Exploring the Inland Empire – Riverside and Redlands, CA

Our little crew recently set out on an adventure to visit some family in the Inland Empire, CA.  While we were visiting, we took the opportunity to do some poking around.  Here are some of the wonders we beheld while exploring the Inland Empire – Riverside and Redlands, CA.

Our first outing was to Riverside.  We were met with a drizzle which was a welcome event considering the endless summer we left behind in Arizona (yes, it’s still pretty warm in October and we are over it).  Our first stop was Back to the Grind Coffee shop.  It’s a wonderful shop full of art and great atmosphere.

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Back out on the streets, public art and old architecture provide many treats for the eyeballs.

Owl Mural in Riverside, CA Riverside Church tower Chinese Pavilion Riverside, California Stone Lion Riverside California Sun Dial with zodiac Riverside California Shepard Fairey banner on Riverside City Hall Riverside City Hall architecture Changing minds in Riverside, CA Eliza Tibbets sculpture in Downtown Riverside CAAfter exploring the streets for a while, we decided to check out the Riverside Metropolitan Museum which was conveniently free!

Spirit Collection at Riverside Metropolitan Museum Goat Skull at Riverside Metropolitan Museum Deer Skull at Riverside Metropolitan Museum Hopi basket at Riverside Metropolitan Museum
Hopi Kachina at Riverside Metropolitan Museum

Our next outing was to the quaint city of Redlands.  The downtown was fun to explore.  One of the highlights for us was the comic store A Shop Called Quest which was loaded with interesting comics, books, toys, and art.

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Walking outside also provided many visual treats.

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The last stop in Redlands was Prospect Park for a burrito picnic and wandering.

View at Prospect Park Redlands CA

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Redwood and ferns at Prospect Park Redlands CA

I hope you enjoyed exploring Riverside and Redlands, CA with us.  We love poking around new and old places and sharing them with you.