Welcoming nearly 3 million visitors each year, casual, picturesque, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is a year-round getaway and vacation destination situated within southwest Riverside County. With natural gifts of climate and geography, Temecula Valley is conveniently located approximately 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs, and 90 minutes from Los Angeles. Each visit to this genuinely inviting, boutique destination brings new possibilities and promises a wide variety of things to experience, enhanced by the sunny, relaxed spirit synonymous with Southern California.
Located within minutes of each other are three distinctive destinations that combine to become a robust 3- to 5-day getaway. Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, the Historic Old Town Temecula Foodie District, and Pechanga Resort and Casino each have unique, premium varietal character worthy of exploration.
The people of Riverside County, along with those in the communities of Temecula, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore, enjoy an exceptional quality of life, a mild climate, good air quality, reasonably priced land and building sites adjacent to the I-15 and I-215 corridors, affordable housing at all levels, a highly skilled labor force, quality educational facilities and programs and cultural, entertainment and recreational activities for every lifestyle.
Average household income:
* 2015 Census
Geographically positioned in the southwest corner of Riverside County, Temecula Valley is viewed as a bedroom community of San Diego since it attracts more residents from San Diego County than anywhere else.
Temecula has twice been named "The Best City in Riverside County to live in" by The Press-Enterprise for its superior quality of life. Sound management along with tax revenues generated by the many shopping opportunities and surrounding stores have made it possible for the city to provide its citizens with a solid infrastructure, low crime rate, clean air and an abundance of cultural and recreational programs. Temecula is located 33.50 degrees north of the equator and 117.12 degrees west of the prime meridian. Temecula elevation ranges from approximately 1,175 to 2,600 feet.
Average daytime temperatures
During Summer Months: mid 80s to mid 90s
During Winter Months: mid 60s to mid 70s
Map and Directions
Getting to Temecula is easy. Temecula is located off the 1-15 freeway approximately 60 minutes north of San Diego and 90 minutes south of Los Angeles. Surrounded by four major airports in San Diego, Los Angeles, Ontario and Orange County, as well as two local airfields, Temecula is never more than an hour and ½ driving distance by car or shuttle.
From San Diego: Take I-15 north, 1 hour
From Orange County: Take Hwy. 91 east to I-15 south, 1 hour
From Los Angeles: Take Hwy. 60 or I-10 to I-15 south, 1 hour, 30 min.
From Palm Springs: Take 1-10 west to Hwy. 60 west to I-215 south, 1 hour, 10 min.
The Visitor Center is located in Old Town Temecula (Third Street & Mercedes) adjacent to the Old Town Temecula Parking Garage. Maps, discounts and information can be found here, and the welcoming staff is happy to assist in planning your trip.