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California is the most populous state of the United States. Located on the Pacific coast of North America, it is bordered by Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico. California is known for its pleasant climate and ethnically diverse population. The name California is most commonly believed derived from a storied paradise peopled by black Amazons and ruled by Queen Califia.

Riverside is the county seat of Riverside County, California, United States and is also a focus city of the Greater Los Angeles Area. As of the 2005 census, the city had a total population of 305,255 inhabitants making it the largest city in the Inland Empire region, the 12th largest municipality in the state of California, and among the 50 largest cities in the United States.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 203.0 square kilometers. As of the census of 2000, there were 255,166 people with 82,005 households and 58,141 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,261.5 per square kilometers. The city was founded in the early 1870s beside the Santa Ana River by John W. North, a staunch temperance minded abolitionist from Tennessee, who had previously founded Northfield, Minnesota.

Riverside is home to the University of California, Riverside. The University of California, Riverside, and Botanic Gardens contains 40 acres of unusual plants, with four miles of walking trails. The city prides itself on its historic connection to the navel orange, which was introduced to North America from Brazil by the first settlers to Riverside in 1873.

Riverside is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in California worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place leaves a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justifies the proud cultural tradition of California.

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