When you have heard the name "Orange County" for the first time you may be get lost. The thing is that Orange County is an ambiguous name given not to one place - there is Orange County of Florida, Orange County of Orlando, Orange County of Indiana, Orange County of New York, Orange County of North Caroline, Orange County of Texas, Orange County of Vermont, Orange County of Virginia, and Orange County California. I am going to talk about the last one, namely Orange County California.
It is probably named after the orange groves that once existed there. This is the most populous and best known "Orange County" in the United States and setting of the television series The O.C. and the film Orange County.
This is a county in South California. Its county seat is Santa Ana. The county is known for its wealth and political conservatism, although it is in reality neither as uniformly wealthy nor as politically conservative as its stereotypical image suggests. It is also famous as a tourist destination, as the county is home to Disneyland and oceanside California. It is at the center of Southern California's Tech Coast.
What attracts tourist to this county? The name of the county has a connotation with something sunny, warm, pleasant, and entertaining. And it is really so. The area's warm Mediterranean climate and miles of year-round California beach attract millions of tourists annually. For example, Huntington beach located in Oceanside California is a hot spot for sunbathing and surfing, nicknamed "Surf City, U.S.A.", it is home to many surfing competitions.
For those who have decided to spend their vacations at California beach the weather is a point of interest. The climate in southern California consists of seemingly endless days of sunshine and warm dry nights, with occasional bouts of torrential flooding in the winter. LA's notorious smog is at its worst when the temperatures are highest, from July through September. All along the coast mornings can be hazily overcast, especially in May and June; in exposed San Francisco it can be chilly all year, and fog rolls in to ruin many a sunny day. Much more so than in the south, winter in northern California can bring rain for weeks on end, causing massive mudslides that wipe out roads and hillside homes.
California beach attracts not only tourists but also people from TV and movie worlds. They find beautiful and colorful views of California beach great for shooting movies and use them as a background for TV programs. For example, MTV's Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County was filmed in the Orange County coastal town. Not only California beach is used as a shooting location for films and television programs, cities of Orange County of California as well. Examples of films as least partially shot in Orange Country are Tom Hanks's "That Thing You Do" and Coen Brothers's "The man Who Wasn't There". The film "Better Luck Tomorrow" was shot and set in the northern Orange County cities of Cypress and Anaheim. A plot line in the television drama "The West Wing" involved a dead liberal democrat unexpectedly winning a Congressional seat from an Orange County district.
Besides, California beach tourists are drawn to California by the theme parks, Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim and Knott's berry Farm in Buena Park. Little Saigon is another notable tourist destination, being home to the largest concentration of Vietnamese people outside of Vietnam.
Welcome to Orange County of California! Have fun in one of the most popular entertaining places!