Located in the Heart of Southern California
The vast metropolitan area in which Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) is located is commonly known as The Inland Empire, and is considered the crossroads of Southern California. Mountains, beaches, deserts, large cities, and small towns are all found in this unique, ideal location. Temperatures rarely dip below 60 degrees Fahrenheit on winter days. Summers are hot and dry with temperatures ranging from 80 to 100 degrees.
World famous beaches such as Malibu, Laguna Niguel, and Newport Beach are only 45 to 90 minutes to the west. Opportunities for superb swimming, surfing, sun-bathing, and sailing allows residents to enjoy the prototypical Southern California lifestyle during their time off.
Mountain getaways are a short 30 to 45 minutes away and offer excellent climbing, hiking, and fishing throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Water-skiing and sailing are also options at nearby Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Lake, and Lake Perris. Those interested in mountain biking have miles of challenging trails within five minutes of the Medical Center as well as easy access to the San Bernardino Mountain Range. Winters in the Inland Empire are clear and cool with spectacular views of snow-covered Mt. Baldy, Mt. San Bernardino, Mt. San Gorgonio, and Mt. San Jacinto. The winter snowfall covers the surrounding mountains, and residents routinely head to the slopes for some well deserved skiing or snowboarding at the local resorts.
People who enjoy the desert environment have only a short trip east to reach the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, and Joshua Tree National Park. Offering austere landscapes as well as rare plants and animals the surrounding ecosystem is a unique terrain worth exploring. Those who enjoy the desert environment without the potentially austere conditions enjoy visiting the numerous golf courses and spas found throughout Palm Springs, a 60 minute drive from Loma Linda.
For those who like to stay closer to home there are numerous activities and attractions. The town of Redlands, adjacent to Loma Linda, turns its Main Street into an outdoor market once a week. The Redlands Bowl provides a free concert series with world-class musical, dance, and dramatic performances each season. Traditionally members of the audience bring blankets to sit on and a light dinner to enjoy before the bowl performances begin. Sixty minutes to the west is downtown Los Angeles with its top-quality restaurants, world renowned museums, opera, theater, and other cultural opportunities. Disneyland is only a 45 minute drive from Loma Linda.
LLUMC is located in a quiet suburban neighborhood. Typically, the medicine residents in the program live in attractive, family-oriented, and relatively crime-free neighborhoods in or around Loma Linda. Housing costs in the area are among the lowest in Southern California and some residents choose the option of buying a home.