52 Reasons to Visit the San Jacinto Valley

Golf at the San Jacinto ValleyThe San Jacinto Valley has a wealth of things to see and do ~ so much so that we put together a list of 52 Reasons to Visit the San Jacinto Valley.  Feel free to send us your favorites to add to the list!

  1. The San Jacinto Valley is a tourism destination in Southern California.
  2. Perfect for family exploration, so much California history is found here.
  3. Extensive outdoor recreation possibilities, from easy to extreme, from mountain to desert terrain.
  4. Excellent location for Snowbirds in the heart of Southern California.
  5. Six, count them, six lakes in the area.
  6. A variety of seasonal and multicultural events.
  7. Mastodons were our first visitors, you can see them at the acclaimed Western Science Center.Western Science Center San Jacinto Valley
  8. Home to “California’s Official Outdoor Play” – The Ramona Pageant.
  9. We celebrate the Native American influence of our Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians which dates back 1,000 years.
  10. The natural beauty in the San Jacinto Valley takes your breath away.
  11. Idyllwild is our mountain neighbor, just a scenic drive away.
  12. San Jacinto Valley weather features over 340 days of sunshine, it never gets too hot or too cold.
  13. Enjoy the fall Harvest Festival in Hemet.
  14. Estudillo Mansion is all that remains of a 35,000 acre Mexican land grant given to Jose Antonio Estudillo in 1842.
  15. Diamond Valley Lake Visitor Center hosts hands-on exhibits regarding the building of the lake along with a small sample of ice age fossils and more.
  16. Estudillo Heritage Park Water Conservation Education Garden educates visitors about the beauty and water saving benefits of planting drought tolerant and native California plants.
  17. Play with exhibits and learn about the world at Fingerprints Youth Museum for children.
  18. Hemet Museum presents a panorama of local history in the freight house of Hemet’s Historic Santa Fe Depot.Ramona Bowl Museum in the San Jacinto Valley
  19. Since 1923 “Ramona” has delighted audiences of all ages. The Ramona Bowl Museum celebrates the history of California’s “Official Outdoor Play.”
  20. San Jacinto Valley Museum is located on the grounds of the Estudillo Mansion and filled with Southern California history and artifacts relating to the San Jacinto Valley.
  21. Enjoy a permanent collection of antique bridal gowns and accessories from the Victorian era at the Victorian Bridal Museum.
  22. Wonderful antiquing is found throughout the Valley.
  23. Visit Hemet’s Historical Maze Stone, a prehistoric petroglyph.
  24. Stop by the Soviet Transpolar Record Flight Site where in 1937 three Russian aviators completed a transpolar flight from Moscow establishing a new world’s nonstop distance record.
  25. The Soboba Casino features 2,000 slot machines and more than 20 Table Games.
  26. Valley Wide Recreation & Parks District maintains 60 miles of streetscapes, 76 parks, 9 community centers, and two aquatic centers in the San Jacinto Valley.
  27. Valley-Wide Recreation’s Aquatic Center is a heated 25-yard outdoor pool with zero depth entry, fountain sprayers and activity toys for small children, yet great for all ages.
  28. Culture thrives in the San Jacinto Valley thanks to the Diamond Valley Arts Council and their programs.
  29. Explore Simpson Park, a 483-acre wilderness park located in the Santa Rosa Hills south of the Valley and features hiking and biking trails along with a spectacular view of the entire San Jacinto Valley.
  30. Hiking in the San Jacinto and adjacent San Jacinto mountains offers beautiful wildflowers, towering pines, distant views, spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
  31. Come bike, hike, ride your horse, or simply stroll the Diamond Valley Lake Trails.
  32. Including Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Garner Valley and San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains you’ll find plenty to do in the San Jacinto – Santa Rosa Mountains Recreation Area.
  33. You’ll find 20+ wonderful hikes in the San Jacinto Ranger District in the San Bernardino National Forest.Hiking in the San Jacinto Valley Mountains
  34. The summit of Mount San Jacinto, in Mount San Jacinto State Park, stands 10,834 feet above sea level, and is the second highest mountain range in Southern California.
  35. If you love paragliding, Soboba Soaring offers one of the most consistent sites in Southern California and can be flown year-round.
  36. For golf enthusiasts, the San Jacinto Valley offers public courses that feature both 9 and 18 holes and are suitable for beginners and those who enjoy championship play.
  37. Camping, in this day and age, can be in a tent or a luxury RV. From wilderness to civilization ~ your experience can be whatever you want it to be!
  38. For fishing, boating, hiking, wildflowers and more – Diamond Valley Lake has it all.
  39. Lake Hemet is surrounded by the majestic beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains. The scenery is breathtaking no matter which direction your gaze travels.
  40. Little Lake & Reflection Lake are two more wonderful lakes in the San Jacinto Valley.
  41. Love Off Roading? The San Bernardino National Forest has had a system of designated Off-Highway Vehicle routes in place for more than 30 years.
  42. Road Cycling & Mountain Biking is extremely popular and trails are found throughout the Valley.San Jacinto Valley Mountain Biking
  43. Whether you are an experienced trail runner or a ‘couch to 5k’ in training, the San Jacinto Valley offers a multitude of running
  44. Hurkey Creek is a popular destination for camping, hiking and mountain biking enthusiasts
  45. Experience Golden Village Palms, California’s largest luxury RV Resort.
  46. San Jacinto Valley is home to a wide variety of RV Parks.
  47. 1,000’s of bats that migrate each summer – watch via Fairview Street bridge.
  48. The San Jacinto Agricultural Festival happens each September and celebrates the agricultural influences in the Valley.
  49. Birding Tours are hosted by the Eastern Municipal Water district fall through spring.
  50. The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians hosts their Annual Soboba Inter-Tribal Pow Wow each September drawing thousands of visitors.
  51. Two outstanding Farmers’ Markets are found in the Valley year-round with an abundance of locally grown items.
  52. With strong Native American, Hispanic and Agricultural influences come unleash your spirit in the San Jacinto Valley.

What does Tourism mean to San Jacinto Valley?

Harvest Festival - Hemet

National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), now in its 31st year, is the annual salute to travel in America and is celebrated during the first full week of May.  This is the perfect time to explore what exactly tourism means to San Jacinto Valley.

First, on a national level:

  • Travel generates $2.1 trillion for the U.S. economy.
  • Travel supports 14.9 million American jobs – one in every 9 jobs depends on travel.
  • Travel is a top 10 employer in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
  •  Travel contributes more than $134 billion to the federal, state and local tax base. Each American household would pay $1,093 more in taxes without travel revenues.
  • Travel provides a “Day Off Dividend”: If workers used all of their available paid time off, the U.S. economy would gain $160 billion in additional annual business sales, which would support 1.2 million new jobs and generate $21 billion in new annual tax revenues.
  • Travel is America’s No. 1 services export.

Impacts of travel in California – A summary from Dean Runyan Associates

  • Total direct travel spending in California was $109.6 billion in 2013(preliminary).  During the past year, travel spending increased by 3.2 percent in current dollars
  • Total travel-generated employment increased by 4.4 percent during the past year. Employment growth has accelerated in each of the past four years. The level of travel-generated employment (965,800) now exceeds the pre-recession period.
  • California travel industry GDP of $51.6 billion in 2013 represents approximately 2.5 percent of total California GDP.

Inland Empire Regional Stats – Dean Runyan Associates

  • Transient Occupancy Tax generated $37.2 million in 2013, up 7.7% over 2012.
  • Taxable room sales were up 6.8% in 2013 generating $366 million region-wide.
  • Direct tourism employment in the Inland Empire was up 5.1% in 2013 equating to 61,700 jobs region-wide.

And what exactly that translates to in the San Jacinto Valley – Dean Runyan Associates

  • $6.6 million generated in valley room sales (lodging) in 2013.
  • Transient occupancy tax generated approx. $640,000.00 for the valley.
  • Taxable room sales were up approx. 9.5% in 2013 throughout the valley.

If you are interested in this data, you can see more here.

The Visit San Jacinto Valley tourism program was launched just 10 months ago and has aggressively been working to showcase all that the valley has to offer tourists.  Bringing tourism to the valley substantially impacts jobs and promotes economic growth.   Tourists look for unique experiences and that is exactly what they find in the San Jacinto Valley.  The Visit San Jacinto Valley tourism program will continue to work hard at highlighting all the wonderful things that can be found in our special area.

For more information:
San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce (951) 654-1645
Hemet/San Jacinto (951) 658-3211
Email: info@visitsanjacintovalley.com