The Inland Empire: Places to Explore


  • Big Bear Lake

    When Angelenos say they're going to the mountains, they usually mean Big Bear, where a collection of Alpine-style villages surrounds a 7-mile-long lake. The south shore of the lake is busy with ski slopes... Read more

  • Claremont

    The seven Claremont colleges are among the most prestigious in the nation. The campuses are all laid out cheek-by-jowl; as you wander from one leafy street to the next, you won't be able to tell where... Read more

  • Corona

    Corona's Temescal Canyon is named for the dome-shaped mud saunas that the Luiseño Indians built around the artesian hot springs in the early 19th century. Starting in 1860, weary Overland Stage Company... Read more

  • Idyllwild

    Set in a valley halfway up Mt. San Jacinto, Idyllwild has been a serene forested getaway for San Diegans and Angelenos for nearly a century. The town's simple, quiet lifestyle attracts artists and performers... Read more

  • Lake Arrowhead

    Lake Arrowhead Village is an alpine community with lodgings, shops, outlet stores, and eateries that descend the hill to the lake. Outside the village, access to the lake and its beaches is limited to... Read more

  • Oak Glen

    More than 60 varieties of apples are grown in Oak Glen. This rustic village, tucked in the foothills above Yucaipa, is home to acres of farms, produce stands, country shops, and homey cafés. The town really... Read more

  • Ontario

    Ontario has a rich agricultural and industrial heritage. The valley's warm climate once supported vineyards that produced grape varietals such as Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Zinfandel. Today, housing tracts... Read more

  • Pomona

    The green hills of Pomona, dotted with horses and houses, are perhaps best known as the site of the Los Angeles County Fair and of California State Polytechnic University-Pomona. Named for the Roman goddess... Read more

  • Rancho Cucamonga

    Once a thriving wine-making area with more than 50,000 acres of wine grapes, Rancho Cucamonga—the oldest wine district in California—lost most of its pastoral charm after real-estate developers bought... Read more

  • Redlands

    Redlands lies at the center of what once was the largest navel-orange-producing region in the world. Orange groves are still plentiful throughout the area. Populated in the late 1800s by wealthy citrus... Read more

  • Riverside

    By 1882 Riverside was home to more than half of California's citrus groves, making it the state's wealthiest city per capita in 1895. The prosperity produced a downtown area of opulent architecture, which... Read more

  • Temecula

    Temecula, with its rolling green vineyards, comfy country inns, and first-rate restaurants, bills itself as the "Southern California Wine Country." The region is home to more than three dozen wineries... Read more