5 Destinations in Temecula and the South Coast

Looking out over a vineyard on a sunny day in Temecula .
Photo by Stian Rasmussen.

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

Map of Temecula and the South Coast

5 Places to Visit in Temecula and the South Coast

  1. Photo by Stian Rasmussen

    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.

  2. Photo by Stian Rasmussen

    De Portola Wine Trail

    Quality-focused wineries line this route. Time your visit for a great Italian lunch at Robert Renzoni’s Tuscan-style winery.

  3. Photo by Stian Rasmussen

    Pechanga Resort & Casino

    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.

  4. Photo courtesy of the PUBlic House.

    Old Town Temecula

    Start with a flaming cocktail at 1909 Temecula. From there, move on to ales and burgers at Crush & Brew, gastropub fare at PUBlic House or thin-crust pizza at The Goat & Vine.

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    Wild Wonders, Inc.

    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.


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Published on July 27, 2017
Topics: Travel