Considered the birthplace of the California citrus industry, Riverside is named after its setting beside the Santa Ana River. It’s home to the largest Mission Revival building in the United States and a great selection of museums and public parks.
Things to do in Riverside
At the heart of Riverside is the Mission Inn, an opulent historic hotel built in the Mission Revival style that has been graced by countless U.S. presidents. Learn about the history of the hotel in the ground floor museum or join a guided tour to explore its art and architecture.
Also within the Mission Inn District is the Riverside Art Museum, originally built as a recreational venue for the Young Women's Christian Association. It hosts revolving exhibitions throughout the year, highlighting a diverse range of a media techniques, artists and themes.
A short drive south-east of Riverside takes you to the March Field Air Museum where US Air Force Super Sabres and Russian jet fighters are on display. Get behind the controls of the flight simulator and see cross-sections of missiles and bombs, then pay your respects to wartime canines at the War Dog Memorial.
For sweeping views of Riverside, follow the trail that leads past prickly pear cacti and large boulders up the slopes of Mount Rubidoux. Alternatively, stroll through the working orchard of the California Citrus State Historic Park, also home to small museum exploring the region’s citrus-growing history.
Getting around Riverside
Los Angeles/Ontario International Airport is a 30-minute drive from Riverside and there are regular buses and trains making the one-hour journey into Los Angeles. Buses travel throughout Riverside, while the historic Mission Inn District is easily explored on foot.