Pechanga Resort and Casino is wholly owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. Opened in 2002, Pechanga is the largest resort/casino in California and one of the largest in the country, with over 200,000 sq. ft. of gaming space. Nestled in the Temecula Valley's picturesque Southern California wine country, Pechanga offers an unmatched destination, as well as the elevated comfort guests expect and deserve from an AAA Four Diamond Award-winning property since opening in 2002. In 2015, Pechanga was named "Best U.S. Casino" by USA Today. In December 2015, the Pechanga Tribe broke ground on a $285 million expansion to its current resort amenities. This includes a new 568-room hotel wing, a two-story spa, resort-style pool complex, two new restaurants and 70,000 square feet of additional meeting and event space. The expansion is due to open in 2018.