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Riverside County cities and communities
Aguanga, Anza, Banning, Beaumont, Blythe, Cabazon, Calimesa, Cathedral City, Coachella, Corona, Desert Center, Desert Hot Springs, Eastvale, Hemet, Homeland, Idyllwild, Indian Wells, Indio, Jurupa Valley, La Quinta, Lake Elsinore, Mecca, Menifee, Mira Loma, Moreno Valley, Mountain Center, Murrieta, Norco, North Palm Springs, Nuevo, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Perris, Rancho Mirage, Riverside, San Jacinto, Sun City, Temecula, Thermal, Thousand Palms, Whitewater, Wildomar, and Winchester.
San Bernardino County cities and communities
Adelanto, Amboy, Angelus Oaks, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Bloomington, Cedar Glen, Cedarpines Park, Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, Crestline, Daggett, Earp, Essex, Fawnskin, Fontana, Forest Falls, Grand Terrace, Green Valley Lake, Helendale, Hesperia, Highland, Hinkley, Joshua Tree, Lake Arrowhead, Landers, Loma Linda, Lucerne Valley, Ludlow, Lytle Creek, Mentone, Montclair, Morongo Valley, Mount Baldy, Needles, Newberry Springs, Nipton, Ontario, Oro Grande, Parker Dam, Phelan, Piñon Hills, Pioneertown, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, Rimforest, Running Springs, San Bernardino, Skyforest, Sugarloaf, Trona, 29 Palms, Twin Peaks, Upland, Victorville, Vidal, Wrightwood, Yermo, Yucaipa, and Yucca Valley.
Temecula Valley (photo) in Temecula, CA
The Inland Empire (IE) is a metropolitan area and region in Southern California, inland of and adjacent to coastal California, centering around the cities of San Bernardino and Riverside, and borders Los Angeles County to the west. It includes the cities of western Riverside County and southwestern San Bernardino County, and is considered to include the desert communities of the Coachella and Victor Valleys, respectively on the other sides of the San Gorgonio Pass and San Bernardino Mountains from the Santa Ana River watershed that forms the bulk of the Inland Empire; a much broader definition includes all of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The combined land area of the counties of the Inland Empire is larger than 10 U.S. states – West Virginia, Maryland, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island – and is slightly smaller than the combined area of the last 5 (New Hampshire through Rhode Island).
The U.S. Census Bureau-defined Riverside–San Bernardino–Ontario metropolitan area, which comprises Riverside County and San Bernardino County, California, covers 27,298 square miles (70,669 km2) and has a population of approximately 4.6 million residents. Most of the area's population is located in southwestern San Bernardino County and northwestern Riverside County. At the end of the 19th century, the Inland Empire was a major center of agriculture, including citrus, dairy, and wine making. Agriculture declined through the 20th century, and since the 1970s, a rapidly growing population fed by families migrating in search of affordable housing, has led to more residential, industrial, and commercial development.
Indian Wells Golf Resort (photo) in Indian Wells, CA
Physical boundaries between Los Angeles and the Inland Empire from west to east are the San Jose Hills splitting the San Gabriel Valley from the Pomona Valley, leading to the urban populations centered in the San Bernardino Valley. From the south to north, the Santa Ana Mountains physically divide Orange County from Riverside County. The Santa Rosa Mountains, as well as the Southern California portion of the Sonoran Desert, physically divide Riverside County from San Diego County. Some definitions for the Inland Empire include Chino Valley, Coachella Valley, Cucamonga Valley, Menifee Valley, Murrieta Valley, Perris Valley, San Jacinto Valley, Temecula Valley, and Victor Valley.
Joshua Tree National Park (photo) in Joshua Tree, CA
Elevations range from 11,503 ft (3,506 m) at the top of San Gorgonio Mountain (photo) to −220 ft (−67 m) at the Salton Sea. The San Bernardino mountains are home to the San Bernardino National Forest and the resort communities of Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, and Running Springs. The Santa Ana River extends from Mt. San Gorgonio for nearly 100 miles (160 km) through San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange counties before it eventually spills into the Pacific Ocean at Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. While temperatures are generally cool to cold in the mountains, it can get hot in the valleys. In the desert resort of Palm Springs, near Joshua Tree National Park, summer temperatures can reach well over 110 °F (43 °C).
The Inland Empire sits adjacent to the San Bernardino Mountains. Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear are just some of the lakes located in the mountains. Lake Arrowhead becomes very popular in the summertime, while Big Bear becomes popular in the winter for skiing and snowboarding activities. Various locations in the Inland Empire provide venues for cultural performances and entertainment. The Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, which is owned and operated by the City of Rancho Cucamonga, opened in the Fall of 2006 providing theatre, concerts and family entertainment to the region. The San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino's Devore neighborhood is the nation's largest outdoor amphitheater. San Bernardino's Route 66 Rendezvous (the largest classic car show in the U.S.), an annual street fair and classic car show, draws a half-million people from around the world. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (photo) in Palm Springs is a popular attraction, rising to more than 8,500 feet.
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