A short drive from the beaches of Southern California emerges a different landscape: the mountains, lakes, and deserts of the Inland Empire. You don’t normally think of wilderness when you think of Southern California, but there’s plenty of outdoor serenity to be found in the Inland Empire
From lively cities to outdoor adventures, the Inland Empire has a vast diversity in what it offers the adventurer. Elevations range from 11,499 feet at the top of the San Gorgonio Mountain to −220 feet at the Salton Sea. Plus this southern California region experiences all four seasons so there’s never a chance of being bored. You can hike, bike, canoe, ski, and zipline around the San Gabriel and San Bernadino Mountains for starters. Then descend down to discover the Inland Empire’s agricultural roots in Temecula Valley where you’ll find wineries, small farm operations, farmer’s markets, and the restaurants that utilize all of these rich resources.
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