Mission Inn is a very pretty, historic inn to stay at.  It has wonderful steak and Mexican restaurants, as well as a lively courtyard restaurant.  Many weddings occur at the church that is part of the inn. It is an impressive architecture building with a historic past - so much so, they offer regular tours of the hotel.  At Christmas it is festively decorated. Many people come to see the place totally "decked" out for the holidays.   When they turn on the lights (Thanksgiving week-end), they have a real festival complete with band music and an impressive fireworks show.   It is a beautiful place to both visit and stay. Many of the US Presidents have journeyd and/or stayed here.  Mission Inn is registered as a National Historic Landmark Hotel.

 

Also check out the:

March Field Museum 

Riverside Art Musuem.

Botanical Gardens at UC Riverside.

California Museum of Photography

California Citrus State Park

Castle Park

Downtown Riverside

Galleria at Tyler

Jensen-Alvarado Ranch

Jurupa Mountains Cultural Center

Mount Rubidoux

Movie Drive-In @ Van Buren

Riverside Municipal Musuem's Heritage House

Riverside Plaza

Riverside Youth Theatre

 

Places to eat:

Old Spaghetti Factory

Cabin Sushi

 

Tip: check out the UC Riverside Website...for events (forums, cultural events, speakers series, etc)