Upland, located at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, was originally established as an irrigation colony in the 19th century, It enjoys a semi-arid Mediterranean climate year-round, showcasing tree-lined streets, quaint historic adobe and ranch-style architecture.
1.Madonna of the Trail
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Madonna of the Trail is a 12-monument series in Upland dedicated to the pioneer women of the 19th and 20th centuries, originally commissioned by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution between 1928 and 1929. The sculptures were created by artist August Leimbach and are installed at sites in 12 states along the National Old Trails Road, which stretches from Maryland to Upland, California. Though it was originally meant to stand in San Bernardino, Upland's statue has become a prominent fixture in its local culture today, serving as a fixture point for a number of local protests, campaigns, and pilgrimages throughout the city's history. The statue is located on the city's Euclid Avenue and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
1010 Euclid Ave, Upland, CA 91786
2.Last Name Brewing
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Last Name Brewing is a fun craft microbrewery that was originally opened to the public as Dale Brothers Brewing in 2003, founded by area residents Curt and Andy Dale and Karen McMillan. The brewery offers a wide variety of year-round flagship and seasonal beers, including its Pomona Queen California Amber Lager, California Black Beer Dark Lager, Red Between the Lines Imperial Red Ale, October Fiesta Lager, and Runway IPA. Its tap room is open to the public daily between 12:00pm and 9:00pm, with brewery tours available with advance reservations for groups of four or more. A variety of public special events are hosted at the brewery, including food truck pop-ups, trivia nights, and annual festivals.
2120 Porterfield Way, Upland, CA 91786, Phone: 909-579-0032
3.The Grove Theatre
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The Grove Theatre is an historic theater in downtown Upland, originally constructed as a movie theater in 1947 by the Western Amusement Company. The Art Deco-style theater was acquired by Sherry and Bill Kinison in 1991 and converted into a live performance venue, offering musical and dramatic theater performances throughout the year for families to enjoy. National touring performances are showcased periodically at the theater, with performances by renowned actors such as Bill Hutton and Dale Kristien. Many of the theater's beautiful original design elements have been preserved, including its iconic marquee facade. A nonprofit theatrical academy also offers theatrical instruction courses for children and young adults throughout the year.
276 E 9th St, Upland, CA 91786, Phone: 909-920-4343
4.Cooper Regional History Museum
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Cooper Regional History Museum is a nonprofit organization that strives to preserve the social and cultural history of the Upland region, originally founded as the Chaffey Communities Cultural Center in 1965. The museum was originally housed within a converted 1937 Art Moderne-style building that formerly housed the Ontario-Cucamonga Fruit Exchange, which ceased its operations in the 1960s. Since 1997, the main museum has moved its operations and exhibits to a facility on downtown Upland's East A Street, though its fruit exchange building still operates as an agricultural artifact exhibit center. Visitors can explore both museum facilities Thursdays through Saturdays during the afternoon hours.
217 E A St, Upland, CA 91786, Phone: 909-982-8010
5.Trapped Escape Room
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Trapped Escape Room is a unique escape room entertainment center that challenges small groups to figure out how to escape a themed locked room within 60 minutes using clues that help participants identify key puzzle elements. The escape room chain initially opened in the Inland Empire and has expanded to offer locations throughout the Las Vegas, San Dimas, and Los Angeles regions, including an Upland location. Three themed rooms showcase immersive set and sound elements, including a Down the Rabbit Hole room themed around a runaway dog concept, a crime-solving Lair of the Puzzlemaster room, and a Sector 13 room, themed around an underground high-security laboratory. Some rooms are family-friendly, while others are only recommended for teenagers and adults.
600 N Mountain Ave b204, Upland, CA 91786, Phone: 909-360-9806
6.Hangar 18 Indoor Climbing Gym
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Hangar 18 Indoor Climbing Gym is the largest network of indoor climbing gymnasiums in Southern California, offering eight locations throughout the Los Angeles and San Dimas regions, including an Upland location which serves as the chain's flagship location. The gym showcases 12,000 square feet of unique indoor climbing surfaces, including bouldering and top-rope areas and lead routes that span more than 70 feet. Climbers of all ages and ability levels can enjoy the facility, including private special event rental groups. The facility also hosts a regular schedule of yoga and fitness courses for participants of all ages.
256 E Stowell St, Upland, CA 91786, Phone: 909-931-5991
7.Claro's Italian Markets
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Claro's Italian Markets are a family-owned Italian supermarket chain in Southern California that were originally established in 1948 by Joe and Mary Claro. The chain has expanded throughout the Los Angeles and San Dimas regions, including a location on Upland's Mountain Avenue. A wide variety of food products are sold to complement Italian, Greek, French, and Argentinian cuisines, including fresh deli products. Visitors can enjoy a large deli menu of takeout sandwiches, antipasti platters, and complete dinners, with catering menus available for private special events. Every six weeks, free cooking demonstrations are hosted by the supermarket chain at various locations, teaching participants how to prepare traditional Italian entrees.
1655 N Mountain Ave, Upland, CA 91784, Phone: 909-946-2689
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Spaggi's is a quaint family-owned Italian restaurant that offers fine dining at lunch and dinner daily, operated by executive chef Henry Gonzalez. The restaurant is conveniently located within a strip mall in Upland and offers indoor and outdoor seating, serving up classic Italian fare with a contemporary twist. Favorite dishes including lasagna di carne, rigatoni ripieni, scampi griglia, and cioppino, with a variety of health-conscious and vegetarian options available to suit dietary needs. The restaurant's full-service bar serves up an extensive selection of red and white wines imported from Italy, with fine Napa Valley wines also available. Imported and domestic brews are also served, along with classic Italian cocktails.
1651 W Foothill Blvd, Upland, CA 91786, Phone: 909-579-0497
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Molly's Souper is an old-fashioned breakfast and lunch joint with a long history of fine hospitality in the Upland region, housed within the historic former home of early area pioneers William Boyd Stewart and Mary Stewart, who were known as citrus industry entrepreneurs in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Following Mary's death in 1950, the home was converted into a restaurant in 1972 to carry on the family's legacy of fine hospitality. Today, it is known for its freshly-baked breads, homemade soups, and other old-fashioned entrees, including delicious egg dishes, breakfast specials, and brunch cocktails. The restaurant also offers a unique pet-friendly patio and dog menu, allowing visitors to dine alongside their four-legged friends.
388 N 1st Ave, Upland, CA 91786, Phone: 909-982-1114
10.Elvira's Mexican Grill
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Elvira's Mexican Grill is a casual family Mexican restaurant that originally opened in 2013, conveniently located within an Upland strip mall. The full-service restaurant serves up a wide variety of standard Mexican favorites, including combination plates showcasing specialties such as tacos, enchiladas, tamales, and chile rellenos. Creative meat and vegetarian burritos highlight unique ranchero and avocado sauces, while land and sea fajitas are served sizzling off the grill. Vegetarian entrees are available, including spinach enchiladas, veggie tostadas, and grilled fajita salads. A limited selection of American fare is also served, including delicious hamburgers and cheeseburgers.
373 E Foothill Blvd, Upland, CA 91786, Phone: 909-981-0734
10 Best Things to Do in Upland, California
- Madonna of the Trail, Photo: Madonna of the Trail
- Last Name Brewing, Photo: Last Name Brewing
- The Grove Theatre, Photo: Courtesy of aerogondo - Fotolia.com
- Cooper Regional History Museum, Photo: Cooper Regional History Museum
- Trapped Escape Room, Photo: Courtesy of mdurinik - Fotolia.com
- Hangar 18 Indoor Climbing Gym, Photo: Hangar 18 Indoor Climbing Gym
- Claro's Italian Markets, Photo: Claro's Italian Markets
- Spaggi's, Photo: Courtesy of Sea Wave - Fotolia.com
- Molly's Souper, Photo: Courtesy of ytochka89 - Fotolia.com
- Elvira's Mexican Grill, Photo: Elvira's Mexican Grill
- Cover Photo: City of Upland