The Orange County community of Laguna Hills lies in the southeastern region of California, and is close to Laguna Beach and Laguna Canyon. Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm are a 30-minute drive away. Costeau Park is a popular attraction that explores 50,000 years of history, represented by the many animal exhibits found from the last Ice Age. Similarly, Fossil Reef Park displays prehistoric marine life. The Juan Avila Adobe is the homestead of the man who founded the community. Visitors will find plenty of nighttime hot spots, from wine bars to rooftop lounges.
You can navigate the city by using I-5 or U.S. Routes 241 and 518, which run through the community. The Orange County Transportation Authority operates a transit bus system that provides routes in Laguna Hills and Orange County. John Wayne Airport (SNA) is located nearby for those flying into the area. Several chain hotels can be found along the San Diego Freeway.
Once Mexico freed itself from Spanish rule, government employees and officials received lands for grazing livestock. Don Juan Avila received 13,000 acres that became Rancho Niguel. In 1894, Lewis Moulton bought the ranch and 22,000 more acres. He and his partner initially used the land as a cattle ranch. During the 1960s, the land was divided into lots and became the Laguna Hills community. It was not until 1991 that the town was officially recognized as a city.