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Inland California

Total Mileage/Average drive time
92 miles, 1 hour, 43 minutes

Unleash your wild side in California's inland mountains and deserts. From wine in Temecula to world-class golf in Palm Springs, California's desert delights may seem too good to be true. But these aren't mirages. They're real and waiting for you.

1. Hemet - Starting Point
If golf is your passion, Hemet has links designed for you, with eight available courses that challenges your skills and take your game to a whole new level. Courses have 9 or 18 holes, ranging from easy to championship-style golf, all set among breathtaking scenery. After a game, enjoy the area's great eateries and excellent shopping. Hemet's got something for everyone.

Recommended Stopover:
Golden Village Palms RV
Resort – Sunland
Hemet, (866) 225-6320

2. Palm Desert - 44 miles, 50 minutes
Palm Desert and the surrounding area have it all: championship golf courses, world-class shopping and exquisite restaurants. Set aside some days to enjoy some of the country's most appealing courses, featuring charming greens, rolling hills, appealing water hazards with sparse desert views and magnificent mountains in the background. Plan a shopping day trip to neaby Palm Springs, with a visit to historic Palm Canyon Drive with 525 shops to choose from before it's off to the famous El Paso upscale shops and boutiques, the shopping equivalent of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. This rugged region will keep you coming back for more golf, food and sightseeing.

Recommended Stopovers:
Emerald Desert RV Resort – Sunland
Palm Desert, (866) 226-9001

Sands RV & Golf Resort
Desert Hot Springs, (760) 251-1030

3. Salton Sea - 48 miles, 53 minutes
Hop on CA-86 south for a stop at one of the most mysterious places in California, the Salton Sea, an inland saline lake located in the arid Sonoran Desert. During the 1950s and 1960s, resorts for the rich and famous were built along the sea's rim, but fish and birds died due to the saline and chemicals in the water, and occupants of the 15,000-house community, tired of the humid living conditions, began to leave. Today, ghost towns surround the sea, along with an abandoned military base and beaches covered with fish bones. The North Shore is now home to the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, one of California's best bird watching regions.