Lower-level gallery near the back staircase, Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org
Of course, there’s Disneyland. But there’s a little bit of Walt’s California beginnings up the road in Garden Grove. That’s where you’ll find the modest garage he used as his first workspace when he and brother Roy moved from Kansas City in 1923.
By: Artist unknown, late-19th to mid-20th century
Ann Ciulla is a licensed investigator and modern-day Nancy Drew
This 1995 Frank Gehry-designed, Anaheim hockey arena is the Ducks’ practice facility and is used for public skating. The ceiling’s curving woodwork is emblematic of Gehry.

We dare you to not fall in love with the succulent starfish wall sculpture on the pocket patio recently fashioned from fallow space behind the Captain’s Cabin. Other living art includes vibrant flowerbeds and hanging herb gardens by Kathryn Agresto, designer of gardens at Park Ave and Montage Resort. Strings of tiny lanterns add twinkle to the 30-seat alfresco refuge.
630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach, 949-675-3474, bluewatergrill.com

This tongue-in-cheek 1970 marker honors a never-built, Frank Lloyd Wright Jr.-designed tower. Wright Jr., award-winning architect of the Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes and son of the more legendary architect, proposed a stylized 94-foot oil derrick tower at the shopping center and gas station he designed. Locals didn’t like it, however, and developer Stanley Fann put a tombstone on the site proclaiming “its defeat is symbolic of the democratic process.” In the bushes behind the Arco station at Springdale Street and Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach
The Cypress Branch Library is home to Orange County Public Libraries’ music collection, and it’s the largest public repository of historical sheet music in the county. It features more than 5,000 books and 4,000 individual scores, encompassing more than 50,000 song titles.
Chances are, you’ve passed over this hidden tunnel many times without realizing it was below.
Black Star Canyon has a reputation as a haunted spot, but it really should be known for its spectacular seasonal waterfall. The 6½-mile hike is glorious, but strenuous. It entails following the creek bed, wading through water, dodging poison oak, and climbing a couple of boulders. From the parking area, follow the paved road for half a mile, then turn right onto the dirt road.