Irvine has some of the best schools and is one of the safest cities in the United States. I like Irvine because of the diversity and the many different restaurants and activities catered to the diverse population. The streets of Irvine are smooth, and the landscape is meticulously manicured. There are dozens of parks and East Irvine has access to wildlife chaparral and rolling hills similar to Mission Viejo communities like Rancho Santa Margarita, and Coto de Caza.
John Wayne Airport is close to Irvine, and a lot of people fly into John Wayne on business travel. For this reason, there are a lot of elegant offices and hotels in the city. The tech industry is starting to make more of a presence in Irvine with new shiny sky-risers appearing every year. One of the most popular places to go and enjoy yourself in Irvine is the Irvine Spectrum. It’s a mall, so if you like to shop, it’s a good place to go. There is a Ferris Wheel and Merry-go-round in the Spectrum along with many restaurants. During the winter the spectrum hosts an ice skating rink.
Since Irvine is a kid-friendly city, there are many places for children to go and enjoy themselves. One of the most popular places is Boomers. At Boomers, children and teenagers have a lot of fun options like batting cages, miniature golf, go-cart, and a video arcade. There are also a lot of children’s museums and places to explore like the Irvine Museum, the Pretend City Children’s museum and the adventure playground.
If you want to have a food adventure, you can try many of the different dishes and restaurant flavors at the Diamond Plaza off of Jamboree and Barranca. Many of the restaurants here are hip, and geared towards the younger generation of Asian Americans, but are nice flavors for Americans as well. Food here is from all parts of Asia which meets Western Fusion. For more traditional flavors and restaurants, I recommend the Jeffrey Walnut Plazas, which holds a similar variety of restaurants and markets.