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The city of Murrieta lies 80 miles to the southeast of Los Angeles and 38 miles south of Riverside in what is commonly referred to as the Inland Empire Region of California. This fast-growing area serves as a bedroom community for America’s second largest metropolis and is beginning to draw tourists with its own attractions. Renting an RV in Murrieta, CA is the perfect way to explore this region, where public transportation between urban areas can be difficult to navigate and very time-consuming. Additionally, hotel prices in such a popular tourist area can be quite high, so it’s advantageous to have your own accommodations on wheels.
Murrieta is just seven miles north of the more well-known city of Temecula, which has a number of popular tourist attractions. A visit to Murrieta will usually involve a few trips there, but sometimes it’s just more pleasant to stay in a quieter area when traveling with an RV rental. Buses operating by the Riverside Transit Authority can take you between the two cities for a nominal fee.
Most of the RV parks near Murrieta are located twelve miles to the northwest of the city, around Lake Elsinore. Lake Elsinore Marina and RV Resort, Pepper Tree RV Park, Lake Park RV Resort and Lodge, Roadrunner RV Park, and Crane Lakeside Park are all good choices. There’s a Walmart on the eastern side of the lake and a Costco just a mile north of it, near the I-15 onramp. If you prefer the forests, Ortega Oaks RV Park and Campground is nine miles to the west in the Santa Ana Mountains.
The nearby town of Hemet also has a few options if you get an RV rental in Murrieta: Casa Del Sol RV Resort, Golden Village Palms RV Resort, and Mountain Lyon RV Resort. A Walmart Supercenter, several chain restaurants, the Hemet Valley Mall, and a large fuel station are within a couple miles of the RV parks. Hemet is 23 miles from Murrieta though, and public transportation between the two towns can be inconvenient, involving a transfer of buses and taking over an hour and fifteen minutes. Expect to drive your RV or tow vehicle if you choose to stay near Hemet.
Murrieta is a great place to travel with kids, having plenty of age-appropriate attractions and places for them to burn off some of the energy that inevitably comes with a road trip. The whole family can enjoy a fun center with batting cages, mini-golf, and go-karts.
Another great spot for the kids is Pennypickle’s Workshop, a children’s museum in Temecula. Kids can do some hands-on exploration here while learning about scientific concepts. They get a lot of kids visiting on field trips, so check their website to make sure you’re visiting on a quieter day. You can also take a fascinating journey through nearby Temecula’s history in the Old Town area where replicas of the city’s jail, cafes, a general store, post office, and a modern ice cream shop keep everyone happy on a hot summer day.
Some of the best BBQ in the area can be found in Murrieta, where you can savor mouth-watering brisket, sweet potato pies, and all the fixings your heart desires. For an after-dinner drink, stop in at a craft brewery for a delicious IPA or porter. If you’re more of a wine fan and interested in venturing a few miles south of Murrieta, there are several vineyards in Temecula with tastings available.
Murrieta is a fairly small town, but it is located at the base of the Santa Ana mountains, so there’s never a shortage of great places to spend a few hours outside. The Cole Canyon Complex, just a mile west of the city center, offers hours of hiking opportunities with Wiashal Trail making its way up to an overlook on the Santa Rosa Plateau. The Vernal Pool Trail offers a quick five mile round trip hike through the hills southwest of town. If you want to stick to trails in town, Mountain Pride Park is Murrieta’s largest green space and has a jogging path, a couple of baseball fields, and disc golf course.
If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, Joshua Tree National Park is also only an hour and forty-five minutes from Murrieta. The desert wilderness area is host to otherworldly landscapes, some of the best opportunities for stargazing in California, and dozens of excellent hiking trails.