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Lake-Forest is a relatively new city located in the heart of Orange County with easy access to both Los Angeles and San Diego. It was incorporated in 1991, and makes a perfect base town from which to visit the Pacific Coast beaches, Hollywood, Disneyland, the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld and many other southern California attractions. The city of Lake Forest is situated in the Saddleback Valley region of Orange County adjacent to the 1,500 acre Whiting Ranch Wilderness and the Saddleback Mountains. It also serves as the gateway to the Cleveland National Forest, making it an ideal recreational playground. In the city of Lake Forest alone there are twenty parks which offer everything from golf, tennis courts, walking, biking and equestrian trails, volleyball, picnic areas, boating and swimming. Beautiful year-round weather and an abundance of good restaurants, lots of shopping, theaters, and free summer concerts in the park add to Lake Forest's appeal. Although a young city, Lake Forest is steeped in history, having begun as an agricultural community like most of Orange County. Nestled in rolling hills and stands of eucalyptus, it is an attractive, safe, thriving community with much to offer visitors coming to southern California.

Surrounding areas: Laguna Hills, California (3.0 mi), Mission Viejo, California (3.1 mi), Irvine, California (7.8 mi), Laguna Niguel, California (8.3 mi), Laguna Beach, California (8.8 mi), San Juan Capistrano, California (9.8 mi), Aliso, California (10.1 mi)

Lake Forest Vacation Rentals

Lake Forest Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Irvine Suites23192 LK CTR DrEl Toro, CA (949) 380-9888
Americas Best Value Inn - Irvine23150 Lk Center DrLake Forest, CA (949) 855-1000
Candlewood Suites Irvine East3 S Pointe DrLake Forest, CA (949) 598-9105
Comfort Suites20768 Lk Forest DrLake Forest, CA (949) 900-1288
Extended Stay America20251 Lk Forest DrLake Forest, CA (949) 598-1898
Staybridge Suites Lake Forest2 OrchLake Forest, CA (949) 462-9500
Ayres Suites Mission Viejo28941 Los Alisos BlvdMission Viejo, CA1.1 mi.(949) 455-2545
Residence Inn By Marriott10 MorganIrvine, CA1.5 mi.(949) 380-3000
Courtyard By Marriott Laguna Hills23175 Avenida De Ln CarlotaLaguna Hills, CA2.4 mi.(949) 859-5500
The Comfort Inn Laguna Hills23061 Avenida De Ln CarlotaLaguna Hills, CA2.4 mi.(949) 859-0166
Homestead Studio Suites Hotels30 Technology DrIrvine, CA3.0 mi.(949) 727-4228
Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods24341 El Toro RdLaguna Woods, CA3.0 mi.(949) 588-0131
Courtyard By Marriott27492 Portola PkwyFoothill Ranch, CA3.2 mi.(949) 951-5700
Hampton Inn South Orange County27102 Towne Ctr DrFoothill Ranch, CA3.6 mi.(949) 597-8700
Hilton Garden Inn Irvine East/Lake Forest27082 Towne Ctr DrFoothill Ranch, CA3.6 mi.(949) 859-4000
Fairfield Inn26328 Oso PkwyMission Viejo, CA4.3 mi.(949) 582-7100
Alize2 EnterpriseAliso Viejo, CA4.5 mi.(949) 176-5600
Candlewood Suites16150 Sand Canyon AveIrvine, CA4.9 mi.(949) 788-0500
Canyon Point22681 Oakgrove AveAliso Viejo, CA5.8 mi.(949) 716-6100
La Quinta Inn #66314972 Sand Cyn AveIrvine, CA7.8 mi.(714) 957-5841
Hyatt Regency Irvine17900 Jamboree BlvdIrvine, CA8.1 mi.(949) 975-1234
Residence Inn By Marriott-Irvine Airport2855 Main StIrvine, CA8.8 mi.(949) 261-2020
Holiday Inn-laguna Beach696 S Coast HwyLaguna Beach, CA8.8 mi.(949) 494-1001
Inn At Laguna Beach211 N Coast HwyLaguna Beach, CA8.8 mi.(949) 497-9722
Best Inn1404 N Coast HwyLaguna Beach, CA9.0 mi.(877) 363-7229
La Casa Del Camino1289 S Coast HwyLaguna Beach, CA9.0 mi.(949) 497-2446
Courtyard By Marriott Irvine Orange County2701 Main StIrvine, CA9.1 mi.(949) 757-1200
Best Western Laguna Brisas1600 S Coast HwyLaguna Beach, CA9.1 mi.(949) 497-7272
Holiday Inn Express Newport Beach2300 W Coast HwyNewport Beach, CA9.2 mi.(949) 722-2999
Toscana Apartments35 Via LuccaIrvine, CA9.3 mi.(949) 757-1111
Crowne Plaza-irvine17941 Von Karman AveIrvine, CA9.6 mi.(949) 863-1999
Holiday Inn Irvine Orange County Airport17941 Von Karman AveIrvine, CA9.6 mi.(949) 863-1999
Irvine Marriott18000 Von Karman AveIrvine, CA9.6 mi.(949) 553-0100
Key Inn1611 El Camino RealTustin, CA9.6 mi.(714) 832-3220
Extended Stay America4881 Birch StNewport Beach, CA9.8 mi.(949) 851-2711
Best Western Capistrano Inn27174 Ortega HwySan Juan Capistrano, CA9.8 mi.(949) 493-5661
Embassy Suites Hotel Irvine/Orange County2120 Main StIrvine, CA9.9 mi.(949) 553-8332
Atrium Hotel @orange Co Airpo18700 Macarthur BlvdIrvine, CA10.1 mi.(949) 833-2770
Hilton Irvine Hotel18800 Macarthur BlvdIrvine, CA10.1 mi.(949) 833-9999
Radisson Newport Beach Hotel4545 Macarthur BlvdNewport Beach, CA10.2 mi.(949) 833-0570

Lake Forest Weather & Climate

The Southern Pacific coastline, between Los Angeles and San Diego, enjoys some of the most beautiful weather in the state year round. This region boasts over 300 days of sunshine per year, balmy days and cool evenings - perfect for beachcombing, tennis, golf and other outdoor activities. The rainy season runs November through early April, with dry conditions and low humidity the rest of the year. It's not unusual to go all summer with no precipitation at all. Low clouds and fog are usually present right along the coastline on warmer summer days, but clears up by early afternoon. The summer heat is moderated by cool ocean breezes, but keep in mind that as you travel inland away from the cooling effect of the ocean, the temperatures rise (although not to uncomfortable levels.) Thunderstorms in this area are infrequent and light.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 66°F 47°F 2.95 in. 57°F
February 67°F 47°F 3.38 in. 57°F
March 67°F 48°F 2.85 in. 59°F
April 71°F 51°F 0.85 in. 62°F
May 73°F 55°F 0.26 in. 62°F
June 77°F 58°F 0.14 in. 66°F
July 82°F 62°F 0.03 in. 67°F
August 83°F 63°F 0.15 in. 68°F
September 82°F 62°F 0.30 in. 66°F
October 77°F 57°F 0.32 in. 64°F
November 71°F 51°F 1.05 in. 61°F
December 66°F 47°F 1.75 in. 58°F

Lake Forest Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the John Wayne Orange County airport (SNA) located about 10 miles west of Lake Forest in Santa Ana, California, the Chino airport (CNO) located approximately 23 miles north of Lake Forest in Chino, California, the Ontario International airport (ONT) located roughly 29 miles north of Lake Forest in Ontario, California, and finally the Long Beach airport (LGB) located around 29 miles northwest of Lake Forest in Long Beach, California.

Lake Forest Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Adventure CityAnaheimCA18.5 mi.
Disney's California AdventureAnaheimCA18.5 mi.
DisneylandAnaheimCA18.5 mi.
Knott's Berry FarmBuena ParkCA23.5 mi.
Castle Amusement ParkRiversideCA27.4 mi.
Scandia Amusement ParkOntarioCA29.2 mi.
Boomers Family Fun CenterUplandCA31.6 mi.
Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbadCA38.8 mi.
Pharaohs Lost KingdomRedlandsCA40.9 mi.
Universal Studios HollywoodUniversal CityCA51.2 mi.
Pacific ParkSanta MonicaCA52.8 mi.
Belmont ParkSan DiegoCA71.1 mi.
SeaWorld San DiegoSan DiegoCA71.1 mi.
Frasier's FrontierEl CajonCA72.1 mi.
Six Flags Magic MountainValenciaCA76.4 mi.
Water Parks
The Haunted Galleon and Volcano IslandLake ElsinoreCA21.0 mi.
Soak City U.S.A.Buena ParkCA23.5 mi.
Raging WatersSan DimasCA32.8 mi.
Pharaoh's WaterparkRedlandsCA40.9 mi.
Oasis WaterparkPalm SpringsCA67.2 mi.
Six Flags Hurricane HarborSanta ClaritaCA71.1 mi.
Six Flags Hurricane HarborValenciaCA76.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Lake Forest Golf & Practice CenterLake ForestCA 
Casta del Sol Golf CourseMission ViejoCA3.0 mi.
Aliso Viejo Golf ClubAliso ViejoCA4.0 mi.
Tijeras Creek Golf ClubRancho Santa MargaritaCA5.2 mi.
Robinson RanchSanta ClaritaCA7.0 mi.
El Toro Golf CourseIrvineCA7.5 mi.
Oak Creek Golf ClubIrvineCA7.5 mi.
Strawberry Farms Golf ClubIrvineCA7.5 mi.
Rancho San Joaquin Golf CourseIrvineCA8.3 mi.
Tustin Ranch Golf ClubTustinCA10.1 mi.
San Juan Hills Country ClubSan Juan CapistranoCA10.3 mi.
Newport Beach Golf CourseNewport BeachCA11.0 mi.
River View Golf CourseSanta AnaCA11.9 mi.
Willowick Golf CourseSanta AnaCA11.9 mi.
Back Bay Golf CourseNewport BeachCA12.0 mi.
Costa Mesa Golf & Country ClubCosta MesaCA13.1 mi.
Ridgeline Executive Golf CourseOrangeCA13.2 mi.
Anaheim Hills Golf CourseAnaheimCA14.5 mi.
San Clemente Municipal Golf CourseSan ClementeCA14.7 mi.
Shorecliffs Golf ClubSan ClementeCA14.7 mi.
Talega Golf ClubSan ClementeCA14.7 mi.
Mile Square Golf CourseFountain ValleyCA15.7 mi.
David L Baker Memorial GolfFountain ValleyCA16.0 mi.
Mountain View Country ClubCoronaCA16.9 mi.
Chino Hills Golf ClubChino HillsCA17.2 mi.
Los Serranos Golf & Country ClubChino HillsCA17.2 mi.
Dad Miller Golf CourseAnaheimCA17.6 mi.
Eagle Glen Golf ClubCoronaCA17.7 mi.
Green River Golf ClubCoronaCA17.7 mi.
Mountain SpringsCoronaCA17.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski SunriseWrightwoodCA49.8 mi.
Snow ValleyRunning SpringsCA51.4 mi.
State Parks
Crystal Cove State ParkCA8.5 mi. 
Huntington Beach State ParkCA16.1 mi. 
Chino Hills State ParkCA20.0 mi. 
Bolsa Chica Beach State ParkCA20.4 mi. 
Alamitos Bay State ParkCA25.1 mi. 
Don Tiburcio Tapia State ParkCA32.7 mi. 
White Point State ParkCA35.9 mi. 
Beall Center for Art and TechnologyIrvineCA7.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Irvine MuseumIrvineCA7.8 mi.(Art)
National Bicycle History Archive of AmericaSanta AnaCA12.4 mi.(Technology)
Bowers Museum of Cultural ArtSanta AnaCA12.4 mi.(History)
Heritage of San Clemente & Visitor CenterSan ClementeCA15.5 mi.(History)
Museum of Contemporary Art San DiegoLa JollaCA18.3 mi.(Art)
Fullerton Railway Plaza AssociationFullertonCA20.7 mi.(Technology)
Motts Miniatures MuseumBuena ParkCA23.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Riverside Municipal MuseumRiversideCA27.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Long Beach Museum of ArtLong BeachCA29.9 mi.(Art)
Museum of Latin American ArtLong BeachCA29.9 mi.(Art)
Cooper Regional History MuseumUplandCA31.6 mi.(History)
American military museumEl MonteCA35.2 mi.(Technology)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA35.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA35.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Making MusicCarlsbadCA38.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Antique Gas & Steam Engine MuseumVistaCA40.0 mi.(Technology)
San Bernardino County MuseumRedlandsCA40.9 mi.(History)
Museum of ToleranceLos AngelesCA42.5 mi.(History)
Carole and Barry Kaye Museum of MiniaturesLos AngelesCA42.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
Santa Ana ZooSanta AnaCA12.4 mi.
Birch AquariumLa JollaCA18.3 mi.
Los Angeles ZooLos AngelesCA42.5 mi.
San Diego Wild Animal ParkSan DiegoCA71.1 mi.
San Diego ZooSan DiegoCA71.1 mi.
Sea World of San DiegoSan DiegoCA71.1 mi.
The Living DesertPalm DesertCA75.9 mi.

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