Located in the south of San Bernardino County, California the city of Ontario lies just east of downtown Los Angeles. Considered as the gateway to the south of the state, the city is well located providing easy access to the city of LA, Palm Springs and Disneyland. Outdoorsy types will enjoy the great access to Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead as well as the other nearby mountain resorts. While Ontario works well as a base for exploring southern California, the city itself is home numerous hidden treasures of its own. The city is great for shopping, whether you love hitting the high street stores or browsing antiques and local treasures. There are also a number of cultural highlights as well as a variety of excellent restaurants and bars with a cosy and relaxed atmosphere.
A nippy hatchback is the best option for driving in Ontario’s urban centre. A hatchback is also really fuel efficient, which is ideal if you fancy exploring the rest of southern California.
Driving in Ontario
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Important things to note
Follow local parking regulations to avoid getting clamped or towed. The parking regulations are the same throughout California and follow a curb colour scheme: Red denotes that parking and stopping is strictly prohibited; yellow and green are for parking for a short space of time; white for pick-ups and drop offs and blue for disabled parking. Where the curb is unpainted, parking is metered but unrestricted.
Be alert at all times when driving as local drivers are known to drive aggressively and lane discipline is poor.
Highlights & Hotspots
Shopaholics should head straight to Ontario Mills, an excellent shopping mall home to an array of high street and indie stores as well as numerous cafes and restaurants. The mall has over 200 stores as well as a cinema and comedy club.
Explore an important part of the city’s heritage at the fantastic Graber Olive House. Tours are available around the olive house, where you can learn all about this important part of the city’s history. There’s also a fantastic shop selling a wide selection of gourmet foods.
Indulge in an afternoon of culture at Ontario’s Museum of History and Art. The museum has numerous exhibits, most notably the popular ‘roads’ exhibition featuring Route 66, whilst other exhibits explore the city’s rich cultural heritage. This family-friendly museum is not to be missed!
For a great day out with the family head to Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park which is home to plush outdoor spaces and two lakes as well as a water park and picnic areas. Over the summer months the park hosts an annual jazz festival as well as numerous concerts and outdoor performances.
Ontario International Airport is located approximately two miles east of downtown Ontario and 38 miles from downtown LA.
With three terminals, the airport is the 15th busiest airport in USA and third most major in the area after LAX and John Wayne Airport. Ontario International Airport is accessible via the I-10 from downtown Los Angeles, roughly 40 minutes away, as well as via the E. Holt Blvd from downtown.