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Top 5 things to see in Temecula

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Temecula offers everyone something unique. It's close proximity to San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange county make it a perfect weekend getaway. Whether you're visiting Temecula for pleasure or for business, there are 5 things every visitor MUST see before leaving.



1. Hot Air Balloons:

Ballooning can be traced back to the early days of Temecula. What started out as a small one-man operation has turned into a thriving tourist attraction that defines the cities skyline in the early morning hours. Take a drive to the wine country just after sunrise and you'll see a wide variety of balloons drifting across the vineyards.

2. Pechanga Resort and Casino

Pechanga is a 4 diamond luxury resort, casino and golf course. It's California's largest casino and is visited by thousands each and every day. With over 2,000 slot machines, spa's, high-limit poker, an award wining golf course, and luxury hotel, you're sure to find something to keep you entertained.

3. Temecula Wineries

Temecula is home to over 40 wineries! Each winery offers you a unique experience. Walk amongst the vineyards or tour the wine making rooms to get a true sense of wine making. Most wineries are open daily and there are many shuttle services for your convenience.

4. Lake Skinner

Nestled in the hills of Winchester, Lake Skinner is only a few miles east of the Temecula Wineries and within easy access of Interstates 15 and 215. Created in 1973, Lake Skinner has 1400 acres of surface water and is operated by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Supplied by the Colorado River through the Colorado River Aqueduct and the State Water Project, the lake feeds the Robert A. Skinner filtration plant and, in turn, supplies water to many residents of Southern California.

The Lake is home to Stripped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Carp, and Bluegill year round. The District also stocks Catfish in the summer and Trout in the winter, keeping the fishing active all year long. Boating is allowed on the lake with a few restrictions and for those without a boat, the park offers boat rentals at the lakes marina. With 241 campsites, Lake Skinner has plenty of space for those overnight stays as well.

5. Old Town Temecula

Go back in time while visiting Old Town in Temecula. Nestled in the foothills is Temecula's historic "down-town" district. You'll find everything from old fashioned root beer shops, to contemporary dining and shopping. Each weekend brings a new adventure such as gunfight reenactments, car shows, concerts and much more!

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