When you think about your next vacation, The IE is prob not at the top of your bucket list. But guess what? The Inland Empire has two dozen historic sites (nationally-registered, of course) and more than 100 landmarks commemorating this region’s rich California history. Who knew?
Here’s the deal: There are Old West attractions, Route 66 museums, an alpine mountain zoo, outdoor art museums in the desert, mountain lakes, multi-state rivers and plenty of scenic vistas to take a selfie in front of. Not to mention Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve, the Sand to Snow Monument and even the Colorado River which flows through the border corners of California, Arizona, and Nevada.
No sightseeing bucket-list is complete without the sweetly nostalgic and newly-reopened Skypark @ Santa’s Village in Lake Arrowhead; the world-renowned Mission Inn and its amazing Festival of Lights in Riverside; the millions of miles of Joshua trees that line the tranquil desert; the historic Calico Ghost Town off Route 66; art murals in Twentynine Palms; the San Andreas Fault; the Amboy Crater; the Kelso Dunes; the Oasis of Mara; and of course, stargazing. Out here, you can actually see the constellations.
Wow! There’s almost too much to see here. Better plan two trips.