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5 of the Best Places to Show Off Your Car in Orange County

Commonwealth AveThere are more than a few places to show off your ride in Orange County. So if you own an awesome car like an Audi, hop in the driver’s seat and head to these OC hot spots.

Commonwealth Avenue in Fullerton

Head over to Downtown Fullerton, where the pedestrian-friendly streets just mean there are more people around to admire your ride. Cruise down Commonwealth Avenue to the Slidebar Rock-n-Roll Kitchen, where you can enjoy live music with a helping of American soul food. Be warned though — one of the many appealing aspects about this popular eatery is the 1959 Cadillac on display inside. Make sure your car is special enough to compare.

Main Street in Huntington Beach

Join the surf set in this sun-drenched Californian city. Pacific Coast Highway is perfect for letting the top down and feeling the wind blow through your hair, although if it’s admiring glances you’re after, head down to Main Street to show off. When you’ve had your fill of attention, park in one of the beach lots and go and impress a new crowd. Stop for a bite to eat at waterfront restaurants such as Beachfront 301, Spark Woodfire Grill, or Dukes, then finish off the night at watering holes like Hurricanes or Perqs.

South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa

If there’s one thing that California’s largest shopping center has — aside from an impressive number of stores — it’s a massive car park. Take your time looking for a parking space; you’ll be limiting the number of people who can see your car if you take the first one. Better still, take advantage of complimentary valet parking. After all, it’s only fair to share. Afterward, you can pop into the center to splurge at designers such as Christian Dior, Gucci, and Prada.

The Spectrum Center Ferris Wheel in Irvine

Why should passers-by be only the ones to get a good look at your car? Offer a bird’s eye view by heading over to the Spectrum Center Ferris Wheel in Irvine — an equally impressive ride, especially at night when it’s all lit up. Afterward, you can head over to the movie theater or catch a performance at the comedy club before dining at Paul Martin’s American Grill or the Yard House Irvine.

Main Beach at Laguna Beach

Undoubtedly one of Orange County’s most scenic spots, Laguna Beach offers plenty of opportunities to show off your car. Head down Pacific Coast Highway to the parking area that fronts the picturesque Main Beach and park outside the OceanView Bar & Grill. The restaurant’s terrace is the perfect place to sit and enjoy cocktails while watching the sun set over the ocean. You’ll also have a pretty good view of the people checking out your ride.

Wind-swept highways, bustling downtown shopping streets, and sunny board walks; Orange County has it all going on, and there’s no better way to check it out than from behind the wheel of your nearest and dearest ride.