Destination guide

Enjoying the city from your Anaheim vacation rental

Anaheim and Disneyland – the words go together like peanut butter and jelly. The world-famous theme park not only set the gold standard when it opened in Anaheim in 1955, but it put modest Anaheim on the map for good. Today, millions of visitors from around the globe descend upon this bustling Orange County city to ride coasters and rub elbows with Mickey Mouse. If theme parks aren't your thing, Anaheim has plenty of other major attractions, as the city is home to 2 professional sports teams and massive shopping, dining, and entertainment complexes. Hotels and vacation rentals dot the landscape, many of which cater to vacationing families, groups, couples, and solo travellers.


At the start of the 20th century, Anaheim's landscape comsisted of endless rows of orchards. While most of the farms are gone, you can still glimpse the past at the Packing House, a former 1919 citrus packing house that's now home to a trendy food hall. Housed inside the historic 1908 Carnegie Library, the nearby Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center highlights exhibits on the history of Anaheim. California's rich pioneering past is on display at the Ramon Peralta Adobe, one of the last remaining structures from the mid-1800s Peralta settlement. You can also enjoy weekly services at Saint Michael's Episcopal Church, a charming church built in 1876.


Activities and attractions in and around Anaheim

Are you searching for attractions to see while you're in town? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Anaheim a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Disneyland® (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Disney California Adventure® Park (1.7 mi / 2.8 km)
  • Knott's Berry Farm (4.9 mi / 8 km)
  • Medieval Times (5 mi / 8.1 km)
  • Discovery Science Center (5.1 mi / 8.1 km)
  • Santa Ana Zoo (7.5 mi / 12.1 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Anaheim

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Anaheim. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Huntington State Beach (14 mi / 22.5 km)
  • Twin Lakes Recreation Park (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Hiltscher Park Trail (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Fullerton Arboretum (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Santiago Park (5 mi / 8.1 km)
  • Laguna Lake Park (5.2 mi / 8.4 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Anaheim

Fly into Fullerton, CA (FUL-Fullerton Municipal), the closest airport, located 4.6 mi (7.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Orange County, CA (SNA-John Wayne), which is 11.1 mi (17.8 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, make your way to Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center or Anaheim Canyon Station and explore the city from there.

How to get around

How to navigate from your Anaheim vacation rental

It's no secret Southern Californians love their cars, but you won't necessarily need one while visiting Anaheim. Many hotels in the area provide shuttle service to Disneyland and other major attractions, and ride-sharing services are popular throughout Orange County as well. If you prefer public transportation, the region also features an efficient bus system with routes across the city. For those looking to avoid notorious Southern California traffic jams, Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner offers train service between San Luis Obispo and San Diego multiple times daily, with stops in Downtown Los Angeles and Anaheim.

Food & drink 

Avocado and acai – eating right in Anaheim

If you're in the mood for authentic Mexican food, Southern California has your back. Whether it's a sit-down meal or food truck cuisine, Anaheim boasts more burritos, tacos, and enchiladas than you can shake a taquito at. Eat like a true Californian and add a healthy dose of avocado to any dish. The Golden State is also known for its health-conscious dining habits and Orange County is no exception. You'll find plenty of kale salads, pressed juices, and acai bowls across the city. If you want to treat yourself to some sweet concoctions, Disneyland is known for its sugary churros and pineapple soft serve.

Essential info

Essential information for your Anaheim vacation rental

As Orange County's largest city, Anaheim features a population of more than 352,000 residents. English is the official language, although due to a prominent Latino community, many residents also speak Spanish. The currency is the US dollar. Tipping at restaurants is customary, and the range falls between 15-20%. The legal drinking age is 21. Crime rates are low in Anaheim when compared to the national average, but you can always dial 911 for emergency services like police, firefighters, and paramedics. Summers in Anaheim can be hot, with daytime highs often climbing into the 90s and beyond, so make sure you pack a hat and plenty of sunscreen, particularly if you're visiting Disneyland.

How many vacation rentals are available around Anaheim?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,482 house rentals around Anaheim. From 814 Houses to 410 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Anaheim is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Anaheim?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Anaheim:

  • Hermosa Village: 175 vacation rentals
  • Anaheim Resort: 419 vacation rentals
  • Southwest Anaheim: 450 vacation rentals
  • Southeast Anaheim: 197 vacation rentals
  • Anaheim Hills: 518 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Anaheim?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Anaheim. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Disneyland: 3,146 home rentals
  • Anaheim Convention Center: 517 home rentals
  • Disney California Adventure® Park: 628 home rentals
  • Honda Center: 3,278 home rentals
  • Angel Stadium: 3,351 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Anaheim listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Anaheim?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 814 Houses in Anaheim. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Anaheim include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 410 lodging choices
  • Villas: 4 lodging choices
  • Townhouses: 75 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Anaheim?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 661 vacation homes with pool available in Anaheim.

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