San Bernardino County
The Inland Empire is a metropolitan area within Southern California. “Inland” or adjacent to Los Angeles, just 60 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. The bulk of the Inland Empire includes both Riverside County and San Bernardino County, and their notable cities such as Coachella, Temecula, Ontario, Riverside, Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, Joshua tree, Redlands among many more surrounding Route 66. Combined the Inland Empire spans more than ten states totaling more than 27,000 square miles.
Just 60 miles inland from the Southern California coast, San Bernardino is the nation’s largest county, spanning world-famous desert and mountainous regions, encompassing the valley floor’s urban and suburban cities and home to the quirky, historic U.S. Route 66.
Visitors can experience an exhilarating mixture of outdoor recreation and natural tranquility in renowned mountain and desert destinations like Big Bear Mountain, Lake Arrowhead, Joshua Tree, Mojave National Monument, and Death Valley National Park; plus unique arts and entertainment, eclectic lodging, rich California culture, and American history.
From the famous Coachella Valley to the artistic San Jacinto Mountains, from our vast deserts to our fields of spring wildflowers, and from our museums to our hiking trails, Riverside County offers an abundance of places to go and things to do. Take a hot air balloon over Riverside County’s wine country, tour March Air Force Base, or visit one of our hot springs spas – whatever your interests, you are sure to make memories here worthy of selfies and profile pics.