“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
Irvine is either a suburban dream or nightmare, depending on your view of planned communities. It's home to the University of California, Irvine and hosts dozens of technology, finance, and service companies. Despite its suburban sprawl, the city has managed to keep many green spaces, and there are plenty of trails for running and hiking at locales like Bommer Canyon. View impressionist paintings at the Irvine Museum, or check out contemporary art and photography at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. The Irvine Spectrum Center is a massive shopping and entertainment complex teeming with teenagers and families. For music, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre features major bands throughout the year.