» USA, California: Riverside – A Short Trip on Your Way Across California
USA, California: Riverside – A Short Trip on Your Way Across California
Our tourist destination today is the city of Riverside, which lies approximately a hundred kilometers east of the megalopolis of Los Angeles. In comparison, it looks like a small suburb with its 300,000 inhabitants. However, if you want to try something other than a traditional overcrowded tourist destination, it is a great cruise destination.
The sidewalks are lined with palm trees and the local architecture is decorated in a beautiful Southern California style. Riverside can't compare with interesting places like Kansas City or Fort Worth and other American cities we have visited so far, but it is definitely worth a day.
Points of interest include Mission Inn, a historic building that combines architectural styles. It looks more like a castle and was built in the 1870s as an accommodation facility. Thanks to the warm climate and economic boom, the hotel experienced a boom in the early 20th century, attracting wealthy travelers and investors from the east coast as well as on the other side of the Great Pond.
The hotel owner, Frank August Miller, who bought the hotel from his father, has been building it for more than 30 years. Meanwhile, he traveled all over the world and carried home the various treasures he then exhibited at his hotel. A long period of completion is known and you will see a mixture of all sorts of ideas, including arcades, medieval clocks, five-storey rotunda, castle towers, catacombs or minarets.
During the more than 140 years of the hotel's existence, a number of prominent guests, including many American presidents, have been here. Ronald Reagan, for example, married here with his Nancy and spent their honeymoon. For example, JFK, Gerald Ford and George W. Bush spent some time here. Albert Einstein, John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie also stayed here.
While Mission Inn stands out as one of the top places to visit in Riverside, it's not the only one. Your attention should not be missed even March Field Air Museum, which exhibits 70 aircraft and thousands of different exhibits associated with aviation. For example, you will see spy planes, bombers, helicopters or unmanned aircraft.
If you want to get to know the local cultural scene, then we have to direct you to the very popular Fox Performing Arts Center, which is the main place to enjoy live music, comedy shows and even various festivals. We also recommend visiting the Riverside Art Museum, which exhibits a permanent collection of some 1,500 works of art covering various genres and types of media.
GPS: 33°58'56.5"N 117°22'23.7"W
Text: Maxim Kucer
Photos: Wikipedia.org: Qwerty510, Greg Blazer, Oleknutlee, ShafferKM, Curimedia
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The city's name sounds interesting, curiosity has not allowed us to miss what it means. The name originates neither in English nor in the native Native American Yokut and Miwok tribes, as is common throughout America but in Spanish. Fresno means ash because ash is the most common tree lining the San Joaquin River, which flows into the Gulf of Suisun.
Today we will visit Fresno again. We will tell you where to go for culture, because perhaps there is no city more in favor of culture in the United States. After all, there are more than a hundred nationalities, making it perhaps the most ethnically diversified city in the US after the largest cities like, for instance, New York.
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Today we continue in our trip in California’s Capital – Sacramento. We are going to leave Chinatown to see the historical district of this city of half million.
In the east of California there is a place which boasts with the highest ever recorded air temperature. It happened in the summer of 193. The temperature attacked shocking 56,3 degrees of Celsius. Just remember how awful it was last summer when 35 degrees was daily temperature in Prague. Also, the highest ever night air temperature was recorded here – 43 °C.
California is the third largest state in the United States. It is the most populous and wealthiest. Almost forty million people live there. They produce 13% of American GDP, i.e. 2.1 trillion dollars (Czech GDP is around 210 billion).
Many Americans want to either live in California or start and build their career there. Was California an independent country, it would be one of the strongest economies in the world. Many innovative companies concentrate in the state (especially in the famous Silicon Valley). You can find here San Francisco – the city of which many songs were written. Americans love it not only for the Golden Gate Bridge but for its atmosphere and culture. There is also one of the most famous prison – Alcatraz.
Before we continue in our tour across super fast rollercoasters we tell you how much this fun costs. And sometimes it is even hard to believe what the park actually tries to sell its customers.
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Great drought, desert landscape, high temperatures - we are in Death Valley national park. It is best to being at a visitor center - there you can get the most important information, map, good advice, and buy the much needed water. There are several visitor centers in the park.
Last week we introduced you the most famous theme park in the world. It radically change the city of Anaheim. Once a sleepy Californian town became one of the most important cities in the state and revolutionized the entertainment industry.
Today we continue in our trip in world famous theme park. We are going to leave Main Street U.S.A. and see other parts of the park.
For the last time we visit the most famous theme park in the world and see what else visitors can experience there.