The City of Ontario, California, acts as as “The Gateway to Southern California” – and for good reason. Ontario is located just thirty five miles east of downtown Los Angeles and is close enough to drive to everything the Los Angeles area has to offer – including the coast, mountains, desert and major cultural and tourist attractions that Southern California is famous for.
Its central location to Southern California offers ease of access to Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure and Knott’s Berry Farm. Within a thirty five mile radius from Ontario is Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Honda Center and Staples Center. Hollywood and Griffith Park are about forty minutes away, and the City of Ontario is only about fifty miles from the famous beach communities of Venice, Santa Monica, and Manhattan Beach.
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 outlet and value retail shopping destination with more than 200 shops boasting some of the biggest names in men's, women's and children's apparel, jewelry, sporting goods, footwear and more.
Ontario is also home to the Toyota 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, an Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario D-League basketball game, 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 place to live, work, play and visit!