Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.


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.


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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Riverside

Fly into San Bernardino, CA (SBD-San Bernardino Intl.), the closest airport, located 11 mi (17.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Ontario, CA (ONT-Los Angeles - Ontario Intl.), which is 13.5 mi (21.7 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Riverside-Downtown Station or Riverside-La Sierra Station to see more of the city.

Where to stay around Riverside?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 356 vacation rentals near Riverside. From 242 Houses to 19 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Riverside for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Riverside?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Riverside:

  • Newport Coast: 574 vacation rentals
  • Anaheim Hills: 467 vacation rentals
  • Arrowhead Villas: 197 vacation rentals
  • Irvine Spectrum Center: 24 vacation rentals
  • Village Bay: 334 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Riverside?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Riverside. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kaiser Permanente Hospital Riverside: 177 vacation rentals
  • University of California-Riverside: 187 vacation rentals
  • La Sierra University: 200 vacation rentals
  • Castle Park Amusement Park: 181 vacation rentals
  • California Baptist University: 158 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Riverside listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Riverside?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 242 Houses in Riverside. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Riverside include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 19 rentals available
  • Estates: 3 rentals available
  • Cabins: 42 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Riverside?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 90 vacation rentals with pool available in Riverside. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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