By Bianca Anjuli
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Ontario California, "the gateway to Southern California," is tucked away just east of Los Angeles and lies in the south west part of the greater area of San Bernardino County. It is a town involved in the beginning of the established history of the area.  Not known to the average traveler as it has a tendency to fall in the shadows of Hollywood, Los Angeles and of course its native San Bernardino, Ontario is actually worth the drive out for the day and even more than that. Founded in 1891, it is originally part  of the model development area started in 1882 by the Chaffey brothers who named it for their native Ontario, Canada. Initially a land inhabited by the Tongva Indians who used the lands for hunting and foraging, the area had establishments of native indians scattered throughout the valley region. Today it has flourished in to a town proud of its roots and all that it represents. When headed out to the west coast, encourages travelers to look beyond the hype of Hollywood, as clearly there is so much more to see and do.

When heading to the city of Ontario and the county of San Bernardino, can help with direct options to facilitate travel for any visitor to the area and surrounding region. So when you are finally prepared to explore, there are a plethora of ways to get there. Ontario, also fondly remembered as "Iowa under palm trees", has its own international airport. LA/Ontario International Airport, owned by the City of Los Angeles, also serves as the main hub for mass freight from both the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to the rest of the country. If adjoining destinations, clearly flying in to Los Angeles' LAX International Airport is an option where renting a car or even catching a bus are good ideas. Ontario also has a metro link system that connects the city with the greater Los Angeles area and the San Fernando Valley. When planning travel to southern California, and more specifically Ontario and San Bernardino County, can help you plan your adventure with flights and hotels. Click on the following link to get started with flights (, and this link for hotels (

Once in San Bernardino County, aside from Ontario, visitors will have a chance to investigate the surrounding areas. With Rancho Cucamonga in the near vicinity, and the once Indian inhabited San Bernardino mountains near by as well, Ontario and the rest of that historic region has plenty to see and do.  A touch down point for those settlers originally headed out west for what is historically known as the Gold rush, today Ontario is known for its more recent past and present of the Ontario Motor Raceway and "Christmas on Euclid", an annual Craft extravaganza that originally began as a support to the three-dimensional nativity Scenes, that Ontario has been displaying throughout every Christmas season since 1959. The nativity scene, by known artist Rudolpho Vargas, in 1998, did cause some negative publicity for the annual event, but since then even the Rotary Club shows its support by hosting a classic Car Show with proceeds going each year to the local library. Ontario is also known for it's Independence Day All-States Picnic, a town celebration that started in 1939 and continues today.

Ontario boasts its own Museum of History and Art. With terrain and climate that encourages citrus and other orchard farming, it is not hard to believe that Ontario and surrounding areas has a couple area known wineries to try. Not to mention it is the home to the world famous Graber Olive produced since 1894. With a year-round median of 61 degrees, and beautiful vistas, playing a little golf here is an enjoyable past time. If that is not your idea of enjoyment try one of the local spas for that much needed rest and relax. Another area must see is the Auto Club Speedway, which speaks to a side of American pass time not accessible in just any city in the country. It is can also be the focus for an entire vacation as it hosts camping and RV facilities and has activities and excitement for the entire family year-round. The Ontario Convention center as well is its own attraction as it serves as Hollywood's biggest back lot with the likes of "Mission Impossible III" and "Terminator" being made there.

When it is time to head back to the west of the United States and you are looking for something different and removed from traffic-laden L.A. and the sand and surf of San Diego, suggests you check out Ontario. California really has a plethora of things for the whole family, but starting out in Ontario for a southern California expedition, might just be your ticket. can help you plan your trip to Ontario, California southern or otherwise, not to mention assist you with travel plans to many other destinations world wide. Click the above link to get started with today!
Hotels in Ontario
By Andrew Hemmelgarn
Aloft Ontario-Rancho Cucamonga
10480 Fourth Street, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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Your stay at the Aloft Hotel in Rancho Cucamonga, which is just outside of Ontario, begins with check-in at 3 p.m.  There in the lobby you’ll see the many features that Aloft offers.  You’ll be able to check out the scene at Aloft’s w xyz bar, which is always abuzz with excitement.  Then step into the re:mix open lounge to relax for a moment, and for the travelling family you can check out the activities offered at Camp Aloft for your 12 and unders.  And don’t worry if your pet made the trip with you, you can also check out the arf program to secure a dog bed, bowl, treats, and toys for your four-legged family members.

Head on up to your room where you’ll have a choice between one king bed or two queen beds.  Take notice of the extra-large windows and nine-foot ceilings, designed to provide a more open and well-lit experience.  Also take advantage of the complimentary wireless and wired Internet access as well as the mini-fridge. 

Once you’ve settled in, head back downstairs to enjoy re:charge, the 24/7 gym.  While you sweat, let the kids take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool to enjoy the great San Bernardino County sunshine.  If you prefer to hang out in the room, the ultra-modern room design includes a full entertainment center to charge all your electronics and connect them directly to the 42 wall-mounted flat screen TV. 

Aloft’s location makes traveling out to the Rancho Cucamonga area a cinch.  Be sure to first stop at the re:mix lounge for quick Internet access to plan your day.  Then, head on out for shopping at Ontario Mills or the Victoria Gardens.  For the adventurers, travel to the San Gabriel Mountains for some hiking.  There are also attractions for any activity from the Empire Lakes Golf Course to the Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant.

Your stay will conclude with check-out at 12 p.m. on your departure date.  Leave the Aloft Hotel feeling refreshed, recharged, and re-energized thanks to the numerous amenities designed to cater to your every desire.  Start your trip today with by clicking here (
Hotels in Ontario
Sheraton Ontario Airport Hotel
429 North Vineyard Avenue, Ontario, CA
Photo gallery would like to recommend the Sheraton® Ontario Airport Hotel as a great option for your next vacation. The hotel is located on North Vineyard Avenue literally blocks from the Ontario International Airport. Guests who have a car can park at the hotel free of charge. Check-in at the hotel starts at 3 p.m. on the day of your reservation. If guests arrive early, the hotel offers complimentary luggage check so you don’t have to wait around for the room to be ready.

Guests of the hotel can select from either a standard room or suite depending on their needs. All rooms have a color television with cable and pay per view movie options. The Sheraton® offers high speed wireless internet for a minimal nightly fee. Other features include a hairdryer, iron and ironing board, and alarm clock.

The hotel has numerous amenities for its patrons to use while in Ontario. There is a heated lap pool for guests to exercise in. There is a fitness center available 24 hours a day so guests can maintain their workout regime no matter what their schedule.

The Sheraton® Ontario Airport Hotel is just the hotel for you. Vacationers can wake up each morning on their own or by a scheduled wakeup call. Check-out from the hotel is at 12 p.m. or before on the day of departure. The hotel also offers video check-out so that guests do not have to stand in a line. You simply utilize your television and with the press of a few buttons, you are checked out and just leave the keys in your room on the way out. can help search for great pricing by clicking here (