DescriptionSince rich soil and mild climate made it the ideal location for cultivating navel oranges, Riverside grew rapidly. By 1895 Riverside, then the metropolitan center of Southern California, was the wealthiest city per capita in the nation. The 1873 Parent Navel Orange Tree is at the corner of Magnolia and Arlington avenues. Every navel orange grown in the state is a descendant of this tree.
The citrus industry remains vital to the economy and is under constant scrutiny by the strong agricultural curriculum at the University of California at Riverside, on the east edge of town.
Historic Downtown Riverside occupies the heart of the city's original Mile Square, which boasts more than 25 historic buildings including The Mission Inn Museum. The Spanish Renaissance-style old City Hall was used from 1924 until 1975. The Riverside Art Museum , 3425 Mission Inn Ave., occupies a 1929 Beaux-Arts building designed by Julia Morgan, architect of William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon estate; phone (951) 684-7111.
Riverside National Cemetery is 921 beautifully landscaped acres at 22495 Van Buren Blvd., next to March Air Reserve Base and is home to a carillon, Medal of Honor Memorial, Fallen Soldier/Veterans' Memorial, and Prisoner of War/Missing in Action National Memorial. The grounds are open daily 8 am to sunset.
Chino Hills State Park, in the hills of the Santa Ana Canyon near Riverside, includes 14,102 acres of rolling land dotted with oaks and sycamores. In addition to more than 65 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, there is also a camping area; phone (951) 780-6222.
InfoOfficeRiverside Convention & Visitors Bureau 3637 Fifth St. Riverside, CA 92501. Phone:(951)346-4700 or (888)748-7733
ShoppingGalleria at Tyler, at the Tyler Street intersection of Riverside Freeway (SR 91), contains a JCPenney, Macy's and Nordstrom as well as 145 specialty shops and eateries.