Welcome to Loma Linda (Spanish for Beautiful Hill), California! Located in the middle of the Inland Empire, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, Loma Linda gives its residents a small town feel with big city comforts. With a population of over 4 million, the Inland Empire ranks as the 12th most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Loma Linda is known for its designation as a “Blue Zone”, having one of the highest life expectancies in the world due to its large Seventh Day-Adventist population and overall culture of healthy living. Farm fresh produce is always available as there are nearby farmers markets almost every day of the week; the two closest are on Tuesday from 4-8pm at Loma Linda University and on Thursday from 6-9pm in downtown Redlands.
You will never be without a new place to explore or a way to fill your days off. Check out a few of our favorites:
The neighboring city of Redlands has a unique culture consisting of arts, music and many outdoor activities. You can walk, run, or bike the Redlands Heritage Trails. Experience the Redlands Bowl with its many outdoor productions including a free concert series with musical, dance, and dramatic performances each summer.
Skiing and snowboarding are just a short trip up the rugged San Bernardino Mountains: the resorts of Snow Valley and Mountain High are each less than an hour away. There are also plenty of hiking trails, camp grounds, water activities and fishing available. If you prefer a more relaxed experience, sit back and enjoy the drive — the view of the cities below, and the scenery overlooking the majestic Big Bear Lake & Lake Arrowhead, are beautiful.
Hit the beach! The beaches of Newport, Laguna, and Malibu are only 60 to 90 minutes to the west, with superb swimming, surfing, and sailing.
Water activities like kayaking, canoeing, boating, jet-skiing, and parasailing can be done at nearby Lake Perris.
50 miles east you will find the resort city of Palm Springs–get ready to be pampered! Beautiful spas, resorts, golf courses, art galleries, and wonderful restaurants are what it’s all about.
The city of Anaheim (located in Orange County) is home to the number-one family resort destination in the western United States: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. Anaheim is also the home of two popular professional sports franchises: the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Anaheim Ducks.
Los Angeles, the “Creative Capital of the World” waits for you just an hour to the west. Visit the Walt Disney Concert Hall and listen to the world-renowned music of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, immerse yourself in the arts at the Getty Center, or catch a professional basketball game at the Staples Center (home of the Los Angeles Lakers).
While in LA, be a tourist and visit Hollywood: Check out the Chinese Theater, find your favorite celebrity’s star on the Walk of Fame, visit the Wax Museum, take a tour of celebrity homes, shop in Beverley Hills, take a walk down the Santa Monica Pier, and brave the rides and attractions at Universal Studios! After you’ve finished gazing at the Hollywood stars, you can view the real ones at the Griffith Observatory.
San Diego is home to some of California’s most beautiful beaches, hiking trails, wonderful shopping, and unique attractions. Grab a bite to eat in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter, enjoy art and shopping at Balboa Park (you can also visit some amazing museums while you are there), check out La Jolla, and release your inner child at the world famous San Diego Zoo and Sea World.