Let’s face it - the Inland Empire is huge!
Covering more than 27,000 square miles of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, SoCal’s Inland Empire is a diverse blend of suburban and rural areas with substantial distribution, industrial and commercial development and tourism.
Elevation fluctuations make for very interesting topography: near desert to alpine, with oaks and pines dotting the Rim of the World highway. San Gorgonio and San Bernardino mountain peaks both exceed 10,000 ft. Climate is a desirable quality of the area.
Vast arrays of hiking trails can be found and many outdoor activities such as biking, four-wheeling, snowboarding and skiing, and much more.
Some fun and interesting things about the Inland Empire:
- Host of the famous music festival, Coachella
- The largest outdoor amphitheater in the U.S., Glen Helen Amphitheater, is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire.
- The Inland Empire is perhaps the only place in the United States where you are 45 minutes from ski slopes and 45 minutes from the beach; during some times of the year, the weather allows both skiing and ocean swimming on the same day!
- Historic Route 66 spans the Inland Empire from the outskirts of Los Angeles to Needles, CA on at the Arizona border
- Joshua Tree National Park contains nearly 800,000 acres of natural desert beauty and is a great place for stargazing and night photography
- The Inland Empire may be known for citrus groves, but it is also home to Temecula, SoCal’s wine country
- The Inland Empire is the largest metropolitan area in the United States without a major professional sports team. However, it is home to the Auto Club Speedway located in Fontana
- Today the economy is one of the largest and fastest growing in the nation with the 13th-largest metropolitan market - business is good!
Approximate driving distances to the Inland Empire to popular destinations:
▪ Adjacent to the east side of Los Angeles
▪ Approximately 58 miles from San Diego to the Temecula Wineries
▪ Las Vegas is only 188 miles from Victorville, and 226 miles to San Bernardino