Covering nearly 30,000 square miles, the Inland Empire is a metropolitan region stretching from the east of Los Angeles to include Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, and Temecula. This SoCal destination is known for being inviting and filled with amenities, yet tucked away into the wilderness.
Southern California is always awake with endless school and career opportunities alongside shopping, entertainment, and nightlife that is unrivaled. However, while easily accessible, the Inland Empire often feels like an “insider’s secret” and it’s a great place to escape to.
Rancho Cucamonga is one of the cities worth highlighting. It lies right at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, putting it in San Bernardino County. Situated about 37 miles east of Los Angeles’ downtown area, it’s an agricultural hub, with the city’s grape cluster seal alluding to its rich history that’s rooted in wine-making.
Riverside is also located in a place that gives it direct access to LA. It also has an intriguing culture on display, from the historic grand hotel called the Mission Inn to the Metropolitan Museum that houses all of the region’s natural, cultural, and historical stories. Local and international artwork is also proudly displayed at the local art museum and the March Field Air Museum displays the rarest jets and aircraft in military history.
Temecula is yet another city in the Inland Empire that you’re likely to recognize the name of, especially if you’re a wine lover. It is known for its seat right in the center of Temecula Valley Wine Country. Vineyards dot the hillsides amidst multiple golf courses, and it is rare not to see people taking pictures of the 1800s buildings and countless antique sellers.
The entire area has beautifully meshed centuries-old buildings with the fresh and modern urban lifestyle SoCal is prized for.