Inland Empire, CA

Temecula Valley

Founded on the Butterfield Stage Route, Temecula is the gateway to the state's youngest wine country. See the valley and its award-winning wineries from a hot-air balloon, hang glider, or car. Tour more than a half dozen wineries. If you're an antiques buff, you'll enjoy browsing the shops of Front Street in Old Town Temecula.

Hemet

In April and May, the mountain community of Hemet offers The Ramona Pageant, an early California romance performed by more than 350 residents in an outdoor amphitheater.

Lake Elsinore Area

Waterski at 3,300-acre Lake Elsinore, near the Cleveland National Forest, or soar above it in a hang glider or sport parachute. Attend a minor-league baseball game or concert at Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium. Slip into the warm mineral waters or mud baths of Glen Ivy Hot Springs near Corona.

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Ontario Area

Taste olives and tour the fascinating Graber Olive House, an 1894 cannery with a small museum and picnic area. For outdoor recreation, discover the Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park in Ontario.

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Riverside Area

Stay in Riverside's historic Mission Inn, a Mission Revival / Spanish delight featuring alcoves, wooden beams, stained glass, and antiques. Driving a camper? Overnight in Rancho Jurupa Park by the Santa Ana River. Downtown, explore the restored 1892 Heritage House and the Riverside Municipal Museum, which showcases Native American culture and local history. Visit the California Citrus State Historic Park, reflecting the area's agricultural roots as the birthplace of the citrus industry.

Victorville

Love old cowboy movies? Visit Victorville, home of the Roy Rogers/Dale Evans Museum. The museum is filled with mementos of the couple's films and television shows, including their horses Trigger and Buttermilk and jeep Nellybelle.