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Temecula has become a popular destination because of its Old West main street, nearly two dozen wineries, and California’s largest casino.
Its name means ‘Place of the Sun’ in the language of the local Luiseño people, who were present when the first Spanish missionary came to visit in 1797. Later, Temecula became a stop on the Butterfield stagecoach line and the California Southern railroad.
Temecula is in the southeast corner of theCounty, near San Diego and Orange Counties. The Old Town Front St, heart of Old Town, is a minute’s drive from the I-15 Freeway. From here, Rancho California Rd serves as the primary route into wine country.