If you like the engineering and mechanics that goes into auto racing, that's one of the Inland Empire's specialties. The Inland Empire is NASCAR's first home-away-from-home. Through most of the 1960s and 1970s, NASCAR's racing season began every year at the old Riverside Raceway, and the Orange Show Speedway in downtown San Bernardino has been hosting Saturday night racing for many years. The latest here is California Speedway in Fontana, the fastest raceway in the world, which hosts two major NASCAR events per year, as well as a race driving school and other sanctioned races.

The National Hot Rod Association hosts its season-opening NHRA Winternationals and year-end World Finals of Drag Racing at Pomona Raceway, located at Fairplex at the west end of the Inland Empire. The Wally Parks NHRA Museum makes a welcome stop for drag racing fans.

Hot rodders and fans just about take over downtown San Bernardino near the end of every summer with their Route 66 Rendezvous. Classic and custom cars have rolled in by the thousands from across the country for 17 years now.

The National Orange Show is held every spring, and the NOS fairgrounds also hold 300 other events per year, including BMX bicycle racing, wine tasting events and competitions, art shows and antique swap meets.

Fairplex in Pomona hosts the Los Angeles County Fair, the largest county fair in the world, as well as hundreds of other events, from motor sports, concerts and horse racing to home shows, computer fairs and much more.

Outdoor sports are a big part of the Inland Empire landscape. Snowboarding, skiing, biking, racing and four-wheeling are common, as are team sports such as soccer, baseball, football and more. The Redlands Bicycle Classic is one of the two largest U.S. bicycle races and draws both fans and participants from around the nation and the local area. Several professional baseball teams have minor league affiliates playing in the California, which has Inland Empire teams in San Bernardino (Inland Empire 66ers), Rancho Cucamonga (Quakes), Lancaster (Jethawks), Lake Elsinore (Storm) and Adalanto (High Desert Mavericks). The new Citizens Business Bank Arena is due to open in Ontario and is anticipated to play home to minor league basketball and hockey franchises.

The Glen Helen Pavilion, just northwest of Cal State San Bernardino along Interstate 215, has staged many concerts, and the grounds are also famous as one of the main U.S. venues for top-level motocross racing.

Let off steam at amusement parks and museums in the area. Fiesta Village in Colton,Riverside's Castle Park can help you find the right roller coaster, Ferris wheel, waterslide or miniature gold course. Disneyland is just about an hour away in Anaheim, and Raging Waters is less than that to San Dimas. Discoveries abound at the San Bernardino County Museum, with exhibits and collections in cultural and natural history. A mini-museum at the E Street San Bernardino location of the first McDonald's restaurant shows a capsule history of the fast food giant's early days.