With spectacular peaks and dramatic deserts, the Inland Empire region of Southern California is home to great contrasts, beauty and experiences. To the north, nestling along the aptly named rim of the World Scenic Byway, the San Bernardino Mountain communities of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake provide alpine playgrounds where you can fish, sail and cycle in summer; ski, snowboard and travel on snowshoes in winter. To the south, in the neighboring San Jacinto Mountains, explore the relaxed and friendly artists' hamlet of Idyllwild. Farther south, around Temecula, find farmers' markets and visit award-winning wineries.
BIG BEAR LAKE
Water-ski, swim, sail or fish in high mountain waters; five marinas serve the lake, renting everything from personal watercraft to pontoon boats.
Wander the pretty streets of this artists' colony high in the San Jacinto Mountains, then hike or picnic in nearby pine-shaded parklands.
GLEN IVY HOT SPRINGS SPA CORONA
Shimmy into a misty underground grotto, dip in the mineral baths or get a relaxing massage under the oaks.
KIMBERLY CREST REDLANDS
Explore this six-acre estate with magnificent Italianesque gardens and a French chateau-style manor house built in 1897.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY MUSEUM REDLANDS
Learn about California's ancient history at the Calico Early Man site in this fascinating museum, a treasure trove of cultural artefacts.
TEMECULA VALLEY WINE COUNTRY
Enjoy the magic of this lovely winemaking country, where cool ocean mists help create the perfect environment for growing grapes. Visit winemakers and sip award-winning vintages at 22 wineries.