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Set­tled in the 1840s, Louis Ro­bidoux’s Ju­rupa Ran­cho prop­erty even­tu­ally be­came a city park, the MT. RUBIDOUX TRAIL AND ME­MO­RIAL PARK. West of down­town River­side, this lo­cal fa­vorite has a 2.7-mile paved trail as­cend­ing the 1,399foot-high moun­tain amid his­tor­i­cal plaques. The climb, lined with spring wild­flow­ers or views of the snow-dusted San Bernardino Moun­tains in win­ter, re­wards hik­ers with ex­pan­sive River­side val­ley views. mt-rubidoux.org

City & Town

Food­ies and oenophiles should ex­plore Old Town Te­mec­ula’s his­toric district of 1880s build­ings for wine tast­ing and sam­pling lo­cal fare in a friendly, Old West am­bi­ence. Or visit Red­lands, the “City of Beau­ti­ful Homes,” and its op­u­lent Vic­to­ri­ans and Arts and Crafts style homes of yes­ter­year.

North of Te­mec­ula, play in the mud or soak in the sooth­ing min­eral wa­ters of the 157-year-old Glen Ivy Hot Springs, dat­ing from early stage­coach days. Get in on the ac­tion at the gam­ing ta­bles at the Pechanga Casino. Or soar in a hot air bal­loon over Te­mec­ula Val­ley’s 35,000-acre wine coun­try, dot­ted with B&BS and lux­ury re­sorts amid vines and citrus groves. Af­ter­wards, re­lax with a glass of lo­cal wine on a win­ery por­tico or play golf in this quiet oa­sis of the Cal­i­for­nia good life.

Her­itage & Cul­ture

River­side har­bors a wealth of Cal­i­for­nia his­tory. On Mag­no­lia Av­enue, the state’s first and old­est navel or­ange tree, planted in 1873, stands on the spot where Cal­i­for­nia’s mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar citrus in­dus­try be­gan. Since 1880, the iconic Mis­sion Inn has hosted U.S. pres­i­dents and de­lighted trav­el­ers with a Hearst Cas­tle-like eclec­tic mix of Span­ish and Moor­ish ar­chi­tec­ture, adorned with price­less Ital­ian and Span­ish trea­sures, as a church bell tolls on the hour.

The San Bernardino Mu­seum ex­plores lo­cal his­tory by ex­hibit­ing a cov­ered wagon that crossed the Mo­jave Desert from Salt Lake City and a Wells Fargo stage­coach. The Hall of An­thro­pol­ogy show­cases lo­cal na­tive cul­tures, the Mo­jave, Ser­rano and Gabrielino. Within the citrus groves sur­round­ing the mu­seum, the Zim­mer­man Citrus Kiosk ex­plores the area’s citrus her­itage.

Fam­ily Fun

The fun be­gins with rides on the lo­co­mo­tives and trol­leys of the Or­ange Em­pire Rail­way Mu­seum in Per­ris. At Tom’s Farm in Corona, kids can mine for emer­alds and ru­bies, ride a pony, board the 1800s steam train or drive a trac­tor. In the sum­mer­time heat, take cool wa­ter rides on the Alpine Slide’s twist­ing curves at the Magic Moun­tain Recre­ation Area at Big Bear Lake.

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