See Uppland for the Swedish province.

Upland is a city in San Bernardino County on the edge of the Inland Empire in Southern California. Formally incorporated in 1906, Upland has a long, rich history in agriculture and included a segment of Route 66. Upland and the region used to be home to thousands of acres of citrus groves; today, however, the city is home to many quiet residential neighborhoods and is a gateway to recreational opportunities in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Get in

There are numerous ways to enter Upland, be it by air, rail, car, bus, or bike.

By plane

Upland lies just northwest of LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT), in Ontario and accessible via the San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway.

The city is also home to Cable Airport, privately-owned, said to be the largest of its kind in the world.

By train

Amtrak, the national rail service, serves Ontario just to the south of the city. Metrolink, a commuter rail service serving the greater Los Angeles area, has a stop in downtown Upland at 1st Avenue and 'A' Street, just off Euclid Avenue. The stop is on the San Bernardino line, one of the busiest, that connects Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to San Bernardino (limited weekend service available).

By car

Interstate 10 and State Route 210 both cross Upland in an east-west direction, providing links to Los Angeles and San Bernardino. Foothill Boulevard (State Route 66) also crosses through the center of the city. Euclid Avenue (State Route 83) is the main north-south route through the city and heads south to Chino and the Chino Valley (State Route 71) Freeway or north towards the community of Mount Baldy. Note that there is no direct interchange between Euclid Avenue and the Foothill (210) Freeway.

By bus

Omnitrans is the Inland Valley's main bus line and serves Upland with several routes, primarily bus routes 66 and 83. Bus route 66 links up with the Montclair Transit Center, which hosts Metrolink and many buses from central Los Angeles and will one day include a stop on the Metro Gold Line light rail extension.

By bike

Upland lies along the path of the former Pacific Electric Railway, now used as a freshly-paved pedestrian and bike path connecting nearby Montclair to Rancho Cucamonga .

Get around

Upland is a fairly small city and the main sights are accessible by foot if arriving into town without a car at the Metrolink station. However, note that Upland's location at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains creates a general north-south slope that makes walking north a bit more difficult on hotter days.

By car

Upland is a very automobile-friendly city, with wide streets and plentiful parking. Consider leaving your car in downtown Upland (be aware of time limits) and exploring the area on foot. If heading north to Mount Baldy, be aware of road conditions in advance as winter snows may require chains.

By bus

The city is served by Omitrans, a bus system that serves the Inland Valley region. Routes 63, 66, 67, 68, and 83 all traverse the city and stop at many major sights.

By bike

Many of Upland streets and wide boulevards, including Euclid Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, have bike lanes. The Pacific Electric Bike Trail is another great way to get around on a separate right-of-way. Upland has several bike repair facilities, many of which are in or around downtown.

By foot

A great way to see Upland is by foot. Leave your car in downtown and stroll about the historic core of the city. Or, consider walking on the median dirt path on Euclid Avenue from Foothill Boulevard north towards the mountains.


Because of the city's relatively old age when compared with neighboring towns, Upland is home to a wealth of historic homes and landmarks.

Madonna of the Trail statue



Although Upland is primarily a residential community, many neat stores can be found along Foothill Boulevard or in downtown. For those who prefer larger-scale shopping centers, the Colonies Crossroads at Campus Ave and the Foothill (210) Fwy offers many big-box stores. Nearby, Montclair hosts the Montclair Plaza (Nordstrom's, Macy's, Sears), Ontario hosts Ontario Mills (one of the largest outlet malls in the state), and Rancho Cucamonga hosts Victoria Gardens, an upscale outdoor mall with a classic "Main Street" theme.


Given Upland's relatively quiet character as a residential city, it is unusual that it hosts a multitude of restaurants that cover many ethnic cuisines. The list below is just a sample of what one can find in the city.



Go next

Upland is a great gateway to recreational opportunities in the San Gabriel Mountains. Check out the Angeles National Forest or the Cucamonga Wilderness by taking Euclid or Mountain avenues north towards Mount Baldy.

Next door, the cities of Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, and Ontario host numerous sights. Rancho Cucamonga hosts the upscale Victoria Gardens shopping center, Claremont contains the prestigious Claremont Colleges, and Ontario's downtown, airport, and Graber Olive House make it worth visiting. Upland is also 30 minutes from Pasadena and San Bernardino, and within an hour's drive of Los Angeles and the Palm Springs area.

Routes through Upland

Downtown L.A. / Los Angeles Pomona  W  E  Ontario San Bernardino
Pasadena Claremont  W  E  Rancho Cucamonga San Bernardino
Santa Monica Claremont  W  E  Rancho Cucamonga Barstow

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