Chino Hills was incorporated in 1991. Its full history, however, dates to Spain's occupation of the area that would become California (Spain colonized and governed this region from 1769 to 1821). In 1771, the Spanish founded Mission San Gabriel in Chino Hills, which they used as land to graze cattle. This purpose continued into the Mexican Republic era (1821 to 1848). Mexico ceded the land to the United States following the Mexican-American War, and California became a state on Sept. 9, 1850. Today, Chino Valley Unified School District is the top employer in the city.
Chino Hills has a unique combination of agricultural and military history as well as a diverse European and North American background. As such, the area offers plenty for those who are interested in any of these topics. For example, Cooper Regional History Museum gives visitors a closer look at the local history through a collection of books, displays, music, and more, and Chino's Old Schoolhouse Museum is a highly recommended stop to learn more about the county's history.
In addition to these historic attractions, Chino Hills offers ample outdoor space and acres of undeveloped rolling hills. Chino Hills State Park is one of several nearby choices for those who want to take advantage of activities such as hiking and bike riding, and there are many nearby country clubs and golf courses for those who want to schedule a round of golf within sight of the San Gabriel Mountains.
When to Visit Chino Hills, CA
With so much to see and do outside, it is best to visit Chino Hills when the weather is most comfortable. The highs in the summer often exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but the average for June through September is in the mid-70s. If you visit in the spring or fall for cooler averages, still be prepared for the weather to occasionally rise into the 90s or higher. The average during that time, however, is in the 60s. This makes spring and fall particularly popular times to visit Chino Hills or Los Angeles County.
If the weather gets a bit warm, you can take advantage of Chino Hill's proximity to Irvine and Long Beach for a day trip to see the Pacific Ocean. Another popular choice is to take a ferry to Santa Catalina Island, where you can visit Two Harbors — a local unincorporated community — to enjoy quiet, beautiful beaches as well as hiking, camping, cycling, and scuba diving.
If you're a sports fan, visit the area in the fall. The National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association begin their seasons in October. You can take a trip to the Honda Center to see the Anaheim Ducks or travel into Los Angeles to watch the Kings take the ice. If you prefer basketball, you'll definitely want to see the Clippers or Lakers play on their home court at the iconic Staples Center. This drive takes 40 to 60 minutes from Chino Hills.
In the winter, you can enjoy highs in the 60s, lows in the 30s, and fewer crowds. Though you won't see the flowers blooming at Chino Hills State Park, visiting the city during the winter months is a good way to find deals on hotel rooms. The weather might not be warm enough for a pleasant trip to the ocean, but you'll still be able to enjoy comfortable hikes and outdoor activities — such as a climb up to summit of Mount Baldy.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Chino Hills, CA:
Chino Hills by Star Rating
Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean price patterns by star rating class in Chino Hills, CA. You can use these charts to calculate the most cost effective seasons to book in Chino Hills for any future trips.
Luxury Hotel Options in Chino Hills, CA
4 Star Average Prices: $136.56
Many travelers prefer to splurge on luxury accommodations. If this is you, you'll find plenty of options near Chino Hills.
One of the closest four-star options is just north of Pomona near I-10: the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center. This luxury hotel is right across from the Fairplex Exposition Complex and offers paid Wi-Fi. Guests can eat at the pub-style restaurant and unwind in the outdoor pool or schedule some exercise in the 24/7 fitness center. In addition to proximity to the Fairplex Exposition Complex, this hotel has 11,000 square feet of meeting space and a business center. This makes it a great choice for business professionals and those traveling with a group.
For a luxury option closer to Los Angeles, book at Pacific Palms Resort. This four-star hotel in Industry, California is a top recommended 650-acre golf and conference resort. There is a pool and hot tub on site as well as two excellent restaurant choices: Asian cuisine and a bistro/seafood house.
Affordable Hotel Options in Chino Hills, CA
3 Star Average Prices: $126.77
With gorgeous Chino Hills and nearby Los Angeles County being such popular destinations, you will have an easy time finding affordable, luxury, and discount hotels in the area. If price is your priority, Motel 6 Los Angeles – Pomona is nearby the Pomona Freeway and offers easy access to destinations throughout San Bernardino County and Los Angeles County. Here you will find basic amenities in addition to an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, coin-operated laundry facilities, and complimentary coffee.
Extended Stay America – Los Angeles – Chino Valley is another great choice for its affordability. Pets are welcome for an additional fee, and suites come with free Wi-Fi, a work space, and kitchenettes with microwaves. A free breakfast is served in the morning, and there is an on-site business center. This affordable two-star hotel is off highway 71 and is central to Chino Hills and Chino. Pomona Fox Theater and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden are nearby.
Best Western Pine Tree Motel is another highly rated budget option. This two-star hotel is in Chino, and guests love the cozy rooms and proximity to many nearby shops and restaurants. There is a renovated breakfast area for complimentary meals in the morning as well as free Wi-Fi and coffee makers in the rooms. Some rooms even have balconies or patio access to the outdoor pool.