Riverside

A mix of outdoor recreation and arts and culture, all within an hour of Los Angeles. The town remains a great place to stay active.

Welcome to Riverside

 
Riverside is a city east of Los Angeles in Riverside County, California. With more than 314,000 residents, Riverside has the 12th highest population in the state and bustling energy that’s easy to get swept up in. The city has beautiful examples of Mission Revival architecture, particularly in its Mission Inn. Mediterranean, Spanish Revival, and Modern style properties are popular in Riverside. 
 
Apart from being the location of the University of California, Riverside is best known for its historic citrus industry. It’s also the location of Southern California’s first golf course near Box Springs Mountain and its first polo field. With a precedent of outdoor activity, the town remains a great place to stay active and enjoy its 277 days of sunshine each year.
 

What to Love

 
  • Restaurants featuring every kind of cultural cuisine
  • A thriving music scene
  • Temperate weather year-round

Local Lifestyle

 
Riverside has a distinctly suburban feel with plenty of opportunities to enjoy beautiful views of Mount Rubidoux and North Hill. Despite its size, Riverside has more laid-back energy than areas closer to Los Angeles, yet it is close to all the best attractions Southern California offers. Skiing is only an hour away in the San Bernardino Mountains, and Disneyland is 50 minutes away in Anaheim. Even for those who are content to enjoy the town's natural beauty, Riverside offers a range of events, cafes, parks, and restaurants to explore all year long.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

 
Start the day off in Riverside with coffee from one of the city’s many cafes. The Arcade Coffee Roasters on Canyon Crest Drive, Lift Coffee Roasters on Chicago Avenue, and Mi Cafecito Coffee, located within the Riverside Food Lab, are excellent options.
 
Speaking of the Riverside Food Lab, it’s home to over a dozen vendors with menus offering a range of steak, ramen, cocktails, and veggie burgers. To step back to the 1920s, stop by speakeasy-themed ProAbition or grab a pint at Heroes Restaurant and Brewery. On special occasions, take your loved one to Le Chat Noir for classic French bites, Mario’s Place for some of the best Italian food in the city, or Anchos Southwest Grill & Bar for some of the best handmade flour tortillas you will ever experience.
 
Live music and dancing are available on almost every street in Riverside, from Art’s Bar and Grill to the Aurea Vista NightClub, the Downtown Experiment, and the Brickwood. Take in a show at the Box or catch a play or concert at the historic Spanish Revival Fox Performing Arts Center.  
 
For shopping, Riverside has the Riverside Plaza and the Canyon Crest Towne Center, or there’s Magnolia Place and the Galleria at Tyler.
 

Things to Do

 
Riverside’s historic Mission Inn is the most prominent example of Mission Revival architecture in the country. With beautiful suites and an onsite spa, the Mission Inn is perfect for romantic weekends or family events. It also hosts the annual Festival of Lights, where the entire inn is decorated in stunning holiday lights.  
 
Families can enjoy a day at the Riverside Art Museum in the Mission Inn District. The museum is also home to the Cheech Marin Center, where all things Chicano art and culture are celebrated. 
 
To enjoy Riverside’s beautiful weather, there’s the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens, Fairmount Regional Park, or the California Citrus State Park, where visitors learn more about Riverside’s history as a leader within the citrus industry. 
 

Schools

 
The Riverside Unified School District serves Riverside, California.
 
 
 

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