Things to do in Temecula

Things to do in  Temecula

Vineyards for days

Temecula is Southern California’s premier wine-growing region, thanks to a fertile valley protected by gently rolling hills that are home to dozens of wineries. Tasting tours top of the list of things to do in Temecula, and guided tours, e-bikes, and Segways are all creative ways to hop from one estate to another. Many wineries also feature outdoor restaurants that showcase the region’s farm-fresh Californian cuisine, while Old Town Temecula offers a charming stretch of shopping and dining with a rustic, Wild West aesthetic.

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When to visit

The fall is one of the best times to visit Temecula, with Temecula Valley Wine Month lasting the whole month of September and including the wineries’ crush period. The fall also sees temperatures over 80°F (26.5°C)—not nearly as hot as in the summertime, when temperatures can soar over 100°F (38°C). For colder temps, visit in winter, which also is packed with events, such as December's Temecula Chilled and Holiday Taste of Old Town.

Getting around

If you’re visiting Temecula to experience the valley’s wine country, you'll need access to a vehicle and, preferably, a driver. You can rent a car, hire a rideshare service, or take a guided tour. Most wine-tasting tours offer transportation with driver. For in-town sightseeing, the city offers a free trolley service fOr traveling around Old Town or to Promenade Mall. The Old Town area of the city also is walkable, so it's easy to explore on foot.

Traveler tips

If you’re planning a springtime visit in April or May, don’t miss out on a visit to Temecula's Rose Haven Heritage Garden. This 3.4-acre (1.4-hectare) garden blooms beautifully in the late spring, with another big bloom in the cooling-off period at the start of fall. Another outdoor space that locals love is the Temecula Duck Pond and Veterans Memorial, located off Rancho California Road.

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People Also Ask

What is Temecula known for?

Temecula is known for award-winning vineyards, championship golf courses, and hot-air ballooning within driving distance of Los Angeles and San Diego. Hundreds of antique shops draw visitors to the city’s Old Town district, which also hosts car shows, hot rod runs, weekend entertainment, and ranch-themed Western Days in September.

Is Temecula close to LA or San Diego?

Temecula is located between Los Angeles and San Diego. It’s closer to San Diego, which is 59 miles (95 kilometers) away and can be reached by car in roughly one hour. Los Angeles is 85 miles (137 kilometers) from Temecula, a drive that—depending on traffic—might take up to two hours.

How do I spend a day in Temecula?

Start your day in Temecula with a round of golf, a hot-air balloon flight, or a horseback ride through Temecula Valley vineyards. Spend the afternoon sampling Temecula Valley wine, whether you visit an award-winning tasting room or book a wine tour to explore local varietals in greater depth.

What is there to do in Temecula, CA?

Temecula has lots to do. You can play golf, rent bicycles, go wine tasting, book a hot-air balloon flight, or go horseback riding through scenic vineyards. The city also hosts a year-round lineup of festivals, from fall’s ranch-themed Western Days to summer’s Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival.

Does Temecula have a nightlife?

Temecula has great nightlife with laid-back energy. In the city’s Old Town district are bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, many with live jazz and blues on weekend nights. Entertainment options at Temecula’s Pechanga Resort Casino include live music and other performances, while weekends bring DJ-fueled dancing to its multiple dance floors.

Why do people go to Temecula?

Championship golf, award-winning wines, hot-air balloons, and major festivals draw visitors to Temecula, a California city that enjoys a Mediterranean climate with year-round sunshine. Both hiking and cycling are popular here, and the city’s Pechanga Resort Casino is among the largest in the US, offering gambling and live entertainment.

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