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Visiting California's Inland Empire

Simply known as I.E., the Inland Empire is smack dab in the center of California. Spend an afternoon biking, hiking and soaking up sun on Big Bear Lake, or take the family for a slide down the cool, wet water slides at Big Bear Alpine Slides. Want to taste the best olives ever? Take a tour of the Graber Olive House in Ontario, where the world-famous family produced olives are grown. Stop by Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen and pluck some of the sweetest, most-juiciest apples ever. Best Western offers over 5 hotels in the Inland Empire. Book one today and explore California’s most inner-parts.

Most of you may refer to them as “roach coaches” but don’t be confused, the new fad in street food is now cooking up gourmet. On June 18th at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, the 2011 Inland Empire Food Truck Festival is in full effect. Spotlighting the gourmet food truck movement with 50 gourmet food trucks, live music, giveaways, roller derby and skate boarding. You can expect to find everything from glorious melted grilled cheesy goodness, Crepes, bar-b-que, and a rolling sushi van. Food ranges between $2 and $8 depending on the menu item, so get your taste buds ready for some of the best food truck cuisine in the Inland Empire.

Let the kids have big time fun for a small price at Castle Park in Riverside. With thrills that meet all sizes, they can hop aboard the Dragon Flyer, Crazy Plane, and the Kings Crown for a good time. Or take in a magic show by “Anthony the Magic”. He has been entertaining audiences with his unique skills and illusions for years. For the little golfer in your group, the miniature golf sites will be well received. Four 18-hole courses offering varying levels of play are set amongst waterfalls, rapids and fountains. Or, shoot over to the castles' state of the art arcade, boasting over 200 games from Time Crisis, and Teken 5, the Guitar Hero. All this and more for as little $14.99. Fun times lie ahead.

The rugged backcountry of Coachella in Palm Desert is a great place to visit, well… really year round. From rock climbing in Joshua Tree, and hot air ballooning over the desert - there are plenty of fantastic things to get into. Take a Canyon Jeep Tour and venture into the treasure of Indian Canyon where lush oasis, palm groves, ancient trails and desert lavender await you. Or go sky sailing and soar higher and higher with each gust of wind that flows beneath your wings.

California's Inland Empire Hotel Map

California's Inland Empire Events

July 2014

July 10 - August 7, 2014
Concerts in the Park Red Hill Community Park in Rancho Cucamonga fills with this free music event each Thursday at 7 p.m.

August 2014

August 2, 2014
Dinosaur Family Fun Day The Hi Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley hosts this fun educational event where kids can learn all about dinosaurs with hands-on activities and games. The fun begins at 9 a.m.

September 2014

September 27, 2014
LeAnn Rimes

This country music star takes the stage at the Riverside’s Performing Arts Center for a 7 p.m. show.

September 27, 2014
Blues for the Zoo Concert This lakeside music festival at Meadow Park in Big Bear Lake supports the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. Gates open at 1 p.m.

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 2014

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.

14 Best Western Hotels
in California's Inland Empire

  • BEST WESTERN
    El Rancho Motor Inn

    Beaumont

  • BEST WESTERN
    Big Bear Chateau

    Big Bear Lake

  • BEST WESTERN
    Pine Tree Motel

    Chino

  • BEST WESTERN
    Corona

    Corona

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Lake Elsinore Inn & Suites

  • BEST WESTERN
    Moreno Hotel & Suites

    Moreno Valley

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    InnSuites Ontario Airport E Hotel & Suites

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Ontario Airport

    Ontario

  • BEST WESTERN
    Cajon Pass

    Phelan

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Heritage Inn Rancho Cucamonga/Ontario

    Rancho Cucamonga

  • BEST WESTERN
    Hospitality Lane

    San Bernardino

  • BEST WESTERN
    San Dimas Hotel & Suites

    San Dimas

  • BEST WESTERN
    Country Inn

    Temecula

  • BEST WESTERN
    Joshua Tree Hotel & Suites

    Yucca Valley

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