For many of us, Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of summer; however, the official start is June 21…just a couple days away!
On the bright side, things always look sunny on The Toll Roads of Orange County. The 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads make getting around Orange County easy for locals and out-of-town visitors. Here’s a look at four summer destinations easily accessible via The Toll Roads:
Get artsy with Laguna Beach’s arts and culture
The 73 and 133 Toll Roads offer easy access to Laguna Beach, Orange County’s classic beach town. Visitors can enjoy the creativity and artistry of annual art shows such as the upcoming Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair beginning June 29. And, each evening from July 7 – Sept. 1, the Festival of Arts Pageant of the Masters faithfully recreates classic and contemporary works of art into living pictures that feature real people. BONUS: FasTrak® and ExpressAccount® members who are opted in to the Rewards program and who drive at least once in June will be rewarded with 25 percent off Pageant of the Masters tickets and 2-for-1 admission to the Festival of Arts. Click here, to opt-in.
Pack a picnic and head to Irvine Regional Park
Take the 241 or 261 Toll Roads for easy access to the 491-acre Irvine Regional Park, where families have picnicked beneath the groves of oak and sycamore trees for more than 100 years. The OC Zoo is within the park boundaries and there are pony rides and the Irvine Regional Park Railroad, too. For more summer fun, check out the park’s free summer concerts (July 19 and July 26) and outdoor movies (July 27 and Aug. 3).
“Free Your Inner Farmer” at the Orange County Fair
From south Orange County, the 73 Toll Road to the 55 Freeway is the best way to get to the OC Fair. Visit the fairgrounds from July 13 to Aug. 12 for delicious food, carnival rides, concerts, farm animals, arts and crafts, monster trucks and more. BONUS: FasTrak and ExpressAccount members can receive $2 off admission to the OC Fair by opting in to receive promotions from The Toll Roads Rewards program. Click here to learn more.
Rock out at Irvine concerts
Take the 241 and/or 133 Toll Roads to the Orange County Great Park for a concert at the new Five Point Amphitheatre. More than just home to the Big Orange Balloon, the outdoor venue debuts with its first full season of summer shows under the stars, featuring top bands and artists from a variety of genres; plus food and drink options.
If your summer plans take you further north, be sure to pack your FasTrak transponder. FasTrak is used to pay tolls on all of California’s tolled roads, lanes and bridges. You can use it on the 10 and 110 Express Lanes to access L.A. Live, California Science Center or Dodger Stadium.
And be sure to never miss one of Shohei Ohtani’s pitches. Drive the 241 Toll Road to bypass traffic on the 5 and 55 Freeways to catch a game at Angel Stadium. Go Halos!
This weekend and next, take The Toll Roads to visit the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO at the Orange County Great Park.
This is the first time in its 11-year history that the competition is being held outside of Washington, D.C.
The event is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily:
- Oct. 3 – Oct. 6 (Thursday – Sunday)
- Oct. 10 – Oct. 13 (Thursday – Sunday)
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams from across the nation and around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
The XPO is a clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition featuring visionary and innovative companies, products and educational opportunities. Through fun, interactive exhibits and activities, the XPO will provide visitors with information about the broad spectrum of energy efficiency in home design, transportation, consumer products, food production and education.
During the two weekends, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes and learn how energy-saving features can help save money.
For more information about the Solar Decathlon 2013, visit solardecathlon.gov.
To get to the Solar Decathlon 2013 using The Toll Roads:
- Take the 133 Toll Road
- Exit at Irvine Boulevard
- Travel west on Irvine Boulevard
- Turn south (left) onto Sand Canyon
- Turn east (left) onto Trabuco Road and follow to event parking