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Best Things To Do in Inland Empire

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Just East of Los Angeles is a stretch of California heartland – Inland Empire. It is the place where mountains and deserts are in unison with Old West history and Hollywood hideaways. Riverside County and neighboring San Bernardino Country are the gateways to Southern California deserts and mountains. Ontario, Riverside and San Bernardino are thriving urban centers in one of the fastest-growing areas of California.

To the North are the alpine communities of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake where you can ski and snowboard in winter and fish and boat in summer. Located nearby the pristine lake, first-class golf resorts and charming mountain village, Big Bear Resort is the perfect choice for those who are eager to experience the abundant adventure of this singular destination. This place offers numerous opportunities for a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking and biking over splendid mountainside trails, horseback riding, parasailing, four-wheeling, boating and fishing on Big Bear Lake, seasonal skiing and snowboarding at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, boutique shopping and dining in Big Bear Village.

You will also find thrilling winter sports activities in the San Jacinto Mountains and a lot of both summer fun and winter pleasure in the San Bernardino National Forest. The San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains as well as the lakes located in between are the most popular places with lots of recreation opportunities year-round. In the summer, you can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing and bird watching, as well as ATV and motorcycle riding. Angelinos would leave the city to get a taste of winter at ski resorts on Big Bear Mountain and Mt. Baldy.

The tallest year round water fall in Southern California is situated at the base of San Gorgonio Peak. With trail leading to the San Gorgonio Wilderness, it is less than an hour away from Big Bear. If you are looking for a secluded getaway from the fast paced noise of the urban city, this is the place to be.

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To the South is the art community of Idyllwild. Just 5,000 feet up the slopes of Mt. San Jacinto, the pine-cool town of Idyllwild provides an ideal runaway for semi-roughing it. Fringed by the San Bernardino National Forest, Idyllwild has fistfuls of outdoor options to offer to the guests: trails for hikes and mountain bike rides, lakes for fishing, and gorgeously beautiful places for simply sitting and gazing serene landscapes. In addition, Idyllwild is home to a thriving arts community. It is no secret that savvy Angelinos prefer to flock this quiet town on weekends. And that is precisely why you should spend a few days here in the middle of the week.

There are many quiet little foothill communities where you can pick raspberries in late summer and apples in autumn. In fact, fruit has long played a significant role in here. You can learn about the impact of citrus on the development of the state at California Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside. However, the area’s agricultural roots are still thriving in the surrounding small communities where you can find many farms, and the underrated Temecula wine region.

Father South the agrarian traditions are still alive. Here you will find farmers markets, local olive oil company and the award-winning wineries and wine tasting.

Start your trip via Inland Empire with visiting San Bernardino. Here you are a short drive from a hot air balloon ride, Vegas like casinos and mountain resorts where there are lots of opportunities for skiing, hiking and biking alpine terrain. Have a walk through Riverside historic downtown and visit the Mission Inn, a National Historic Landmark Hotel and Spa. Victoria Gardens at Rancho Cucamonga are renowned for chic shops and outstanding live theatre and play golf at the Arnold Palmer-designed Empire Lakes Golf Course.

Riverside and San Bernardino are the major cities of the Inland Empire, and it is where you will find the area’s orchestras, dance and theater companies, museums and galleries. San Bernardino is home to an annual festival of classic cars on historic Route 66. When visiting the area, nearby Green Valley Lake is a little-known gem of a community that should not be missed when local artists open their studios on Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.