The City of Ontario, California, acts as as “The Gateway to Southern California” – and for good reason. Ontario sits on the westernmost edge of San Bernardino County and is only 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, making it a quick trip to Southern California attractions such as Disneyland, Hollywood, the Staples Center, Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
The City of Ontario is about 50 miles from the beach communities of Santa Monica, Venice and Manhattan Beach. Ontario is less than 90 minutes from world-class surfing in Malibu and the world-famous zoo in San Diego and is only a three-hour jaunt to the flashing lights and nonstop action of the Las Vegas Strip.
Ontario is close to the LA and Ontario International Airports, surrounded by major freeways and offers Amtrak and Metrolink stations and Omnitrans (public bus).
Ontario is one of the major cities in California’s Inland Empire, a region of sun-kissed valleys and rolling hills that was once home to vineyards, citrus groves and grazing pastures. Today, the Inland Empire is home to more than 4 million people and is a hub of industry and transportation. Ontario is surrounded by the cities of Rancho Cucamonga, Corona, Riverside and many others.
Although Ontario is close to all that Southern California has to offer, there’s no need to leave the City to find what you’re looking for. The City is home to Ontario Mills, California’s largest indoor outlet mall that boasts more than 200 shops and factory outlet stores by retailers such as Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, as well as a 30-screen AMC movie theater.
Ontario is also home to the Citizens Business Bank Arena, which opened in 2008. The arena is the Inland Empire’s premier event center and hosts big-name bands and musical performers, family acts and events, and professional sports games. Catch an Ontario Reign hockey game, an Ontario Fury soccer match or a Los Angeles Lakers game at the 11,000-seat arena.
Ontario also sits in the Cucamonga Valley, one of the Inland Empire’s oldest wine regions. Although many of the wineries that once dotted the valley in its winemaking heyday are now gone, the area surrounding Ontario is still home to a distinguished wine industry. Take an afternoon to tour the family owned vineyards and taste the varietals at The Galleano Winery, San Antonio Winery and Joseph Filippi Winery. Come explore the region for yourself and discover why Ontario, California is a great choice to eat, work, and play!