At just under eighty-two square miles and just over three hundred thousand residents, Riverside is easy to find. With dozens of parks, hiking trails, and preserved open spaces, it can be hard to leave. The city does not merely boast a vibrant city center, but centers! The western and northern sections capture the rural heritage with its historic greenbelt. The eastern and southern sections are more densely populated and reflect the area's more recent history as an education and economic hub for the Inland Empire. Decades ago, Riverside grew under the shadow of Los Angeles, starting as little more than a pit stop along the road from LA to Palm Springs for Hollywood celebrities. From these humble origins, Riverside is now an arts and innovation corridor. By car, by foot, or bicycle, the city has an eclectic collection of artisan shops, regional foods, and one of a kind things to see. 100 Things to Do in Riverside, CA Before You Die is your local guide that cuts to the chase, saves you time and shows you what's unique, fun, and simply worth doing in Riverside.
About the Author
Larry Burns is a writer, artist, and teacher who has called Riverside home since 1994. Larry is a community leader and unapologetic booster, raising awareness and money to expand the business and arts communities. Larry is a founding member of the Inlandia Institute, which publishes local writers and promotes the arts through organized events and writing classes across the Inland Empire.