Although it is technically part of the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, the city of Riverside, California sits about an hour directly east of bustling L.A in a region known as Inland Empire. The city of Riverside is located in the perfect spot and offers the nature and adventure-seeking visitor a wide variety of destinations that are perfect for day trips. Riverside is probably best known for its role in starting the California citrus industry. In 1871, settlers in the southern California town planted two orange trees, and thus began the citrus boom of California’s agricultural industry. In fact, one of those two trees still stands proudly in Riverside today. So whether you’re looking to do some hiking, or maybe you just want a really fresh glass of orange juice, when you book an RV in Riverside County, you can experience all that this citrusy California city has to offer.
Because Riverside is technically part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, there are commuter rails you can take to get to Los Angeles for a day of play. However, if you want to explore Riverside, there are 34 routes operated by the Riverside Transit Authority. Just look for the bright red, white, and blue buses and they’ll be able to get you all around Riverside and to the adjacent towns of Banning, Beaumont, and Corona.
As you begin soaking up the sun on your hiking tour around southern California, you will see some of the most stunning vistas and glorious sunsets you could ever imagine.
The Great Outdoors
There is so much exploring to be done in Riverside’s own backyard, you’ll be blown away by your options. Riverside is flanked on the northwest side by Mount Rubidoux, creating a glorious backdrop for the city. The summit itself is a fairly easy climb and provides you with two trail options: a slower, gradual climb and a quicker, but steeper climb. Regardless of which path you choose, the views awaiting you at the top are splendid. You will be treated to panoramic vistas of the Santa Ana River, Riverside, and the surrounding deserts.
If you want something a little more shaded, and an excuse to drive that Riverside camper rental, then pack up and head to the Angeles National Forest. Just 45 minutes north of Riverside, you can hike along the 176-mile segment of the Pacific Crest Trail that runs through the park, go kayaking in one of the park’s lakes, or spend the evening fishing and watch the sun sink below the horizon. If that sounds like the perfect day, stay awhile with the Riverside RV rental by owner at one of campsites with hookups available here.
If you’re really looking to challenge your mountain hiking capabilities, then the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument is the place for you. Located about an hour and a half southeast of Riverside, near Palm Desert, this glorious mountain range beckons slightly more experienced hikers to conquer its many peaks. Depending on the season you go, you may be greeted with colorful wildflowers or snow-capped mountains, but no matter what, you will be graced with unforgettable sunrises and sunsets in some of the western desert’s most breathtaking landscapes.
If you don’t want to camp at one of the surrounding state or national parks, there are several RV parks where you can stay in your travel trailer rental near Riverside. One such popular spot, just north of town, is the Terrace Village RV Park. Each of the 53 sites comes equipped with power and WiFi access and is pet-friendly! Also just to the north of town is the Mission RV Park. This park is also pet-friendly and comes with power hookups and WiFi access. Additionally, the park works in conjunction with a cleaning service you can hire to clean your RV if you’re in the middle of a particularly long trip.
Exploring the City
When you decide that you can’t hike another mountain, look to downtown Riverside. The pedestrian-friendly bustling atmosphere is perfect if you’re looking for a night out on the town. You can stop in at one of the many restaurants or admire the various styles of architecture you can find throughout the city.
Riverside isn’t just a nightlife town, though. There is plenty to do in the city during the day. If you have kids to entertain, maybe spend the day at Castle Park. The amusement and water park duo is filled with rides, slides, miniature golf, and performances. If you’re looking for something a little more educational, why not try the March Field Air Museum? You can learn about the history of flight and aviation warfare while looking at real planes on display. The museum boasts a collection of almost 80 historic planes, each with its own fascinating story to tell. The March Field Air Museum is sure to dazzle and inspire any young pilot in training.
If you’re looking for something a bit faster paced, head just an hour west to Los Angeles. If you are willing to brave the traffic, you can enjoy sightseeing, celebrity spotting, and the typical southern California lifestyle in L.A. When in doubt, there’s always Disneyland, if you don’t mind the inevitable Disney music that will be playing throughout your Riverside RV rental post-park visit.
No matter what you choose to do as you explore the wilds of southern California with the Riverside motorhome rental, be sure to hit one of the pubs that are gaining popularity in the area. You can get a nice steak or seafood sandwich, a citrusy dessert, a local brew or glass of wine, and feel like part of the community.
Riverside, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
There are many popular rentals in Riverside. Outdoorsy's Riverside RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.