Going on Faith

JUN-JUL 2016

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ goingonfaith.com ] 13 inspiration from the following list: Los Angeles, San Diego, Disneyland and its resort, Hollywood, casi- nos, wineries, desert, sandy ocean beaches and snowy mountains for skiing. As you might expect, the golfing is fabulous, too. "We have some big plans for them," Krouse promised of those attending the conference. RETAIL CENTRAL The local shopping experience in Ontario is unlike almost anywhere else in the country. Ontario Mills is the largest one-story outlet mall west of the Mississippi River. There are hundreds of stores, dozens of restaurants and 58 movie screens. Located across the highway from the former Ontario Motor Speedway, it is one of the region's top tourist attrac- tions, even outdrawing venerable Disney. "It is about a mile in circumference and is shaped somewhat like a racetrack inside," said Krouse. Therefore, if visitors want to get into shopping mode, wearing comfortable walking shoes is highly recommended. Rancho Cucamonga has an unusual shopping hub of its own known as Victoria Gardens. It is a pedestrian-first, open-air, mixed-use town center with a plaza and plenty of shopping, eateries and entertainment selections. Rancho Cucamonga is also home to the area's pro- fessional baseball team, the Quakes, a Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team plays its home games at LoanMart Field and has set various attendance records for its league. An evening at a California base- ball park is always a pleasant experience. A new official California Welcome Center just opened at Ontario Mills. It is one of a statewide series of centers that encourage American and international tourists to see and enjoy as much of California as they can. Krouse's CVB was awarded the opportunity to build and operate its own 1,500-square-foot center and expects to see hun- dreds of thousands of information-seeking visitors per year and a huge number of tour buses. IDEAL FOR MEETINGS The Going On Faith Conference will take place at the Ontario Convention Center, which is located less than a mile from L.A./Ontario International Airport. "It is an 18-year-old building, but it is in pristine condition and looks new," said Krouse. "It is full of glass walls with great views of the San Bernardino Mountains. It's a beautiful location." The convention center boasts more than 225,000 Ontario boasts California's newest welcome center. Ontario Mills Mall National rock groups play Ontario. "THIS IS A CONSERVATIVE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF A LIBERAL STATE. OUR CHURCHES ARE EXCEPTIONALLY INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY."

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