Inland Empire California Visitor Information

Mountain and Valley Marvels

Hike, pedal, splash, and play in a mountain wonderland.
Trip Time: 3 Days

Day 1

San Bernardino. Save gas with a walking tour of historic downtown. Nearby, take a self-guided tour of the eco-built Highland Library and Environmental Learning Center.

Rim of the World Scenic Byway (19.6 mi/31.5 km). Mountain vistas line this picturesque drive along the crest of the San Bernardino Mountains. Take a hike among the giant sandstone Mormon Rocks.

Lake Arrowhead (32 mi/52 km). From spring to autumn, bike the trails surrounding the pine-fringed lake, or hike the North Shore trail alongside Little Bear Creek.
Day 2

Big Bear Lake (22 mi/36 km). In summer, ride the gondola to the top of Snow Summit, mountain bike Skyline Drive or climb to Grandview Point, and play nine holes at Bear Mountain Golf Course.

Cabazon (25 mi/41 km). Take a side trip into the Desert region for one-stop shopping at the expansive Desert Hills Premium Outlets, with 130 luxurious stores, including Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, and Yves Saint Laurent.

Idyllwild (16 mi/26 km). Nestled in the trees, this little village’s downtown brims with art galleries. Top off your browsing with a date shake at Country Farms gourmet food shop.
Day 3

San Bernardino National Forest (18 mi/28 km). Bike the 7-mile Ramona Trail Loop, or hike to the summit of Mt. San Jacinto.

Temecula (36 mi/58 km: 1 hr 9 min). Visit Foot Path Winery’s organic farm. Sample everything olive at the Temecula Olive Oil Company in old town.

Lake Perris State Recreation Area (39 mi/62 km: 55 min). Get wet—swimming, water-skiing, sailing, fishing—then hike to the top of Terri Peak.

Riverside (18 mi/30 km: 24 min). Stroll Main Street’s coffeehouses, eclectic stores, and the UC Riverside/California Museum of Photography, home to world-class exhibits. Finish with European-Japanese fusion cuisine at Restaurant Omakase.

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Top Attractions in the Inland Empire Area

Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain, Big Bear Lake
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana
Big Bear Snow Play, Big Bear Lake
Boomers, Inland Empire
California Dreamin’ Hot Air Balloon Rides, Temecula
Hemet Golf Club, Hemet
Lake Elsinore Outlets
National Children’s Forest
Orange Empire Railway Museum, Perris
Ramona Bowl, Hemet
Skydive Elsinore

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