Perris is a diverse town rich with culture in Riverside County. It also is soaked in history -- for example, its founder was Fred T. Perris, chief engineer of the California Southern Railroad -- and natural awesomeness.
The thrill of speed has a special place in Perris, too. From the Perris Auto Speedway to the thrill of skydiving -- indoors and out. When it's time to unwind and slow down, the Lake Perris State Recreation Area and the Orange Empire Railway Museum are nearby.
Perris is southeast of Los Angeles, so wise travelers will plan around traffic. But fear not – the controlled chaos of the 5 freeway will be water under the bridge once you reach your destination. Head over to I-80 E and use the right two lanes to merge onto I-580 E toward CA-24/Hayward/Stockton. Continue south toward I-5 S/Fresno/Los Angeles until it turns into I-5 S.
Follow the signs to stay on I-5 S until you hit Exit 161A for I-210 toward Pasadena. Cruise down I-210 to San Dimas, where you'll tilt south on CA-71 toward Chino. There you'll turn east on CA-60 until you run into I-215. That's your ticket the rest of the way into Perris.
Red Lion Inn & Suites features an outdoor pool and fitness center, free Wi-Fi and hot breakfast is served daily on the house. Each room sets you up with the basics, like a fridge and microwave, plus a dining area if it's a casual night in with a movie.
Best Western Plus Inn & Suites in nearby Elsinore is just off Interstate 15. It features an outdoor pool and is within easy walking distance to the Lake Elsinore Casino. A refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker are provided in all rooms and there's free access to the hotel’s 24-hour fitness room and hot tub.
The Ayres Hotel & Spa in Moreno Valley serves up the whole package, with massages on-site and all the comforts of being at home ... only better. The hotels offers an outdoor pool and a restaurant, free Wi-Fi and a fitness center. Box Springs Mountain Park is less than four miles away.
Jenny's Family Restaurant is an old-school-looking diner, like the Fonz might come stepping out of the back at any moment with a fist of attitude for the jukebox. But it's the American classics on off the grill and the friendly service that grab the most attention.
Jeff's Place is a no-frills sandwich joint. Try the the big 12" French dip or best Philly cheesesteak this side of namesake city. Jeff's is in a shopping center that might not grab your attention, but this local sandwich shop is well worth tapping into.
Tacos La Bufadora is a super-casual spot that collects raves and raves for its food and prices. The ceviche and fish tacos are, and the burritos are huge. It's a quick-service place that gets you back out the door and on to more adventures.
Mr. Joe's Farm is sweet little spot to see the typical, the not-so-typical and get friendly with a large variety of animals. There are goats, sheep, camel, pigs, cows, bulls, horses, tortoises, llamas, alpacas, and all sizes of of many egg-laying farm birds. Walk the farm and pet the animals. It's a donation-only affair.
The Perris Auto Speedway is stacked with the loud, greasy thrill of revving engines and tight turns. This is just some classic, good-old American fast action and entertainment outdoors. Beer, burgers and kettle corn round out the scene when the stomach gets mean. Consider bringing ear plugs and get ready to punch the gas.
The Lake Perris State Recreation Area is the outdoors jewel of Perris, with gorgeous wilderness to walk, take a cooling dip in, or just sit and watch what comes. Wet a line or rev up a canoe, whatever your pleasure. This rec area is a prime spot to step out into the sunshine and let the day unwind.
Grab your chute and hit the door for a birds-eye view of Perris and the many miles of wonderful SoCal that surround it. At Skydive Perris, you can launch into the clouds or, if you're not feeling up to the full thrill, you can pull your cord with an indoor skydive experience.
At the Orange Empire Railway Museum, you can dive into the West’s largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings and other artifacts dating from the 1870s. Ride streetcars, interurban electric cars, and trains on the Museum railway. Visit the Museum’s collection of more than 200 streetcars and railway vehicles to experience the early days of electric, steam, and diesel railway transportation.