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Day trip suggestions...

Hartford...
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Day trip suggestions...

What would be reasonable day trips from Temecula? RamblinSal already mentioned Borrego Springs--which I made note of--thanks Sal!!

How about:

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway?

Catalina Island Excursion?

Hemet?

Queen Califa's Magical Circle?? (saw mention of that somewhere--worth it?)

Where do people go to the ocean (what beach) when staying in Temecula?

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As I said in a previous post, San Diego is one hour away with many gorgeous beaches and many things to see and do!

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Hi GV ~waves happily~

Hemet? I wasn't aware there was anything going on in Hemet ...

Definitely beaches in San Diego. From Temecula, I'd say you're better off heading toward San Diego than LA, at least from a traffic perspective. Given that Temecula is a bit north, consider the beaches in the northern part of SD county (Cardiff, Carlsbad, Encinitas). It's a very nice area.

If you do choose to head towards my beloved BS, there is also Julian (http://www.julianca.com/)which is a gold rush town up in the hills (will be much cooler than BS). Isn't too far from Borrego and you could make a loop.

Have a great time.

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Murrieta Hot Springs is very close to Temecula and has hot baths you can relax in.

The Temecula area has several wineries if you are interested.

Closest beach to get to would be Oceanside, California.

Palomar Mountain is not an unreasonable drive from Temecula, offers cool beautiful mountain scenery and the historic Hale Observatory, which when it was built had the world's largest telescope at that time.

Hemet is an awful place - no offense to anyone who lives there - but you have to go through Hemet to get to Idylwild, if you are going to Idylwild from the west side (Los Angeles area).

Pechanga Indian Reservation is near Temecula (southeast of it) and has a large casino, restaurants and name entertainers.

A pleasant all-day drive would be to start at Temecula, go east on the 79 to Aguanga, at Aguanga go east on the 371, through Anza, then after Anza go north on the 74, the "Palms to Pines Highway," and there it starts to get very scenic with a lot of trees. The area of Thomas Mountain is pretty, Lake Hemet is pretty (but you have to pay to park at Lake Hemet), and at Mountain Center turn right and go up into Idylwild. A good place to eat lunch in Idylwild is the Gastro Gnome. There is Humber Park with a huge rock called Tahquitz Peak, which is sometimes used for practice by rock climbers before they go up to Yosemite National Park. Mount San Jacinto State Park is just north of that area, offering a lot of scenic hiking and views. (If you are in Palm Springs and take the aerial tramway, you also end up in Mt. San Jacinto State Park at the top of the tramway.) After Idylwild, you go back south to Mountain Center and turn west to go down the mountain into Hemet, then to Interstate 15 and back south to Temecula. The whole trip will take a whole day.

If you are really into mountain hiking, the Santa Rosa Mountains east of Temecula (maybe about an hour east of Temecula) offer rugged mountain hiking in relatively remote areas with great views of the deserts. This would also be an all-day adventure that you would have to prepare well for.

Temecula has a small but nice old town, along Old Town Front Street, but it won't take more than a couple hours of your time.

Lake Elsinore is a large lake north of Temecula with possibilities for water sports, but it is always hot at Lake Elsinore. There is an outlet mall there too.

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Thanks for the replies so far (keep 'em coming). Thanks BW92116 - I love the itiniery with routes and all! I'll be doing some more looking thru my travel books and I'm sure I'll have more questions to ask.

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I live in Temecula and the locals do not go to Oceanside Beach (Marine town - not good for kids). We stick with Solano Beach, Moonlight Beach or any of the beaches south of Oceanside. Catalina is best accessed from San Pedro, but I wouldn't consider that a 'day-trip' unless you are 20 something and not towing kids behind - it would be a better '48 hour trip'. Depending on whether or not you have kids, we are about a 1 to 1.5 hours away from all major Southern California theme parks (Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Seaworld, San Diego Zoo and about 40 minutes away from the Wild Animal Park. Balboa Park in San Diego (with the zoo) is full of museums and kid friendly activities. Awesome restaurants/shopping are located in San Diego in the Gas Lamp District. Temeculans consider themselves more of North San Diego County than Southern Riverside County residents. A big difference in places to go, things to do. Use your tour book for San Diego activities, its a better fit for the Temecula area. The tram ride in Palm Springs is no big deal, you ride up the tram, have lunch, look at the scenery and walk around and then ride the tram back down. In the Temecula Valley, if you enjoy hiking, etc., and depending on the time of year that you are coming, try looking at the Santa Rosa Plateau or the Lake Skinner area. Wonderful walking paths, but be careful of rattlesnakes in the spring and summer - not much of a problem during the winter. Definitely nothing to see in Hemet unless you are of the senior citizen crowd and enjoy their activiites and lifestyle. Its just another town on the way to the San Jacinto Mountains - which have nice hiking trails as well. Julian is famous for its pies and apple season during the fall. Nice town to visit, shop and eat in during the summer as it tends to be cooler, but it is definitely very crowded during weekends as well. Avoid weekend visits there if possible. Temecula itself has Old Town which translates into very expensive shops to browse in, with a couple of nice restaurants. Try Penfolds for breakfast, great local favorite. Pechanga has its casino and is in Temecula off of Hwy 79 now known as Temecula Parkway. The wineries have some very nice, but expensive restaurants with a couple that have overnight facilities. I wouldn't suggest biking through wine country as one couple attempted to do unless you are a thrill seeker and like to look death in the eye. San Diego has some awesome day trip deep sea fishing expeditions as well as whale watching tours during the winter. You might like that. If you have any specific questions or need specific information, please ask and I'll be happy to help. Temecula is a wonderful family town and we love to share its gifts with others.

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Thank you Meadowlark for a very informative post. I have printed it out to put in my folder.

We will be a group of 11 (13?) (although not all will opt for the day excursions) Aged 62 (active) to 25. Also an infant--though I think the parents will probably stay close to the home base. We will be traveling there Christmas eve to early january.

Thanks again---I love to get advice from the locals!!!

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