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Alpine, California in San Diego County is a dry, semi-desert community nestled in the hills above the beaches and busy city of San Diego. This small city seems far away from the bustle of the 2nd largest city in California--until you drive up to the entrance to Viejas Casino. The casino is truly the engine driving tourists to Alpine.

The community, city and local Chamber of Commerce offer plenty of local celebrations throughout the year such as the annual Christmas Parade of Lights and the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Situated at the base of the Cuyamaca Mountains near Highway 8, and 30 miles east of San Diego, Viejas Casino and Viejas Outlet Center attract thousands each year arriving on tour buses or coming by car to the Indian gambling casino with great food, shopping, and of course the excitement of the countless games and machines inside the casino.

Located at 1,834 elevation and vying with nearby Lemon Grove for best weather, Alpine isn't so bold as to say it has the best weather in the world, a claim Lemon Grove makes. Instead, Alpine distinguishes itself as having the "best weather in America."

Alpine enjoys an open, semi-rural atmosphere with rambling ranches, estates and affordable housing for workers at the casino, owned and operated by Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians.

Viejas Casino features a variety of restaurants, Viejas Outlet Center, located right across the street, with a unique shopping experience and highly acclaimed stores, the 2,000 seat Viejas Bowl where summer concerts are held featuring world class musicians, and numerous eateries and frequent outdoor entertainment.

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay is one of approx. 12 bands of the Kumeyaay Indian Nation and that have over 250 members living on the 1,600-acre reservation in the Viejas Valley, east of Alpine in San Diego County. The Viejas Band is recognized by the U.S. government as a sovereign government and maintains a government-to-government relationship. Kumeyaay are the original native inhabitants of San Diego County, and are Yuman-speaking people of Hokan stock who have lived in the region for more than 10,000 years. Historically, the Kumeyaay were horticulturists, gatherers and hunters. When the Spanish first sailed into San Diego harbor with the Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo expedition of 1542, the Kumeyaay greeted them.

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