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Orange, Calif. was named for the beautiful, sweet scented orange groves that filled the landscape into the mid-20th century. Those orchards and fruit trees are gone but an historic Sunkist building near the Orange Circle shown in the photo provides a reminder of the city's earlier roots.

This city of contrasts is absolutely charming to visit and explore. If you like old-fashioned ice cream sodas, Watson Drug Store and Soda Fountain on the circle features red vinyl booths and hand made sodas beyond compare to slurp and sip with a hamburger & fries.

Take a drive around the Circle where you'll see an amazing selection of antique stores, then park your car and shop a little. You can actually take a train from the Inland Empire and get off at the Orange Station, just a few blocks from the Circle where many of the buildings date to the early 1900s.

The old part of Orange is scattered beyond the Circle and includes historic home restorations. Also just outside the drive-about you'll find Chapman University which has grown and expanded, acquiring many stately old buildings for campus holdings.

The new part of Orange is The Outlets at Orange, a shopping mall with trendy colors, billboards, outdoor speakers with contemporary music, a Van's Skate Park, and many youthful shops. Tourists love to go to The Block to purchase clothing and gifts just a few miles away from Disneyland in Anaheim.

Orange features several hotels, much charm, and the largest hospital of its kind in Southern California -- CHOC (Children's Hospital of Orange). This facility is a leader in providing care for kids needing special attention.

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