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Get to know Riverside County

Meet a dynamic place that’s equal parts scenic suburb, rustic-chic resort and unspoiled high desert wilderness. Celebrated for its dry climate, watercolor landscapes and equidistance to the Los Angeles and San Diego metros, Riverside County is the gateway to Palm Springs and the greater Coachella Valley—home to the eponymous music festival and iconic Joshua Tree National Park. More than two million reside in this convenient corner of Southern California, covers a whopping 7,200 square miles that extend clear to the Arizona border. It’s home to 28 cities, including Blythe, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Palm Springs, Riverside, and Temecula. County fairs, festivals and mega-concerts attract millions annually. Lately, Riverside County has leaned well into its new nickname, the “next Napa Valley,” thanks to a burgeoning terroir that’s now 40+ wineries strong.
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History & Culture

Like much of California, Riverside County is rooted in its wealth of natural resources. Menifee’s motto, “Gem of the Valley,” is no trope: The city sat atop a prosperous quartz lode discovered by its namesake, miner Luther Menifee Wilson, and diamonds are an iterative theme found on street signs and other elements throughout town. Temecula is one of Southern California's only communities retaining its indigenous name, españolized from a local Native American word loosely translating to “where the sun breaks through the mist.” In the past decade or so, the area has experienced a resurgence of residents and businesses relocating from traditional population centers surrounding Los Angeles and San Diego. Access to key transportation corridors has helped further cement Riverside County's status as one of the fastest-growing regions in the country.

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Dine & Shop

Booming development in recent decades transitioned the area’s once largely agricultural towns to populous self-sufficient commercial centers, with well-stocked Main Streets full of eclectic shops and splashy sidewalk-table eateries. You'll find championship golf, polo clubs, and a bevy of museums and attractions to explore. The Temecula Valley AVA, historically a thriving winemaking region, has experienced a renaissance as of late, bottling award-winning vintages and playing host to a growing gourmet scene that’s pinging the radars of epicureans near and far. The Pechanga Resort and Casino, the state’s largest gambling venue, offers a wide variety of entertainment with 200,000 square feet of gaming space.