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The Inland Empire Travel Guide

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Plan Your Inland Empire Vacation

Threaded with rolling vineyards, homey agricultural towns, and mountain retreats, the Inland Empire has a humble allure. Often bypassed because of its freeway maze and suburban sprawl, this historically rich region offers visitors a quiet and quirky alternative to metropolitan Los Angeles and San Diego. You can hurtle down a 7,000-foot ski slope perched above a clear blue lake, hike or snowshoe

in serene forests, and taste wines wrought by Temecula's misty mornings and subtle ocean breezes. For fresh California flavors, explore apple country in Oak Glen, and trace the roots of the state's navel orange industry in Riverside.

The San Bernardino Mountains offer Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, and plentiful recreational opportunities, while Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains is a year-round getaway with log cabins galore, an impressive arts scene, and cozy restaurants.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Wine Country The idyllic, ever-expanding Temecula Valley is home to family-owned and resort-style wineries cooled by faint ocean breezes.
  2. The Mission Inn One of the most unusual hotels in America, Riverside's rambling, eclectic Mission Inn feels like an urban Hearst Castle.
  3. Apple country In the Oak Glen apple-growing region, you can attend an old-fashioned hoedown, take a wagon ride, and sample apple pies and homemade ciders.
  4. Soothing spas The lushly landscaped grounds, bubbling hot springs, and playful mud baths of Glen Ivy are ideal spots to unwind; Kelly's Spa at the historic Mission Inn provides a cozy Tuscan-style retreat.
  5. Alpine escapes Breathe in the clean mountain air or cozy up in a bed-and-breakfast at one of the Inland Empire's great mountain hideaways Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear, and Idyllwild.

When To Go

When to Go

The climate varies greatly, depending on what part of the Inland Empire you're visiting. Summer temperatures in the mountains and in Temecula...

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