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Situated at the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, Corona is a city in Riverside County, California. Once known as ’the lemon capital of the world’, nowadays it’s an outdoor-loving place with various parks, sports fields and activities to enjoy. It’s also a great location for visiting nearby destinations by hire car, such as Los Angeles,Anaheim,San Bernardino and Pomona.
If you’re arriving via Ontario California International Airport then it’s an 18-mile drive to Corona via rental car. En route you could take a detour to visit Chino Hills State Park, at the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Dollar, Budget and Thrifty. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and zero excess collision cover.
Corona has many attractions, including the nearby Santa Ana Mountains, which are great for hiking and camping. Other highlights include an abundance of parks, such as Santana Regional Park and Eagle Glen Park, plus quirky museums like the Corona Model Railroad Society and Museum, which displays reproductions of 1940s railways, and the Fender Guitar Visitor Centre. Situated in five acres of lemon groves, the Corona Heritage Park displays local history in a scenic setting. It includes an art gallery, a spiritual centre and an antiques shop, plus various huts housing local artists-in-residence.
San Bernardino is a 26-mile drive by hire car from Corona. Situated in the San Bernardino Valley in Southern California, the city is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and rich green forests. It’s the 100th largest city in America and is famous for being the site of the first McDonald’s restaurant. San Bernardino is at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains, a rugged range that includes San Gorgonio, the tallest mountain in Southern California. San Gorgonio is known for its huge landmark, The Arrowhead, site of many Native American legends. One of San Bernardino’s most famous attractions is the McDonald's Museum, located on the original site of the world's first McDonald’s restaurant. Other highlights include notable performance spaces such as the Fox Theatre, the California Theatre and the San Manuel Amphitheatre.
Glittering, glamorous, mythical Los Angeles, is a 47-mile drive away. There you can enjoy classic attractions such as Hollywood Boulevard, Universal Studios Hollywood, and nearby Disneyland, a 26-mile drive away. Or you could simply enjoy people-watching on buzzing Venice Beach, or sample quirkier attractions like the Velvetaria, a gallery of velvet paintings, or Angels Flight, the shortest railroad in the world.
Due to its world-class coastline, stunning scenery and mild climate, California is wonderful to explore by hire car. Bear in mind that in California, pedestrians always have right of way. The US is right-hand drive and remember to keep an eye on your mirror, as drivers don’t always indicate a direction change. Every state has different driving laws, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the California ones before your visit.
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