First Time Tourists Guide in Norco

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Norco is a city in Riverside County, California, the United States

Norco has a Western theme and is also have been described as rural, informal, traditional, rustic, low-profile, and equestrian oriented

There are many interesting places you can visit while you’re here, such as Hidden Valley Wildlife Area, SilverLakes Equestrian and Sports Park, Graffiti Waterfall, Pumpkin Rock, and more

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SIGHTSEEING

Hidden Valley Wildlife Area is one of the best places for relaxing walk and taking pictures. This park is a natural area featuring walking and riding trails. There is also a picnic area, a bird walk, and seasonal events. This park opens daily to the public on Saturday from 10 am-4 pm. A good time relaxing for a weekend.

Hidden Valley Wildlife Area

Great place to ride your mountain bike, hike and ride a horse

Address : 11401 Arlington Ave, Riverside, CA 92505, United States

DOWNTOWN

As one of the most famous places in the city, better not miss this sports venue called SilverLakes Equestrian and Sports Park. This place has things to offer such as an equestrian park, practice field for kids’ soccer, and a 2-story restaurant/bar. Though very pricey, the Amaze light festival and other attractions in it are not to be missed.

SilverLakes Equestrian and Sports Park

a good place to have you're kids play team sports

Address : 5555 Hamner Ave, Corona, CA 92880, United States

SHOPPING

There aren’t many shopping places or malls in this city, but here are some you may be interested in. Hamner Square Shopping Center stands in the middle of Norco’s busiest intersections at Avenue & Second Street. It’s known as a family gathering place. More than 10,000 family gathers here daily. Lots of shops and eateries are here. Taste the menus at Burger King & Pizza Hut, tacos are not to be missed. Don’t miss the anchor 7/11. The location couldn’t be better, it’s centered in one of the Norco’s most bustling shopping area. South West Plaza is another shopping mall in the city. A good place to shop for bath and body products. They also have weekly workshops about bath and body treatment if you are interested.

Hamner Square Shopping Center

A few good shop's

Address : 1825 Hamner Ave, Norco, CA 92860, United States

South West Plaza

Small Plaza with a mix of small shops

Address : 1660 Hamner Ave, Norco, CA 92860, United States

FOOD & DRINK

BBQ and grill are quite famous in this city and you can find these dishes at various restaurants. Enjoy all the delicious grills while having the best cocktail as a company.

CULTURE

Earning the nickname “Horsetown USA,” Norco is known as an animal-keeping and horse-riding oriented community whose residents enjoy over 400 acres of parkland and one of the largest networks of horse trails in the nation.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The temperatures are inconsistent in Norco. But if you’re looking for the warmest time of the year, late August to early September may be the best time for you to visit this city.

HOTEL

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Riverside Corona/Norco is a stylish and inspiring design hotel that has spacious rooms with vibrant lobbies. It offers you modern amenities, 24 four hours freshly brewed coffee, fruit-infused ice water, and a Corner Market for everything snacks. The rooms have luxurious feelings, a comfortable living and sleeping areas. For your enjoyment, the rooms feature warm contemporary artwork, hot and healthy breakfast buffet. An outdoor pool is also there for your entertainment. Howard Johnson by Wyndham Norco is another good recommendation for your stay in the city. Free Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, free breakfast, on-site parking, are just some of the good amenities you can enjoy. Access to top attractions like Norco College, scenic state park, and the LA/Ontario International Airport is pretty easy to reach. The hotel itself is simply beautiful and comforting.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Riverside Corona/Norco

a great hotel wih clean rooms and peaceful

Address : 3441 Hamner Ave, Norco, CA 92860, United States

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Norco

excellent staff, great service, property well maintained

Address : 1695 Hamner Ave, Norco, CA 92860, United States

RESTAURANT

Grab some quick Mexican food at Baja Fish Tacos. Every plate is an experience of deliciousness here. The service is fast and friendly. To keep its name as one of the best restaurants in the city, they use the highest quality of ingredients for its foods. They work with their suppliers to bring high-quality meats and produce to every meal. Their signature menu, Salsas is a must-try. Badlands BBQ is a good recommendation for all meat lovers. Dishes like pulled pork, brisket, and ribs are some favorite dishes ordered by the customers. You need to try their garlic mashed potatoes, it’s delicious.

Baja Fish Tacos

Great place with a simple atmosphere and nice, helpful staff

Address : 2335 Hamner Ave, Norco, CA 92860, United States

Badlands BBQ

Amazing food everything tastes so good portions of great

Address : 120 Hidden Valley Pkwy D, Norco, CA 92860, United States

CAFE

Come to Cowgirl Cafe and enjoy some good American dishes with a country atmosphere and down-home feel. Breakfast is available all day. The weekend can be a busy day in this cafe. Great taste and affordable prices, too. This simple-looking cafe with a nice room is a good place to spend the day while having a good old conversation with your friends and family. Betty Faye’s Cafe is another good place for breakfast. This casual and western-themed setting cafe is serving you American dinner and breakfast all day. A laid-back atmosphere with big portions of food is all for your comfort. Have yourself in awe of the service and the prices.

Cowgirl Cafe

Small comfy place and kind atmosphere

Address : 2859 Hamner Ave, Norco, CA 92860, United States

Betty Faye’s Cafe

Big portions of food,very nice vibe and full of people always

Address : 718 N Main St # 101, Corona, CA 92880, United States

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Things you can enjoy at Water Wheel Saloon & Deli bar are games, fast service, great beer selection, live music, great cocktails, outdoor seating, even sport. Enjoy a great environment with a dance instructor for you who don’t know how to dip and do it. While having a good decor, this bar also has a nice service from its bartender. Before dancing, you can try tasteful foods with great drinks here. With the diverse crowd of its customers, this Slam Dunk Norco bar never feels busy even when full. If you’re new to the city, come to this bar and you’ll feel like home. Because they take care of their visitors very well. This would be a good stop for you.

Water Wheel Saloon & Deli

Awesome spot and great live music

Address : 980 Sixth St, Norco, CA 92860, United States

Slam Dunk Norco

awesome bar, amazingly nice staff

Address : 2854 Hamner Ave, Norco, CA 92860, United States

INTERESTING PLACE

One of the famous places in the city is called Pumpkin Rock. This is an interesting spot for your visit. It only takes a short 5-minute hike up to the Pumpkin Rock, and there are a few other trails, too. This accessible spot is could be very hot in summer, so you may want to bring water and suitable footwear. To avoid slip and slide, don’t wear flat sneakers. And it’s not for children. On the top, you’ll see a huge painted stone, and that is the main spot. Enjoy the stunning view of the city while you’re up there. Be a part of history by coming to Lake Norconian Club. This lake is a formal hotel resort in Norco. It was built in the 1920s. This landmark was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. It was famous for its visitors back in the day. Celebrities like Buster Keaton, Babe Ruth, and Lona Andre were its visitors. Even classic films were filmed at this area. This is an interesting place for you to visit.

Pumpkin Rock

Great place to take in an afternoon hike and unique icon

Address : 3402 Vandermolen Dr, Norco, CA 92860, United States

Lake Norconian Club

one of historical landmarks

Address : State of California Radio Tower, State Prison Fifth St. & Western Ave, Fifth St, Norco, CA 92860, United States

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

There is a small place in this city called Norco Powerhouse. With the smallness of it, you can actually capture some interesting pictures. The walls of this house are painted beautifully by the locals. This is such a good place for taking picture. Get creative and see yourself in awe of this beautiful place named Graffiti Waterfall. What unique and so Instagrammable about this place is the stone cliffs are painted with colorful ink. This is an exciting journey for you and your camera. Some tips though; go in the morning to avoid the heat, park near the residential or Lake Hills Reserve sign on Lincoln and be careful when you’re climbing the rocks.