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Day Trip from Los Angeles to Anaheim

A day trip from Los Angeles to Anaheim may be the perfect diversion to spice up your Southern California vacation. After spending 72 hours in LA, you may want to visit some other places in SoCal, and one of the best places to explore is Anaheim.

Things to Do in Anaheim

Anaheim is known as the home of the Disneyland Resort. While the happiest place on earth is a must, there are many other attractions in Anaheim that don’t have long lines and mouse ears. Knott’s Berry Farm has just as many rides as Disneyland, live music, and a water park. For dinner and a show, visit Medieval Times, where families can cheer on their chosen knights while eating medieval-style food with their bare hands.

Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park

The Drive

The drive from Los Angeles to Anaheim is about 30 miles. The amount of time you will spend in the car depends entirely on traffic and the route you choose. The fastest trip to Anaheim is via I-5. In light traffic, the drive is about 35-40 minutes, though, during rush hour, the drive can be closer to an hour. Another option if you don’t mind going a little out of your way, you can take CA-60 east to CA-57 south through Brea. This route is 11 miles farther than I-5, and it will take you 50-90 minutes depending on when you leave downtown, Los Angeles.

Where to Eat

It is not difficult to find great places to eat in Anaheim. While the amusement parks have their own themed restaurants and food kiosks, you might want to try a place a little more unique. The Olive Tree is a restaurant in the Little Arabia District. It has received multiple awards for its Middle Eastern menu that includes shawarma, falafel, kebab, and kufta. THE RANCH is a farm-to-table restaurant that is heavy both on meat and music. THE RANCH’s Cowboy Ribeye is fantastic, and be sure to stay for the line-dancing and two-stepping almost every night of the week. A day trip from Los Angeles to Anaheim will be even more special for the whole family when you dine in the Downtown Disney District. Try Tortilla Jo’s for kid-friendly food at family-friendly prices.

Dance Night at The Ranch

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