If you believe the websites of Southern California hotels, then Disneyland, Universal Studios, Santa Monica and the San Diego Zoo are all in close proximity. This is true, compared to the distance each of them is from San Francisco, New York or Tokyo. But really, it's not exactly convenient to get to Disneyland from a Santa Monica hotel during rush hour or from a Disneyland hotel to Hollywood. In Los Angeles, if the distance between two attractions is over 30 minutes in non-rush hour driving, I recommend switching hotels to wake up close to what you want to do in the morning, because really, wasting 2 to 4 hours a day in traffic on your vacation sucks. Whichever area you visit, there are multiple attractions to see without traveling too far.
This week, for visitors to Disneyland, I've assembled a list of 21 Things to Do Within 30 Minutes of Anaheim, CA. Even if you skip the freeways and take surface streets, you should be able to reach any of them in half an hour from a Disneyland area hotel.
- Things to Do in Hollywood
- Things to Do in Downtown Los Angeles
- Things to Do in Santa Monica
- Things to Do in Venice Beach
- Things to Do in Long Beach
- Things to Do in San Pedro
- Things to Do in Pasadena
Photo courtesy of the Anaheim/OC VCB