UC Riverside

In the Heart of Southern California

The Mission Inn, downtown Riverside.

Great Things to Do and See

Whether you want to hop in your car and see the sights, or stay close to home here in Riverside, there are plenty of things to do and see. From the desert to the sea, all of Southern California is within reach.

The city of Riverside's website has great listings of  things to do, the city's thriving arts community, places to shop and eat, and more!

Our location puts us within an easy drive of:

  • Beaches throughout Southern California.
  • Mountain resorts, including those at Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead.
  • Palm Springs and many the desert recreational areas.
  • World famous amusement parks such as Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm.
  • Great shopping, including the Ontario Mills Mall, Victoria Gardens Shopping Complex and the Promanade at Dos Lagos.

Right Here in Riverside!

  • The Mission Inn
  • Riverside Plaza
  • Riverside Metropolitan Museum
  • Sweeney Art Gallery
  • Tyler Mall
  • UCR ARTS Block
  • UCR/California Museum of Photography
  • University Village
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Newport Beach is a short drive away.

Snowboarding in Big Bear

Many students enjoy snowboarding in the local mountains.

View of the Mission InnEnlarge

Riverside's Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is a National Historic Landmark.

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University Village is right next to campus.

Less than an hour away!MilesMinutes
Auto Club Speedway (Fontana) 17 23
Victoria Gardens (shopping and cinemas) 18 25
Hyundai Pavilion (Devore) 24 27
Angels' Stadium (Baseball) 36 36
Disneyland (Anaheim) 36 40
Snow Valley Mountain Resort 40 45
Knott's Berry Farm (Orange County) 41 43
Newport Beach (Orange County) 47 50
Huntington Beach (Surf City USA) 51 56
Palm Springs 56 58
Staples Center (Los Angeles) 56 60
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles) 56 60

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