“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
This upscale South Orange County city sits just one mile from the Pacific Ocean, and is home to the Orange County Fair. This event brings in tens of thousands of visitors each July and August to enjoy live music, food vendors, and arts and crafts booths. One of the most opulent malls in the country is The Shops at South Coast Plaza, featuring designer boutiques, full-service restaurants, and specialty stores. The Lab is an anti-mall of sorts, featuring independent retailers and art galleries. Costa Mesa is often called the City of the Arts, with first-run plays at the South Coast Repertory and award-winning Broadway productions at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.