The Inland Empire, tucked between Los Angeles to the west and the Deserts to the east, is often referred to as the Riverside-San Bernardino area. The region runs from Victorville in the north to Aguanga in the south and from Big Bear City in the East to Chino Hills in the west. The Inland Empire features soaring mountains, alpine lakes, winter snow sports, and pine-scented air along with urban centers, festivals, Old West towns, Orange groves and wineries.
The natural beauty of the mountain rims on 320 degrees of the horizon is punctuated by a vertical elevation of over 10,000 feet in at least four places. The Inland Empire is perhaps the only place in the United States where you are 45 minutes from ski slopes and 45 minutes from the beach; during some times of the year, the weather allows both skiing and ocean swimming on the same day! Major cities include San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ontario, smaller but substantial cities include Rancho Cucamonga, Montclair, Pomona, Redlands, and Corona.
Home to over 4 million people, the Inland Empire is the 13th most populous metropolitan area in the United States, and the third largest in California. The region is home to several large upscale shopping malls, including California’s largest outlet mall located in Ontario. Various locations in the Inland Empire provide venues for cultural performances, entertainment, art galleries and festivals. Theatrical Arts International, housed at the California Theatre, presents the largest caliber tours available including such blockbusters as Cats, Hairspray, Mamma Mia, and Miss Saigon. The Ramona Pageant in Hemet, with over a cast of over 400, has ran every year since 1923, the longest running outdoor play on the west coast.
Some popular destinations include one of the region’s six major ski resorts operating in the San Bernardino Mountains less than one hour away from the greater metropolitan area. San Bernardino National Forest and Cleveland National Forest offer abundant trail hiking opportunities. The excitement of NASCAR can be experienced at the Auto Club Speedway located in Fontana. The Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain Recreational Area is Southern California’s only authentic bobsled experience.