solitude and escape from the busy life of the nearby cities.
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Orange County State Parks and Beaches- Orange County lies in Southern California, along the coast between Los Angeles and San Diego. Orange County's state park sites all lie along the coast. Cliff's line the beaches here, which are characterized by broad, level expanses of sand.

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Description - With its sunny beaches, luxurious resorts, theme parks and unlimited opportunities for shopping and dining, Orange County offers opportunities for everyone. Orange County's greatest strength is its chameleonlike nature. Just when you think you have it figured out, you stumble across a vision of Southern California that is nothing like what you imagined. In one corner of the county is the bustling community of Little Saigon, home to the largest concentration of Vietnamese Americans in the United States. In another is rustic Silverado Canyon, where stagecoach service ran over a hundred years ago and where today you'll find residents riding their horses to the post office, the general store, or Silverado Cafe. Each feels a world away from the other, yet both are within the same county lines and just minutes from one of the state's busiest freeways.

Attractions - Orange Counties balmy weather, sparkling beaches and exciting theme parks are just some of its many attractions. Visit the captivating Mission San Juan Capistrano, skin-dive in kelp beds rich with sea life off Doheny State Beach, learn to surf, or simply admire the exhibits at the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach. Explore Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, a relatively untouched wilderness within the 400-square-mile Cleveland National Forest. Or just kick back and fish for halibut off one of the county's many public piers. It's all part of ever-changing Orange County.

Recreation - Theme parks make Orange County a playground for families, while Orange County's beaches draw surfers. This region also offers opportunities for hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, road biking, mountain biking, horseback riding, climbing, picnicking, and camping.

Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California. Coastal areas have a moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. The best seasons to visit are spring and fall but with the generally mild climate, outdoor activities are available year-round in Southern California. Orange County experiences 328 days of sunshine a year and an average daytime temperature of 73 degrees.

Location - Orange County is located along the coast of Southern California, between Los Angeles and San Diego. It includes the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Mission Viejo. Interstates 5 and 405 both lead through the county.

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California Tourism, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-GO-CALIF

California Welcome Center, Santa Ana, MainPlace, Lower Level, SW Outside Entrance, 2800 North Main St., Suite 112 , Santa Ana, CA, 92705, Phone: 714-667-0400

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California Regions - From the Gold Country to the San Francisco Bay Area, from the Central Coast to San Diego County, these regions are home to State Parks, National Parks, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, National Recreation Areas, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) areas and much more.


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