Come February 22, 2019, it'll officially be 12 years since The O.C. ended its four-year run on TV. If you're as surprised as I am that we've managed to go on without the show that gave so many of us something so seemingly substantially relevant to live for, you're going to want to check out this list of The O.C. filming locations in California that you can actually visit in real life — yes, including Newport Beach. In other words, if you can't hear "Newport Beach" without imagining Alan Dale's character Caleb saying it like it's the name of an evil secret club for villains, and not the idyllic public neighborhood it actually is, this list is for you.
Independent of the hit TV show, Newport Beach, California is a beautiful place to visit, worthy of tourism thanks to its immaculate beaches, dramatic cliffs, freakishly perfect weather and all-around healthy, clean and charming community. But if you want to head to Newport Beach in search of the thrills that The Harbor School kids experienced in hopes to achieve oneness with the likes to Marissa, Summer, Seth and Ryan, you're going to want a The O.C.-inspired tour. This tour comes with all the angsty and cinematic outposts your heart can handle. Though many of the places featured on the show did not actually exist — and though much of the show was filmed in Redondo Beach, which is part of Los Angeles County and not Orange County — many did, and many of the most iconic backdrops are totally accesses so get ready to relive the glory days you only watched on TV.