Make the pilgrimage to Anaheim, California.

By Travel + Leisure
August 31, 2012
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America’s theme park in Anaheim is closer to Las Vegas than you’d think. The original park has old favorites like Tomorrowland (with Space Mountain and Star Tours) and the Mark Twain riverboat. California Adventure, meanwhile, is divided into areas celebrating California’s history and the Hollywood Pictures Backlot.

Blue Bayou

Set within Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, this “outdoor” restaurant is a hit with fans of Creole dishes like jambalaya and Tesorla Island chicken. Don’t leave without a slice of pecan pie.


This is Walt Disney's original California dream—charmingly retro and much more manageable than its Orlando descendant. Though Tomorrowland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Main Street were all on the very first Disneyland maps, the park has expanded enormously since its opening in 1955. Nowadays crowd favorites include the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, the Indiana Jones Adventure, Space Mountain, and the balloon-y, colorful world of Toontown.

And, of course, the footprint in Anaheim, California now includes Downtown Disney and California Adventure. Elsewhere on the  planet sits Walt Disney World's four theme parks, and Disney outfits in Paris, Tokyo, and Shanghai

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel

Disneyland's choicest digs, done in traditional Craftsman style. In addition to kid- and adult-friendly fare, California Adventure Park is just a turnstile away. Everybody wins.

Alcatraz Brewing Company

The themey microbrewery serves huge portions of great pub food. Try the grilled sliders or the giant nachos, and split The Rock: an Oreo crust filled with mocha ice cream, whipped cream, almonds, and powdered sugar.