We’re exploring California wine country region-by-region, every day, all summer long. This week we are looking at Temecula and the South Coast. Stay tuned for a new view of these still-undiscovered areas each day this week.
Just a short drive from Southern California’s population centers, Temecula offers a taste of country life. Wineries are raising quality, and travelers can enjoy tons of other recreational fun.
Map of Temecula and the South Coast
5 Places to Visit in Temecula and the South Coast
Hot Air Balloons
Start your morning with a hot-air balloon ride that reveals Temecula’s unique setting between desert and sea. Many different companies offer flights.
Quality-focused wineries line this route. Time your visit for a great Italian lunch at Robert Renzoni’s Tuscan-style winery.
With the largest casino floor in California, Pechanga features more than 4,000 slot machines and 150 table games. Check the schedule for musicals, concerts, boxing and comedy shows.
Traveling with kids? They can experience up-close encounters with animals from around the world on interactive tours at this rescue zoo (appointments required). Programs highlight cheetahs, boas, wallabies and more.
Make sure to check out the rest of our comprehensive guide to California travel!