Riverside, CA, USA

Riverside, CA, USA

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Riverside is a laid-back, family-friendly spot

Flaunting its handsome Mission Revival architecture, those lanky, S-shaped palm trees, and wide boulevards of Western saloons, Riverside might just be the California you're looking for. Quaint and relaxed, and far from the hustle of Los Angeles, the wealth of family villas and hacienda-style homes is often enough to entice folk searching for Riverside vacation rentals. What's nearby rarely disappoints, with those great swathes of orange groves filtering out along the Santa Ana River, local art museums, historic citrus farms, and the rugged San Bernardino Mountains all making an appearance.

Dusty trails and orange farms in Riverside

You won't have to walk far from the doorways of those Riverside vacation rentals to find the dusty trailheads and mountain biking tracks that pierce into the wild foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. Nor will you need to search too hard to discover an authentic Californian citrus farm, where the oranges are plucked straight from the trees. More surprising perhaps are Riverside's theme parks, gaming arcades, skate rinks, and cultural centers dedicated to the unique Mission Revival styles of the Inland Empire.

See Riverside's Spanish mansions and citrus groves

A stop in the iconic Mission Inn Museum, where the Spanish-styled architecture and curious Mudejar features of the building are unraveled for all to see, is usually a great place to start in Riverside. After that, you could delve into the California Citrus State Historic Park, where some of California's long-lost orange groves are preserved along with the heritage of the industry. And then comes the Box Springs Mountain Reserve and Sycamore Canyon, which both tout biking routes and hiking trails in the looming shadow of the San Bernardino ranges.

Hot days and sultry nights in Riverside

Riverside's hot climate dominates for much of the year, with just slightly dropped mercury levels and some rainfall occurring in the winter months of January and February. That means anytime from early spring to fall is perfect for planning that jaunt to this enclave of Los Angeles, with most people searching for Riverside vacation rentals and places to stay along the Santa Ana River sometime between the months of May and September.

Riverside sits in the shadow of the San Bernardino Mountains

If there's one defining feature of pretty Riverside, it's the hulking rises of the great San Bernardino Mountains that poke up on the horizon. These are home to cut canyons, gorges, chaparral-covered hills, and some of the region's top recreational spots – Lake Arrowhead, Butler Peak, and the hiking trails of the San Bernardino National Forest. Closer to town is the Box Springs Mountain Reserve, where eucalyptus forests house rare snakes and bobcats in the middle of the urban fray.