Riverside is the fourth largest county in California and the 10th largest in the United States. It covers more than 7,300 square miles and is home to 2.4 million residents. 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.
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