Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo is a town in Saddleback Valley, a region of Orange County, California.

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Lake Mission Viejo

(man-made), one of the prettiest locations in Mission Viejo and all of Orange County. In order to create waterfront property in Mission Viejo before the housing boom of Southern Orange County, the lake was built and allows swimming, sailing, kayaking, and fishing. These waterfron properties typically sell upward of $2 million dollars in today's economy.

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Florence Joyner Olympic Park

a beautiful park at the corner of Olympiad and Alicia Parkway built in honor of Olympian Florence Joyner who lived in the upscale Canyon Crest Estates above the park. She suddenly died in her home in the 1990's and the park is built in her memory.

SEE   —  22760 Olympiad Rd

In-N-Out Burger

Californian readers will agree that this is an American institution. Fresh, cheap food in a clean restaurant. The menu is limited, but search online for their "secret code" for access to unlisted items and combinations.

Yama Sushi

One of Mission Viejo's best Japanese restaurants with a unique menu. Located in Plaza del Lago with lake views as well.

The Cafe at Nordstroms

excellent pastries, lattes and espressos, far superior to the Starbuck's variety (prices are reasonable).

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Mission Viejo Public Library

is a recent building whose impressive design was inspired by the California Arts & Crafts movement.

SEE   —  100 Civic Center


A family owned Italian restaurant with sweeping view of Lake Mission Viejo in Plaza del Lago.

Shin Sushi

Fresh authentic sushi prepared by a master.

PF Chang's China Bistro

Authentic American style Chinese cuisine

EAT   —  Map

Holy Jim Canyon & Falls

in the Cleveland National Forest

SEE   —  Holy Jim Canyon Rd

The Shops at Mission Viejo

A luxurious shopping mall

BUY   —  Map

Hatam Restaurant

Authentic Persian food.

About Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo is about half way between Los Angeles and San Diego and is the best American embodiment of planned suburbia. Six-lane wide avenues and endless subdivisions of single-family houses surrounding pockets of strip malls are the norm.

The proper name in Spanish should be MisiĆ³n Vieja, as 'mission' is a feminine noun. The masculine gender of "viejo" is a vestige from the original name of the area, "Rancho Mission Viejo"; "viejo" modified "rancho", a masculine noun. In light of the history of the area, the masculine adjective was preserved. The "Mission" of "Mission Viejo" is Mission San Juan Capistrano; Mission Viejo was a community of San Juan Capistrano until it became an independent city in 1988.

Source: wikivoyage