I had the pleasure of visiting the San Jacinto Valley (SJV) a few months ago and I’ve been planning my return trip ever since. The SJV is conveniently located between Palm Springs Los Angeles and is an easy drive from several southern California airports. It’s an outdoor lovers paradise with so many adventures to take in including biking, paragliding, birding, fishing, boating, and hiking. But for those of us who prefer things a little more sedentary, SJV is rich in history with museums big and small, shopping, and fabulous food.

While I was there I visited the Victorian Bridal Museum, the only one in Southern California. I also visited the Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre, a beautiful outdoor amphitheater where they perform the longest running outdoor play, “Ramona”.  I spent hours in the Western Science Center (WSC) which is home to Max, a largely intact Mastodon fossil that was discovered in Hemet in 1995 and who is now the WSC’s centerpiece.

That’s just a few of the things to see and do in Hemet and I’ll be sharing more information where to stay soon. If you’d like more information on how to get there, check out “Visit San Jacinto Valley: How to Get There.”