Sixty miles east of Los Angeles, Riverside is the largest city in the County, with more than 336,000 residents. Known for its citrus industry, an entire empire was built around the sweet and zesty navel orange.

Riverside has 24 nationally registered historic sites and more than 100 city landmarks commemorating this city’s flavorful history. Known as the city of arts and innovation, visitors and residents enjoy cultural activities including downtown museums, restaurants and performing arts centers.

As Riverside flourished, a local family opened the Glenwood Cottages guest house, which later grew into the world-famous Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, the largest Mission Revival–style building in the United States. The inn’s guest list has included Presidents Nixon and Reagan, film stars, and royalty. Downtown Riverside’s historic Fox Performing Arts Center is a 1929 Spanish Colonial Revival theater that held the first public screening of Gone with the Wind.

Riverside is also home to four colleges and universities: Riverside City College was the first college, others include University of California, Riverside; Cal Baptist University and La Sierra University.

Things to Do in Riverside

  • The Mission Inn and Spa has many activities and services including fine dining. The Festival of Lights is hosted here every holiday season. 
    (1 mile from RCC)
  • Riverside Food Lab Food Hall with a variety of foods and entertainment.
    (1 mile from RCC)
  • The Riverside Art Museum with a exhibits, activities, and art educational opportunities.
    (1 mile from RCC)
  • Fox Performing Arts Center - events in theater, and host to local and national artists.
    (1 mile from RCC)
  • Mount Rubidoux Park - Great views and trails for hiking
    (1 miles from RCC)
  • Fairmount Park with lake, rose garden, and many shaded seating areas 
    (2 miles from RCC)
  • Whitewater Preserve Beautiful nature views with hiking and a variety of wildlife.
    (50 miles from RCC)
  • Lake Hemet Opportunities for camping, fishing, and waterpark.
    (55 miles from RCC)