By Shaina Cook
Anaheim
California
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Looking to experience the best of everything Southern California has to offer? Anaheim is the place for you! Not only is Anaheim the home of Disneyland and two major sports teams, but it’s a mere 30-minute drive to downtown Los Angeles and the beach. If you’re looking to avoid some of Southern California’s notorious traffic, there’s plenty to do and see in Anaheim for a fun-filled vacation for travelers of all ages.

EscapeWizard.com can help you plan your upcoming trip to Anaheim. Because of its central location, Anaheim can easily be accessed by multiple airports. The largest airport in the area, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), is about 45 minutes away by car. Other nearby airports include John Wayne Airport (SNA), located about 20 minutes south of Anaheim in Santa Ana, and Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Long Beach, which is about 30 minutes away. Because there can be heavy traffic in these areas, it can often take much longer to drive between cities, so be sure to keep that in mind when scheduling your travel. Find great prices on flights to the Anaheim area at (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  Anaheim also offers a wide array of lodging options, including inns, hotels, and resorts that can fit your budget. Visit EscapeWizard.com’s hotel finder at (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book your accommodations today.

Anaheim, located southeast of Los Angeles in Orange County, is perhaps best known for Disneyland, Walt Disney’s original theme park which he built in 1955. While Disneyland has changed quite a bit over the last five decades, it is still a favorite destination for Disney fans of all ages and visitors will find rides and attractions based on some of their favorite characters and films. Disney California Adventure is a newer theme park adjacent to Disneyland that features areas based on many distinct parts and regions of California as well as more “big kid” rides, including a large roller coaster. If you’re in need of a break from rides and long lines, EscapeWizard.com recommends checking out Downtown Disney, an area of shops and restaurants that runs between the two theme parks and also connects to the many hotels and resorts that make up the Disneyland Resort complex.

If Disney and theme parks aren’t on your vacation agenda, don’t worry! Anaheim has plenty to offer aside from its Disney-themed attractions. The city is home to two professional sports teams, providing sports fans with games to attend throughout much of the year. If you’re a fan of baseball, EscapeWizard.com recommends catching a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game at Angel Stadium. One of a few major league teams in Southern California, the Angels won the World Series in 2002 and have since won several division titles. Hockey fans can see an Anaheim Ducks ducks game at the Honda Center, which is next to Angel Stadium.

Southern California is world renowned for its beaches and Anaheim is in rather close proximity to many of the areas coastal cities. Long Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach are all within 45 minutes of Anaheim. A day trip to the beach is a great way to beat the heat and to experience some of Orange County’s beautiful coastline.

Shoppers will find plenty of stores and shopping malls in the Anaheim area that rival the famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and Fashion Island in Newport Beach are two high-end shopping centers about 30 minutes from Anaheim that have many designer shops and world-class restaurants. For a closer shopping experience, EscapeWizard.com recommends visiting the Anaheim GardenWalk. Located near the Disneyland Resort complex, this outdoor center offers shops, restaurants, bars, a movie theater, and even a bowling alley.

While Anaheim is perhaps best known for being the home of Disneyland, there is plenty to do in the city that doesn’t involve Mickey Mouse or theme park rides. Visitors can watch champion sports teams, go to some of the country’s most famous beaches, and shop till they drop--all in the same day! Visit EscapeWizard.com today to start planning your vacation to sunny Anaheim, California today!
Hotels in Anaheim
By Annabeth Simon
Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
1855 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA
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The Sheraton Park Hotel at Anaheim is the perfect location for families headed to Disneyland or individuals looking to explore Southern California. Winner of the Best in Class award from Starwood Hotels, this amazing hotel is home to eleven acres of tropical beauty.

 The Sheraton offers 490 rooms to fit all of your vacation needs. All accommodations include a private balcony with stunning views, are non-smoking and include a variety of amenities. VIP and connecting rooms are available upon request, as are cribs and dog beds. Each standard suite includes a Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed: either one king or queen bed or two twin beds. Club Level guest rooms are available on the top two floors of the hotel. The Club Lounge rooms feature additional amenities as well as the option of turndown service. For business travelers in Club Lounge rooms, access to office necessities is available upon request. Club Lounge amenities offers a complimentary breakfast, complimentary hors d’ouevres and evening beverages from 5 to 7 pm, and Internet access. 

The Sheraton is within walking distance of the Disneyland resort and the Anaheim Garden Walk as well as other locations. For those travelers wishing to explore more of Southern California, many more sites are within ten to forty miles of the hotel. Whether you want to explore the city or have specific activities in mind, Southern California offers a variety of choices.

In order to make your stay as pleasant as possible, the Sheraton includes a Disney desk, guest Laundromat, concierge, express check in, luggage storage, childcare services, bellmen, safe deposit boxes, and multilingual staff, as well as offering many other services. A fitness center and an outdoor whirlpool and heated pool are a part of the beautiful grounds that is the Sheraton Hotel.

When planning your vacation to Southern California, choose the Sheraton Park Hotel to make your stay as pleasant as possible. For help in booking your site, click this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Anaheim
By Sarah Hay
DoubleTree by Hilton Anaheim
2085 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA
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A perfectly located hotel greets visitors to the Anaheim area, just one mile from Disneyland® Park and Disney’s California Adventure® Park: the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Anaheim Resort-Convention Center. Just 12 miles from Orange County Airport, the hotel is near so many attractions, including the Orange County Beaches, Angel Stadium and South Coast Plaza. Knott’s Berry Farm, Crystal Cathedral, dining and shopping options are all around as well. With so many activities in the area, why stay anywhere else?

The 251 rooms and suites at the hotel are designed to help you relax, and include 37 flat screen televisions, complimentary high speed Internet access, mini refrigerators, microwaves, irons and ironing boards, coffeemakers, MP3 radios, and ergonomic desk chairs. Self-parking is available, for a fee, and check-in time is 3 p.m.; check-out is 12 p.m.

There is a rooftop heated pool for your enjoyment, along with a fitness room and video arcade at the hotel. There is also a convenience store, gift shop, news stand, laundry/valet service, and concierge desk, to help make your stay enjoyable. There are cribs and a children’s menu available as well. There is a lounge, cafe and restaurant on site to keep you well-fed: the Cafe Biscotti offering Starbucks coffee; the Grappa Lounge featuring fine wines and cocktails, and the Agio Restaurant serves Italian/California cuisine with seasonal dishes.

Guests can use the 24-hour business center, complete with printers, modems, videoconferencing and audio/visual equipment rentals. For your next event, the hotel’s proximity to the Anaheim Convention Center is ideal, and the hotel offers 7,500 square feet of meeting space, including a 6,600 square foot ballroom. When your next business or personal trip brings yourself to Anaheim, stay at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Anaheim Resort-Convention Center. The folks at EscapeWizard.com can secure the best rates for you, when you follow this link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).