Chocolate Mountain Range

Training facility used for practice courses in bombing and aerial gunning
California

Weather/Climate
 
In Riverside, the summers are hot, arid, and clear and the winters are long, cool, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 43°F to 94°F and is rarely below 36°F or above 103°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Riverside for warm-weather activities is from late May to mid October.
 
In Imperial, the summers are sweltering and arid, the winters are cool and dry, and it is mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 42°F to 107°F and is rarely below 34°F or above 113°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit Imperial for hot-weather activities are from early June to late July and from mid August to late September.
Cost of Living
 
The cost of living index in Riverside, CA is 122, which is 12% lower than the California average and 22% higher than that for the entire country. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. The cost of retail goods and services in Riverside, CA are 1% lower than the average for California and 8% higher than the rest of the country.
 
The overall cost of living index in Imperial, CA is 104, which is 25% lower than the California average and 4% higher than the national average. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Imperial, CA are 15% lower than the California average and 6% lower than the national average.
Getting to Know the Area
 
Imperial County includes the El Centro, California Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is also part of the Southern California border region, the smallest but most economically diverse region in the state. It is located in the Imperial Valley, in the far southeast of California, bordering both Arizona and Mexico.  Imperial Valley Expo & fairgrounds is home to the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta which is the local county fair, held in late February to early March and known throughout North America. It is also home to the Imperial Valley Speedway, a race track of 3⁄8 mile (600 m). A unique attraction of the town of Felicity is the Museum of History in Granite. The museum exhibits granite monuments made from Missouri Red Granite. Each is 100 feet (30 m) long. Subjects include a Korean War Memorial, History of Arizona, The Wall for the Ages and the eight monument History of Humanity. The History of the United States of America Dedication is on Washington’s Birthday 2014.
 
Riverside County is included in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, also known as the Inland Empire. The county is also included in the Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA Combined Statistical Area. Mission Inn Museum is a  nonprofit Museum and Foundation which preserves, interprets, and promotes the history of the National Historic Landmark Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. California Citrus State Historic Park 300-acre park preserves some of the rapidly vanishing cultural landscape of the citrus industry and tells the story of this industry’s role in the history and development of California. Fruit Tastings at the Visitor Center/Museum Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, please stop by our museum/visitor center.

Events

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