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Visiting California's Inland Empire

Discover California’s Inland Empire communities and summer fun. Take a ride into the San Bernardino Mountains to Phelan for a look at the exotic animal sanctuary, Forever Wild. Dedicated to rescue and rehabilitate captive-bred exotic animals, and offering them a forever home, this is a destination for wildlife enthusiasts. In San Dimas, the May opening of Raging Waters signals the start of the summer season across the Inland Empire.

Corona hosts the 43rd Annual Corona Cinco de Mayo Parade and Fiesta May 3rd. One of the Inland Empire’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations, the 2014 fiesta features a newly crowned Queen overseeing the Saturday morning parade starting at the corner of Sixth and Merrill Streets, and ending at Corona City Park. Enjoy an afternoon in the park with live music, kid’s amusements, and great food.

Join West Coast Thunder XV to celebrate Memorial Day 2014. The popular motorcycle run is May 26th starting near the Riverside Harley-Davidson dealer. After opening ceremonies, the parade departs at 9:11 for a ride through Moreno Valley and Riverside National Cemetery, before ending at Soboba Casino in San Jacinto. Afternoon events feature recording artist Rodney Atkins on stage.

The City of Moreno Valley hosts the Fourth of July’s Moreno Valley Independence Day Parade and Family FunFest, a long-standing Inland Empire tradition. A patriotic family-fun event featuring food, vendors, and activities for all ages, begins with the morning parade. An afternoon of fun at Mountain View Middle School follows, with bands, live music, and fireworks.

East in Beaumont, June brings the 2014 Beaumont Cherry Festival June 5th through 8th. The community’s biggest annual event, the Cherry Festival features rides, games music, and entertainment, along with the best of festival foods. The line-up features Brenton Wood, the BOE Band, and The Latin Legends Live with Tierra, among the schedule. Join family and friends at Stewart Park and enjoy the Beaumont Cherry Festival.

Active outdoor enthusiasts take advantage of the season and join the challenge of the Big Bear Triathlon June 28th. The 2014 triathlon features Olympic and sprint distances starting with the swim in Big Bear Lake. Be prepared for Big Bear Lake's 7,000 foot elevation and enjoy the courses through the San Bernardino National Forest and mild summer temperatures.

Escape the Inland Empire valley heat in July at the 2014 Big Bear Paddlefest. Held July 12th at Swim Beach in Meadow Park at Big Bear Lake, the call goes out to Challenge the Bear with kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. From the kids fun race to the 20k SUP, there is fun for all.

California's Inland Empire Hotel Map

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14 Best Western Hotels
in California's Inland Empire

    El Rancho Motor Inn


    Big Bear Chateau

    Big Bear Lake

    Pine Tree Motel




    Lake Elsinore Inn & Suites

    Moreno Hotel & Suites

    Moreno Valley

    InnSuites Ontario Airport E Hotel & Suites

    Ontario Airport


    Cajon Pass


    Heritage Inn Rancho Cucamonga/Ontario

    Rancho Cucamonga

    Hospitality Lane

    San Bernardino

    San Dimas Hotel & Suites

    San Dimas

    Country Inn


    Joshua Tree Hotel & Suites

    Yucca Valley

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California's Inland Empire Events

October 2014

October 18, 2014
Inland Empire Wine Festival Morongo Casino & Resort hosts this 1st annual wine festival, which features local wineries and live entertainment. It all begins at noon.
October 10-11, 2014
Rendezvous Back to Route 66 The San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino fills with classic cars, games for the kids, vendors, and great food. It all begins at 2 p.m. on Friday.

November 2014

November 1-2, 2014
Great Outdoors Arts & Crafts Festival Come on out to the Bass Pro Shop in Rancho Cucamonga for this juried fine arts show. Works are on display starting at 11 a.m.
November 27, 2014
Big Bear Turkey Trot Starting in Meadow Park in Big Bear Lake, this family fun event offers three different distances to choose from to walk, jog, or run. The winner gets a turkey to take home for their Thanksgiving feast. The fun begins at 9 a.m.

December 2014

December 20, 2014
San Bernardino Symphony: Home for the Holidays Come on out to the California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino for a lovely concert full of music from the Nutcracker and other Christmas carols. The conductor takes the stand at 7:30 p.m.
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