Video: Trips on a Tankful—Temecula

From wine cellars and cafes to campgrounds and petting zoos, this countryside town offers a great escape from Los Angeles and San Diego

Temecula, California, is a short drive from San Diego and Los Angeles, making it a great getaway that won’t require a plane ticket or multiple refuels at the pump. It’s also a wine lover’s paradise with more than 50 wineries located throughout the region’s rolling landscapes. From wine cellars and cafes to campgrounds and petting zoos, if you’re looking to escape the city, this countryside town is calling your name.

Here are some of the best stops during a single-tank trip to Temecula:

Avensole. This 16-acre winery and vineyard offers spectacular views, great wine, and a quiet outdoor patio where you can taste your way through the many wine options.

Peltzer. Visitors will love the fun, inviting environment at this beautiful winery. Stroll through the property, enjoy a tasting, and soak in the farm-meets-vineyard vibe of this must-visit stop. 

Fazeli Cellars. With sweeping mountain views, this stunning winery offers more than 20 varieties of boutique wines and has an on-site restaurant.

Pechanga RV Resort. If you’re traveling by RV, this campground is well-maintained, within proximity to downtown, and offers a pool and hot tub. 

Old Town Temecula. Resembling the set of an old Western film, you’ll want to set aside plenty of time to explore the many unique shops and restaurants located in this area of Temecula. 

The Press Espresso. If you need a little energy to pick you up, stop at Press Espresso for a fresh caffeinated creation. 

Temecula Olive Oil Company. Here you can sample a variety of specialty olive oils, ranging from traditional variations to blood orange, fresh apple, garlic, and more. 

Nana’s Tamales. Made fresh daily, you’ll want to dine at Nana’s to try the famous tacos and tamales. 

Sugarplum Petting Zoo. Home to dozens of rescue animals, you can interact with and feed the zoo’s loveable residents, and then visit the on-site chocolate shop for a delicious chocolate treat.