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The Inland Empire Travel Guide

Plan Your Inland Empire Vacation

The Inland Empire, an area often overlooked by visitors because of its tangled freeways and suburban sprawl, has more than its share of charms. Just a couple of hours' drive from metropolitan Los Angeles or San Diego, you can ski a 7,000-foot mountain overlooking a crystal blue lake, savor SoCal’s excellent wines in a vineyard cooled by ocean breezes, or hide out in a cozy cottage deep in

the forest. As well as the rolling wine country of the Temecula Valley, you’ll find apple country in Oak Glen, and orange country—and the tree that started California’s multimillion-dollar 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 romantic cottages, impressive art galleries, and cozy restaurants.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Wine Country The Temecula Valley is a mélange of rolling hills, faint ocean breezes, beautiful and funky wineries, lovely lodging options, and gourmet restaurants.
  2. The Mission Inn One of the most unique hotels in America, Riverside's rambling, eclectic Mission Inn feels like an urban Hearst Castle.
  3. Apple country Oak Glen is one of Southern California's largest apple-growing regions. Attend an old-fashioned hoedown, take a wagon ride, and sample Mile High 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, while 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 rustic cabin 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, 20 mi...

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