Inland Empire Points of Interest

Points of Interest in the Inland Empire

California Inland Empire attractions are as simple as a regional park. Others include a mountain tram, military aircraft museum, Indian grinding rocks and quaint towns. From the pine trees of Big Bear Lake to Temecula wineries, here you'll find unique Inland Empire points of interest and other popular attractions.


Mt. Baldy is located north of San Bernardino off Highway 210. Situated in the Angeles National Forest, Mt. Baldy features a ski resort with snow skiing and boarding in the winter and hiking, mountain biking and sightseeing in the summer. Park at the end of Mt. Baldy Road and take the ski lift up to the Top of the Notch Restaurant for views of the L. A. Basin all the way to Catalina Island. Ski lift and restaurant are only open weekends and holidays during the summer. Several hiking trails head out from Mt. Baldy Road to peaks and ridges throughout the San Gabriel Mountains. The Mt. Baldy Lodge offers cabins and a country bbq restaurant. You're guaranteed to catch at the Mt. Baldy Trout Pools where you only pay for what you catch.

Mt. Baldy
Mt. Baldy Road
Mt. Baldy, California 91759
(909) 982-0800

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Big Bear Lake is located in the San Bernardino National Forest northeast of San Bernardino off Highways 18 and 38. Nestled in the pine trees at 8,000-feet, this has long been a retreat for Los Angeles basin residents. Highlights include the large 7-mile long Big Bear Lake and major ski resorts. The lake offers boat rentals for trout and bass fishing. There is plenty of Big Bear camping and Big Bear cabins surrounding the 22 miles of shoreline. Hiking and mountain biking trails are abundant and the ski resorts offer downhill mountain biking during the dry months. Other activities include golfing, swimming, horseback riding and off-roading. Moonridge Zoo showcases the local wild animals of the region. With an average population of 21,000, Big Bear is not the lazy town it used to be but now offers many amenities and activities.

Big Bear Lake Visitor Center
630 Bartlett Road
Big Bear Lake, California 92315

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Mt. San Gorgonio is located in the San Bernardino National Forest off Highway 38 east of San Bernardino. This is the highest peak in Southern California at over 11,000 feet. Mt. San Gorgonio offers camping but the main attractions are the hiking trails to the peak. The peak offers astounding panoramic views for as far as the eye can see. This would be a good practice hike if you're considering to hike Mt. Whitney. A wilderness permit is required for hiking.

Mill Creek Ranger Station
34701 Mill Creek Road
Mentone, CA 92359
(909) 382-2881

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Tahquitz/Lily Rock, Idyllwild

Idyllwild is located off Highway 243 south of Interstate 10 in the San Jacinto Mountains. This quaint mountain community resides on the second highest peak in Southern California. Idyllwild cabins and Idyllwild camping options are plentiful. Activities include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, shopping and sightseeing. The Mt. San Jacinto State Park Campground has evidence of early Native American Indians that lived in the region. Consider hiking to the peak of San Jacinto or farther to the top of the Palm Springs Tram

Mt. San Jacinto State Park Campground
25905 Highway 243
Idyllwild, California 92549
(951) 659-2607

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Idyllwild Indian Grinding Rock

Indian Grinding Rock is located in Mt. San Jacinto State Park Campground off Highway 243. Hundreds of years of use by Native American Indians has left deep mortars carved in a rock where Indians once ground medicinals, acorn and other food staples into flour. The grinding rock can be accessed by a short nature trail next to the Ranger Station in San Jacinto Campground, or behind campsite #7.

Mt. San Jacinto State Park
25905 Highway 243
Idyllwild, California 92549
(951) 659-2607

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Snowshoeing Round Valley

Palm Springs Tram is located off Highway 111 in Palm Springs. Ride two and a half miles up in the world's largest rotating tram cars. Climb from the desert floor at 2,600 feet to over 8,500 feet in 10 minutes. At the top is a gift shop, State Park store, cafeteria, bar, observation decks, nature trails, theater, restaurant overlooking the Coachella Valley and a Winter Adventure Center where cross-country skis, snowshoes, sleds and other winter gear can be purchased or rented. Popular activities include sightseeing, picnicking, hiking and primitive camping.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
One Tramway Road
Palm Springs, California 92262
(888) 515-8726

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Mormon Rocks are located off Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass. Mormon Rocks is grouping of interesting geologic formations of angled boulders and mountains. A short interpretive trail is located at the Mormon Rocks Fire Station and provides picturesque vantage points. Visitors are welcome to explore Mormon Rocks off trail where many caves, crevices and holes can be found.

Mormon Rocks
7200 Abiel Barron Memorial Hwy
Phelan, CA 92371
(909) 382-2851

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San Bernardino

Yucaipa Regional Park is located off Interstate 10 below the foothills of the popular tourist town of Oak Glen. Voted #1 picnic spot in the Inland Empire, Yucaipa features 885 acres for camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, paddle boating and more. A small lake is stocked with trout, catfish and bass and offers a swim lagoon and 350-foot water slides. Campground offers sites for tent or RV with full hook-ups and showers. Other amenities include a snack bar, bait shop, playground, volleyball court and horseshoe pits.

Yucaipa Regional Park
33900 Oak Glen Road
Yucaipa, California 92399
(909) 790-3127

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San Bernardino Railroad Museum is located off Interstate 215 from 2nd Street. Situated within the 1918 Santa Fe Depot, the museum focuses on San Bernardino history and all things railroad. Exhibits include railroad inspection vehicles, horse-drawn buggies, model trains, antique clocks and more. The Santa Fe Depot also serves as the local Amtrak station.

San Bernardino History & Railroad Museum
1170 West 3rd Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410
(909) 888-3634

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Glen Helen Regional Park is located at the northern intersection of Interstates 15 & 215. Glen Helen features 1,340 acres of hiking, swimming, fishing, picnicking and entertainment. A small lake offers paddle boating, fishing for trout, catfish and bass and a swim lagoon with a 350-foot water slide. Other amenities include a bait shop/snack bar, playground, hiking trails and volleyball court. The Glen Helen Pavilion (Hyundai Pavilion) is an amphitheater with a 65,000 seating capacity and hosts top entertainers.

Glen Helen Regional Park
2555 Glen Helen Parkway
San Bernardino, California 92407
(909) 887-7540

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Riverside Points of Interest

March Field Aircraft Museum is located off Interstate 215 south of Highway 60 in Riverside. This is an aircraft museum featuring an historic collection of warbirds from the SR-71 "Blackbird" to Soviet Migs. Over 3,000 aviation artifacts are on display as well as over 50 planes.

March Field Museum
22550 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, California 92518
(951) 697-6602

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Mission Inn

Mission Inn Museum is located off the 91 Freeway at the University Avenue exit, southwest of the 60 Freeway. The museum is situated within the historic Mission Inn in downtown Riverside. Exhibits of architecture, aviation, stained glass and more specifically promote the history of the Mission Inn. The Mission Inn is a privately-owned hotel and National Historic Landmark that was originally built as a small adobe home in the 1870's and evolved into its current mansion-like grandeur.

Mission Inn Museum
3696 Main Street
Riverside, California 92501

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Orange Empire Railway Museum is located south of Perris off Highway 74 or Interstate 215 from A Street. Situated at a former Santa Fe Railroad train yard, the museum actively restores railcars, engines and historic train artifacts. Museum exhibits include a plethora of electric cars, passenger cars, freight cars, a funeral car, steam locomotives and diesel engines, restored and awaiting restoration. Several original train yard structures include a machine shop, wood shop, train stations and loading platforms, turntable and water tank. Train rides are offered on most weekends including a hand car where visitors use man power for locomotion. Some cars are available for event rental. Certification classes are available for those who are serious about learning historic train operation from an Engineer to a Brakeman.

Orange Empire Railway Museum
2201 S. A Street
Perris, CA 92570
(951) 943-3020

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Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology is located east of Highway 215 near the entrance to Diamond Valley Lake, off Domenigoni Parkway. This museum / research center displays nearly one-million artifacts and fossils found during the excavation of Diamond Valley Lake, Southern California's newest reservoir. View Native American tools and crafts as well as fossils of mammoths, saber-toothed cats, mastodons and more. Some fossils date back to the Ice Age 230,000 years ago. Here you will find the largest mastodon found on Earth and walk on a tempered glass floor that displays a fossil dig beneath. Museum includes a gift shop and 270-degree immersion theatre.

Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology
2345 Searl Parkway
Hemet, California 92549
(951) 791-0033

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Prado Regional Park is located near the intersections of Highway 71, Euclid and Pine Avenues. Prado features 2,000 acres of outdoor activities including picnicking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, camping, golf, target shooting and more. paddle boats can be rented on their small lake that is stocked with trout, catfish, and bass. Playing fields are available for soccer, softball, archery and horseshoes. The shooting range was used during the 1984 Olympics and features pistol, rifle, trap & skeet and air gun ranges. A small grocery store, barbecue grills, restrooms and showers are available. The campground offers sites for tents and RVs with full hookups.

Prado Regional Park
16700 S. Euclid Avenue
Chino, California 91708
(909) 597-4260

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Ponte Winery Temecula

Temecula is located off Interstate 15 between Riverside and San Diego. Temecula is Southern California's wine region with nearly two dozen wineries situated in Temecula Valley. Old Town Temecula is a mix of historic buildings, restored structures and a recreation of the original 1800's town. Old Town features museums, restaurants, boutique shops, antique shops, a community theater and lodging. This small town hosts events throughout the year including car shows, concerts, western shows and more. Pechanga Indian Casino offers a casino, hotel, restaurants, night clubs and world-class entertainment. The nearby Lake Skinner offers boating, fishing, swimming and camping. Go hot air ballooning over Temecula wineries with A Grape Escape Balloon Adventure. Temecula has several world-class golf resorts from 9-holes to challenging 18-hole courses.

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Tom's Farms are located off Interstate 15 between Corona and Lake Elsinore. Tom's Farms is like a highway produce stand on steroids with a pizza restaurant, burger joint, taco stand, kiddie attractions, live entertainment, picnic grounds, fresh produce, beef jerky, canned goods and more. Kiddie attractions include a carousel, petting zoo, shooting gallery, pony rides, mini-tractors, gem & fossil panning and train rides. Satisfy your sweet tooth with old-fashioned candy, fudge and gourmet popcorn. Events and entertainment include a weekend craft fair, magic shows, live music and holiday events.

Tom's Farms
23900 Temescal Canyon Road
Corona, CA 92883
(951) 277-4422

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