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About Riverside

riverside, CA

Known for being the birthplace of the west coast's citrus industry, Riverside is located in the sunny state of California and enjoys a semi-arid climate year round - perfect for camping. Whether you enjoy dry tent camping or luxurious amenities and well-manicures grounds, you're sure to find the perfect camping spot in Riverside and enjoy the area's host of world-class activities and attractions.

 

Popular Attractions

Riverside is a city filled with not only history and depth, but also a thriving music scene and almost unstoppable visual and performing arts landscape. With international influences, and a long, meaningful past, Riverside isn't new to the multicultural and entertainment scenes. Some common area attractions include: Mount Rubidoux for excellent hiking, California Citrus State Historic Park which is dedicated to preserving the state's past in the citrus industry; Fairmount Park for rose gardens, lakes and golfing and the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park. These outdoor spots are an oasis of greenery and breathtaking sights and is perfect for photography, scenic viewing, stargazing and sunset viewing. 

 

Events

A hub for entertainment, art and performances, Riverside boasts a full annual and seasonal calendar of events, showcasing the creativity and talent of locals and even folks outside of the city. Within and beyond Riverside, events like the Palm Springs International Film Festival are held continuously. This specific event is an important lead-up to the Academy Awards and features film screenings from budding and established directors. The area is also home to the Asian-American Expo, Oshogatsu Family Festival and the Winter Wine Classic, where local California vineyards sample out their wines, offering a selection of over one hundred tastes and plenty of chef pairings to complement to the fine drinks. The San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival is another popular happening, celebrating with live performances, a dance competition, food trucks, craft beer garden and a kids zone.

 

The Surf City Marathon is also a traveler favorite; the full and half-marathon features thousands of runners, as well as attractions such as an Active Lifestyle Expo and a beer garden. Air and Style is held annually in February, and features action sports, live music, fashion, art, lifestyle trends and food hosted by the Olympic gold medalist, Shaun White. Competitors will be tackling a 16-story, 450-foot ramp and a 70-foot jump set up in the Coliseum and the event also sees some of the year's most popular musicians. 

 

For ethnically-focused events, you can expect the African-American Festival to be an exciting journey into authentic diversity and multi-culturalism. The annual event which features arts and crafts, ethnic food and live entertainment including Mardi Gras second-line dancers, hip-hop, break and tap dancers, jazz musicians; interactive drum circles, West African dancers and storytellers. In March, area locals and visitors can look forward to a once a year outdoor treat called the Dana Point Festival of Whales. During the spring, dozens of California gray whales make the round trip from Alaska to a calving area in Baja. In addition to wildlife viewing, each weekend during this yearly occurrence includes classic car and vintage boat displays, walking tours, and Polynesian dance and music.

And absolutely no Riverside visit is complete with spending a day at the Festival of Colors; the event is a community-wide party, featuring DJs and performers, interactive dance, yoga, crafts, Indian cuisine and colored-powder thrown in the area for added excitement. Other well-known area events include: Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Fair, the Latin Food Fest, Renaissance Pleasure Faire, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Urban Ocean Festival and the Joshua Tree Spring Music Festival

 

Dining

Like the rest of the city's sectors, Riverside's food industry is an exciting collection of cultures and plenty of local and international creativity. The local menu sees influences from Mexico, Italy, France and Greece, and even the bars and breweries hold worldwide flavors. The city locals are especially lucky to enjoy these flavors on a daily basis. Popular restaurants include: the Greek Street Grill, Cafe Sevilla of Riverside, Mario's Place and The Old Spaghetti Factory. There's also the Le Chat Noir French Restaurant, Islands Restaurant, Ooka Japanese Restaurant, and the city is home to great breweries such as Inland Empire Brewing Company, Route 30 Brewing Company, Euryale Brewing Company and the Hangar 24 Redlands. No matter your preference, Riverside is sure to impress you with its comprehensive culinary palette. 

 

Campgrounds and Parks

As an oasis of beauty in the west, it's no wonder visitors enjoying camping Riverside. There are only a few excellent campgrounds, so look forward to great options such as the Rancho Jurupa Park, one of the area's most popular spots. You can look forward to onsite attractions such as labor day events, trout fishing derbies and health living extravaganzas. With a lake nearby, there's also plenty of open space for hiking, biking, scenic viewing and opportunities for picnicking at the water's edge, and there's nearby historic sites like the the Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum Preserve, the Jensen Alvarado Historic Ranch and the San Timeteo Canyon Schoolhouse. And of course, there's no shortage of attractions and activities even beyond the park. Amenities include: picnic shelters, restrooms, water and nature trails. There's also the Terrace Village RV Park and plenty of tent camping spots to enjoy. Love the outdoors? You'll absolutely enjoy Riverside, and you'll fall in love with camping Riverside.

 

Landmarks

Riverside is known for its arts and culture, but it's also a popular locally and abroad for its excellent preservation of history. With a firm footing in America's military and automotive past, you can expect great museums such as the March Field Air Museum, Mission Inn Museum, Riverside International Automotive Museum and the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. For a look into the art culture of the city and how it compares with more contemporary works, you can visit the Sweeney Art Gallery, an extension of the University of California and the Riverside Art Museum, plus there's the wholly interesting California Citrus State Historic Park Museum, 

Heritage House Museum and The Stahl Center Museum of Culture at the La Sierra University. Regardless of your interests, you're almost guaranteed to be captivated by California's excellent work preserving and exploring its various industries and sections of its past.

Riverside may be smaller than California's other chief cities, but is home to an impressive mix of culture, art, entertainment, food and history. Plus, with such a warm climate and great infrastructure, it's perfect for urban and outdoor adventures, and camping galore. Hope to see you soon!