Murrieta is not only a beautiful city, but it is also one of the safest cities in the nation. The city is very family-oriented and affluent, with a median age of 32 and a mean family income of more than $100,000 per year. Murrieta boasts 350+ acres of beautiful parks, open space and trails for families to enjoy. The larger parks, such as Cal Oaks Sports Park and Town Square Park, host a series of family-friendly events such as the Father’s Day Car Show, Firemen’s Barbecue and the Murrieta Birthday Bash, as well as free Concerts in the Park during the warm, summer months. Families of all sizes bring blankets to sit on in the grass and picnic dinners to eat while they listen to classic rock, country or blues bands dole out their tunes.
Within miles of more than 35 wineries and the large Indian Casino, Pechanga, as well as close proximity to San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles, there is always something to do in or around Murrieta! The housing is new, large and affordable and the people are friendly and warm. Whether you’ve lived here for a month or for your life, you will always feel like you belong to the community here.
Murrieta has consistently been within the top-five safest large cities in the nation according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The people, businesses and events of Murrieta make this city the best place to live. Murrieta is the future of Southern California!
"As the host city for the Tour de Murrieta bike race every March, we are pleased and honored to be the Stage Start for the Amgen Tour of California in 2013. Murrieta is the best kept secret in California –possibly the world- and we will be delighted to welcome this prestigious bike tour and its elite professional teams and athletes from around the world
— Mayor Rick Gibbs, Murrieta
As a founding sponsor, Visit California is pleased to be a part of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California. For insider trip ideas, cruise over to visitcalifornia.com.
- Get uncorked and uplifted at the 30th annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival which starts on May 31 and features balloon rides, local wines, and live music.
- Take a swing at Oak Quarry. This golf course offers a one-of-a-kind setting; you won't find a more dramatic contrast between fairways and backdrop: it was created out of an old quarry! The stunning course provides a scenic and distinctive challenge for golfers.
- The resort regions of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear, tucked into the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles, are a Southern California Playground. Big Bear Lake has over 100 miles of trails and paved paths for biking and in the summer the gondola carries bikers and hikers to trails with panoramas of the lake and 11,499-foot San Gorgonio Mountain.
- Escape from the civilized world with a visit to the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve – a stunning collection of ecosystems laced with hiking trails.
- With major annual cycling events such as the Tour de Murrieta criterium and the 100mi/160km-long Temecula Valley Century, the Murrieta and Temecula area is a hotbed for Inland Empire bicycling.
- Low-key Lake Arrowhead is a charming and inviting retreat, with old-world estates and log homes peeking between the ponderosas and spectacular views of the valley below. Lake Arrowhead is a little slice of heaven surrounded by the rugged beauty of the nearby mountains. If you wish to experience Mother Nature, Lake Arrowhead is for you. There are countless ways to enjoy the fresh air, pristine forests, and natural wonders located in this one-of-a-kind location in Southern California. Camping, water sports, stream fishing, off road vehicle areas, mountain biking, and equestrian trails are nearby. But for all its refinement, Lake Arrowhead is also a gateway to the wild.
- Trails near town, including the Pacific Crest Trail, lead to the canyons, mountain streams, and rocky peaks of the San Bernardino National Forest.
- Many movies have been filmed in Lake Arrowhead, including Heidi, Magnificent Obsession, The American President, Space Jam and The Parent Trap.
- When it comes to outdoor recreation, Big Bear tops the charts. Ideal conditions include sunny blue skies, cool and mild weather, gorgeous green forests and a lake full to the brim.
- “Wet” your appetite for fun! Big Bear Lake's 23 miles of shoreline have it all: parasailing, paddle boarding, sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, jet skiing, kayaking and more. Jet boating on Big Bear
- Lake has been equated to the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland, but on a large body of water. Big Bear parasailing provides a breathtaking, bird's-eye-view flight over the lake. Flyers go about 600 feet out, and reach an altitude of 300 feet off the water.
- Slow down and simply cruise along miles of trails and paved paths along Big Bear Lake.
- Silverwood Lake was formed by the 249-foot Cedar Springs Dam. At 3,350 feet, it is the highest reservoir in the State Water Project. The park features hiking trails, swimming beaches and designated areas for boating, water-skiing and fishing.
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