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Are you looking for an extraordinary Day Trip? Do you have a hankering for experiences off the beaten path? Then check out these unique tours in the Inland Empire.

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Temecula Valley Cable Car Wine Tour
Pick-up locations throughout Temecula
(951) 302-5981

Nestled in Temecula wine country, taking a wine tour in an authentic and historic 1914 San Francisco motorized cable car will give a new spin on the regular wine tours you might have been on. The open air motorized cable car lends unobstructed views of the beautiful Temecula wine country landscape and adds a fun twist to the day. On the tour, you will visit 4 different wineries, tasting premium wines along the way. A picnic lunch is also provided at one of the wineries with awe-inspiring views to look at while you eat. There are over 15 pickup and drop off locations to make your wine tasting experience a safe one. Reservations are required.

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Mission Inn Museum Tour
3696 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 788-9556

From its humble beginnings as a small adobe house in 1876 to its current position as an architectural masterpiece, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa stands as a building with timeless beauty and old world charm. As such, the Mission Inn is not just a hotel, it’s also a living museum where they offer daily tours to acquaint visitors with its storied history. On the 75 minute tour, friendly docents and tour guides share the rich history of the Inn, including how it was built, the community surrounding the Inn in Riverside, industries in the area and the local population. It’s a great view into one of the areas most treasured buildings.

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Frontier Project
10435 Ashford Street
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 944-6048

Dedicated to educating the community in sustainable living practices, The Frontier Project offers the latest in technologies that pursue green living and conservation. Within a 14,000 square foot building, visitors are led to water-efficient gardens and a rainwater capture system, which hopes to advocate to the community about the benefits of useful green living. The Frontier Project is open to the public for self guided tours Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm.

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John’s Incredible Pizza
6187 Valley Springs Parkway
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 656-5555

With 11 different locations, 3 of which are in the Inland Empire, John’s Incredible Pizza is a family-fun-pizza-and-games destination offering behind-the-scenes group tours especially for children. Shown how pizza mis made from start to finish, children then get to make their own pizza for just $7.99 per person which includes an individual sized pizza, buffet and drinks, 20 Fun World credits, 1 bumper car ticket and an official “pizza maker” certificate.

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Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts
5131 Carnelian Street
Alta Loma, CA 91701
(909) 980-0412

Offered at the late Sam Maloof arts and crafts home in Alta Loma, visitors are invited to go along for a docent-guided tour. Called “America’s most renowned contemporary furniture craftsman” by the Smithsonian Institution, Sam Maloof was a renowned furniture designer and woodworker. Tours cost $10 per person; $8 per senior; $5 per student and are offered on on Thursdays at 12, 1 and 2pm, and Saturdays at 12, 1 and 2pm. Reservations are required and suggested.

Desiree Eaglin is a funny mom of 4 that explores all that Southern California has to offer. You can read about her funny life on her site The Funny Mom Blog and follow her funny tweets on Twitter Twitter.

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