Sightseeing in Big Bear City

Two-or Three-Hour Borrego Jeep Photo Adventure for Two or Four from Borrego Jeep Photo Tours (Up to 67% Off)

Borrego Jeep Photo Adventures

Anza-Borrego State Park

$220 $99

Explore the desert from within a climate-controlled Jeep Rubicon with photo-taking guidance from a professional photographer

Hot Air Balloon Ride for One or Two with Breakfast and Champagne from Adventure Balloon Rides (Up to 51% Off)

Adventure Balloon Rides

Perris

$260 $129

Help set up and launch the balloon for a 30- to 45-minute flight before touching down for breakfast at Bomb Shelter Cafe

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride for 1 or 2 from California Balloon Rides (Up to 59% Off). 4 Options Available.

California Balloon Rides

Perris

$260 $109

Become the envy of the earthbound masses on a sunrise flight that affords panoramic views of the ocean and desert

General or Guided Tour at Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary (Up to 38% Off). Five Options Available.

Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary

Phelan

$16 $10

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See exotic reptiles, birds, and big cats that were rescued while learning the importance of preserving these species for future generations

$129 for a San Andreas Fault Jeep Eco-Tour for Two from Desert Adventures ($270 Value)

Desert Adventures - Eco Tours and Events

Palm Desert

$270 $129

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Pile into one of Desert Adventures' signature red jeeps before heading into the San Andreas fault to learn about the area and its history

Nine Ride Tickets, Two Zoo Passes, and Zoo Food, or Birthday Party for 10 at The Pumpkin Factory (Up to 47% Off)

The Pumpkin Factory

Corona

$45 $25

Hay-covered pumpkin patch inside a park filled with rides, a petting zoo, and family-friendly attractions

Entry for Two or Four to Field Of Screams: The Haunted Stadium (Up to 42% Off). Four Options Available.

Field Of Screams: The Haunted Stadium

Lake Elsinore

$30 $19

Enter into a haunted stadium filled with goblins, ghouls, and crazed killers to get your heart pumping and hair standing on end

Admission for Two or Four to Planes of Fame Air Museum (Up to Half Off)

Planes of Fame

Chino

$22 $11

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More than 150 aircraft and displays—including an N9MB Flying Wing—fill the aviation museum

VIP Admission for Two or Four or a One-Year Individual or Family Membership at Yanks Air Museum (Up to 41% Off)

Yanks Air Museum

Chino

$32 $19

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More than 200, mostly American-made aircraft take museum visitors on trips through different eras of flight

Single or Family Membership at Coachella Valley History Museum (50% Off)

Coachella Valley History Museum

Indio

$50 $25

Sprawling museum that includes four outdoor gardens and three historic buildings traces the history and heritage of Coachella Valley

Admission for Two or Four to the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) (Up to 46% Off). Two Options Available.

American Museum of Ceramic Art

Pomona

$14 $8

Visit the largest ceramics-only museum in the U.S., observing rotating exhibits and the studio where the community makes art as well

Four-Hour Temecula Valley Wine Tour for One or Two from Uncorked Tours (66% Off)

Uncorked Tours

Temecula Wine Country

$229 $79

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Four-hour tour of 3 wineries aboard a limo coach includes 5-6 tastings, 50 digital photos, and complimentary champagne and appetizers.

Four-Hour Group Wine Tour for One or Two from VIP Temecula (60% Off)

VIP Temecula

Temecula

$199 $79

Private Wine Tasting for Two with Take-Home Bottle at Bel Vino Winery (Up to 55% Off)

Bel Vino Winery

Murrieta

$77.85 $35

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Private tastings highlight award-winning and rare wines; guests are treated to domestic and imported cheeses or chef-prepared tapas

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Masia de Yabar Vineyard and Winery (Up to 52% Off)

Masia de Yabar Vineyard and Winery

Temecula

$24 $12

Guests taste five wines in an earth-toned tasting room with a stone fireplace and wine-barrel tables

Sunrise or Sunset Hot Air Balloon Tour for Two or Four from Panorama Balloon Tours (Up to 56% Off)

Panorama Balloon Tours

Multiple Locations

$460 $230

Sprawling estates and vineyards appear beneath balloons as the sun slowly settles into the Pacific or rises from its depths

Wine Tour with Tastings for Six from A Vineyard Tour of Temecula (Half Off)

A Vineyard Tour of Temecula

Old Town Temecula

$1,159 $579

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Up to four wine tastings include chocolate and gourmet cheese on a five-hour wine tour in a limo van with surround-sound and satellite radio

$219 for a Sunrise Balloon Flight for Two or Four-Hour Winery Tour for Two at Uncorked Tours ($438 Value)

Uncorked Tours

Temecula

$438 $219

Drink a champagne toast on a 45- to 60-minute flight with receptions before and after, or tour three wineries in a limo coach with snacks

$37 for a Signature Winery Tour and Wine Tasting at Leoness Cellars in Temecula ($75 Value)

Leoness Cellars

Temecula

$75 $37

On a two-hour tour, guests learn the processes of traditional winemaking while sampling its fruits

Chauffeured Wine Tour for One, Two, or Four with Tastings from DeVine Tours (Up to 47% Off)

DeVine Tours

Temecula

$140 $79

All options include a chauffeur and tastings

Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two on a Weekday or Weekend from Sunrise Balloons (50% Off)

Sunrise Balloons

Temecula

$471 $235

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Sightseers float over wine country before enjoying decadent chocolates and a glass of crisp champagne

Winery Tour, Tastings, and Class for One, Two, or Four at Europa Village (Up to 75% Off)

Europa Village

Murrieta

$108 $29

More than 30 acres of vineyard nourish French, Spanish, and Italian grapes; a vineyard tour guide leads each guest through 12 tastings

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Credit Toward Wine at Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery (Up to 53% Off)

Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery

Murrieta

$40 $19

Tasting of five premium wines is enhanced by panoramic views of Temecula Valley at a rustic, Western-influenced winery

Wine Country Safari for One or Two from Legendary Tours of Temecula (Up to 42% Off)

Legendary Tours of Temecula

Frangipani Estate Winery

$119 $69

A prototype jeep-style Hummer limo transports visitors to two area wineries to sample 10-12 wines and enjoy a picnic lunch

Horse-Drawn Trolley Winery Shuttle for One, Two, or Four from Temecula Carriage Company (Up to 62% Off)

The Temecula Carriage Company

Temecula

$75 $30

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Vintage horse-drawn trolleys roll down wine-country roads, pausing for tours at four wineries and vineyards

90-Minute Zoo Tour for 2, 5, or 10 at Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation (Up to 55% Off)

Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation

Silverado

$60 $29

A zookeeper leads groups past each exhibit and shares facts about tigers, zebras, and other animals, some of which are hand-fed by staff

$32 for a Culinary Walking Tour from Old Towne Orange Walking Food Tours (Up to $59 Value)

Old Towne Orange Walking Food Tours

Multiple Locations

$59 $32

Foodies tour through unique eateries and farmers' market as guests sample ethnic, artisan, and specialty foods

$10 for a Visit for Up to Four to Marconi Automotive Museum & Special Events Venue (Up to $20 Value)

Marconi Automotive Museum & Special Events Venue

Tustin

$20 $10

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Rare Ferraris and classic American muscle cars share space with Jaguars, high-performance motorcycles, and historic Formula cars

$34 for Fun Pass with Rides, Petting Zoo & Pumpkin Credit at Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Farm (Up to $65 Value)

Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Farm

Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Farm (parking area at Laguna Hills Mall)

$65 $34

Thousands of pumpkins highlight a large harvest festival, which also includes kids' rides, a petting zoo, game booths, and other activities

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Enjoy The Mountain wants others to explore the beautiful terrain surrounding Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake?and provides the equipment to help them do so. The company organizes Jeep, mountain-bike, ATV, and Quad rentals and tours, and always includes extras such as transportation to and from desired trails, fuel, and comprehensive safety training. Every rental also comes with a map of the area and suggested routes to ensure guests get the most out of their adventure.

Dymmy
Lake Arrowhead,
CA
US

Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.

9990 Alabama St
Redlands,
CA
US

In 1913, Cabot Yerxa re-discovered Desert Hot Springs' eponymous springs while digging for water on his 160 acres of homesteaded land. In 1941, the pioneer decided to build a Hopi-inspired pueblo on this land using materials he reclaimed or found in the desert. The result is now known as Cabot's Pueblo Museum, and it encompasses 5,000 square feet.

The building, which rises four stories above the desert and utilizes the Venturi Effect for air conditioning, is constructed out of adobe-style sun-dried brick that Cabot made himself in his courtyard. Cabot also used materials from cabins abandoned in the 1930s. Visitors can wander through his pueblo's 35 rooms, peer out of the 150 windows, and stage elaborate Scooby-Doo chases through the 65 doors.

67616 Desert View Ave
Desert Hot Springs,
CA
US

There are no ropes at the Palm Springs Air Museum?all the better to get close to one of the world's largest collections of operational World War II-era aircraft.

  • Size: three air-conditioned hangars totaling 65,000 square feet, where a display of 28 vintage planes, ranging from the WWII-era Grumman F6F Hellcat to the more modern F-4 Phantom, as well as occasional visiting displays outside tarmac with more vintage aircraft
  • From the Press: CNN Travel named this one of the World's 14 Best Aviation Museums.
  • Permanent Mainstay: Vintage Warbirds, a documentary theater, and a library with 8,700 volumes
  • Don't Miss: Conversing with the museum docents?many of them served in World War II and other conflicts.
  • Hidden Gem: Artist Chris Demarest, who paints soldiers and citizens from the WWII era, can often be found at work in the European hangar.
  • Hands-On Activity: the flight simulator and interactive kids area
  • Special Programs: flight exhibitions and Saturday programs
  • Pro Tip: Go ahead and bring your dog?the museum welcomes friendly pets.
745 N Gene Autry Trl.
Palm Springs,
CA
US

Castelli Art Framing

Castelli Art Framing's master craftsmen continue a more than 25-year tradition of conserving and displaying prized artwork of all shapes and sizes. Small photographs, large portraits, and record-breaking speeding tickets all earn wall-worthiness while donning custom frames assembled out of thousands of moldings and a variety of matting and mounting styles. Castelli's museum-quality conservation frames ensure delicate or valuable pieces can emerge from their protective casings undamaged. The multitalented staffers can also build unique frames for 3-D objects such as medals, sports jerseys, and a baby's first pair of shoes. Gilding and leafing services performed by artisans with more than 20 years of experience embellish plain wooden surfaces with thin sheets of gold or silver shinier than a freshly polished glass eye.

1570 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs,
CA
US

More than one million fossils and artifacts were unearthed during the construction the Diamond Valley Lake reservoir in Hemet. These time-swept relics make their home in the Western Science Center's museum complex, creating a bridge between ancient eras and the scientific advances of the future. The campus itself is steeped in advanced design tactics, making it the first museum in California to earn a Platinum LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. A rooftop covered with 3,000 solar panels provides more than half of the museum's power needs, and a combination of heat-resistant windows and forced-air circulation keeps the interior cool while spending less energy on air conditioning and ice sculpture maintenance.

A journey through the ages begins from the moment visitors step from the parking lot and under the Life on Earth Timelime, a 156-foot corridor of geologic time rings from Pre-Cambrian to Holocene that leads to the museum lobby. Inside, they explore permanent and temporary exhibits, including "Max," the largest mastodon skeleton found in the Western United States and the Discovery lab highlighting the tool contemporary architects use every day. Crowds can take a seat in the immersion theater with a 270-degree screen to watch a pair of short films about the time when giant creatures roamed California and how the region was excavated and preserved.

2345 Searl Pkwy
Hemet,
CA
US