, in partnership with the Vintage Volkswagen Club of America and Rare Vintage Air Car Club, invite you to join us for The Canyon Cruise to the Temecula Valley Wineries. This unofficial event is open to all vintage Air-Cooled vehicles, including Porsche and Volkswagen.  


Join us on October 10, 2020 and embark on Southern California’s Mother of all cruises. 75 miles of scenic driving through two epic canyons, Santiago Canyon, Ortega Highway and the Temecula Valley wine region. We’ve meticulously planned our route and restricted it to streets and highways, with minimal traffic stops, in order to maintain the flow of the group. We’ve excluded driving on freeways and kept the entire cruise on city streets. 

Choose to join or leave our group, at any leg of the cruise, if you decide to do just a portion of the route. Leg 1, (8:00 am), Leg 2, (9:30-10:00 am), Leg 3, (1:30 pm)

We’d like to remind everyone to bring your masks and face coverings to this event. 

Make sure to fuel up and get your coffee before we head out.

Hagerty Insurance is generously offering support services for anyone who breaks down.

Go to this link to download a PDF of the route directions: Canyon Cruise Directions PDF
Click the link to access the route on your mobile device: Google Maps
Click here to download and print out the official Rally road route, turn-by-turn instructions (7 pages): Turn by Turn Instruction:Turn By Turn Rally Directions
For more information, please contact:



Canyon Cruise to Temecula Valley Wineries 

Temecula, California 

Date: October 10, 2020

MEET-UP Time: 8:00 AM



John’s Place Restaurant, 8400 E. Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869

In the Albertsons/Chevron parking lot

Cross streets, Chapman Ave. & Jamboree Rd.



Scenic Drive Through Santiago Canyon

Departure time: 9:00 AM

Depart from the Albertsons parking lot by exiting RIGHT (East) onto E. Chapman Ave.

Continue straight on E. Chapman Ave., where it becomes E. Santiago Canyon Road

Continue for 12.4 miles (approximately 15-20 minutes) to Live Oak Canyon Road

Turn LEFT onto Live Oak Canyon Road. Travel 5.4 miles (approximately 10 minutes), continue past the O'Neill Park entrance, the road changes names to Trabuco Canyon Road. Continue straight on Trabuco Canyon Rd until you reach Plano Trabuco Road and make a hard right. Continue to Santa Margarita Parkway

Turn RIGHT onto Santa Margarita Pkwy and prepare to make a quick LEFT turn at the next traffic light onto Antonio Parkway 

Turn LEFT onto Antonio Pkwy and travel 10 miles (approximately 20 minutes) until you reach Ortega Hwy



Turn LEFT onto Ortega Hwy and travel 26 miles (approximately 35-40 minutes) until you reach Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore

Turn RIGHT onto Grande Ave and travel 8.7 miles (approximately 15 minutes) until you dead end into Clinton Keith Road

Turn LEFT onto Clinton Keith Road and travel 0.4 miles (approximately 1 minute) until you reach Palomar Street

Turn RIGHT onto Palomar Street, which later changes names to Washington Ave., and travel 1.9 miles (approximately 5 minutes) until you reach Nutmeg Street

Turn LEFT onto Nutmeg Street and travel 0.6 miles (approximately 1 minute) to Jefferson Ave.

Turn RIGHT onto Jefferson Ave., and travel 7 miles (approximately 15-20 minutes) until you arrive in the heart of Old Town Temecula. You will now be on Old Town Front Street.



Parking is crowded and limited on weekends, so try to find any available parking space in the center of town or on any of the side streets. 

Here are several FREE Public lots

• 6th Street Parking Lot (Free Parking) 41952 6th St, Temecula

• City of Temecula 2nd Street Parking Lot (Free Parking) 42484-42910 2nd St, Temecula

• Old Town Parking Garage (Free Parking) 28690 Mercedes St, Temecula



Departure: 1:30 PM

Once everyone has finished lunch, and had a chance to relax, we’ll head over to the Temecula Valley wine region. We’ll meet at Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92591


From Old Town Temecula, head North on Front Street and travel 0.5 miles (approximately 2 minutes) until you get to Rancho California Road.

Turn RIGHT onto Rancho California Road and travel 4.2 miles (approximately 8-10 minutes) through Temecula Valley

Turn RIGHT onto Cam de Oscar and park in the large parking lot at Thornton Winery.


Our cruise officially ends at Thornton Winery. You can choose to stay for wine tasting and enjoy lunch, or you can disperse with your individual car groups and explore the many wineries of your choice.

Pre-order your lunch online at Thornton Winery Café Champagne in advance at:

Link to Menu: 

Link to Temecula Wineries: