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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 88%Green Travelers
- 79%Spiritual Seekers
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- Victoria GardensMember ofBudget TravelersFoodiesWellnessLuxury Travelers
Victoria Gardens- The-what-the-hell-is-there-to-do-in-the-IE-MALL!!
The "IE" also known as the Inland Empire. Yes, if you are from LA or the OC you wouldn't (or would be) caught dead out there. You really aren't missing much. I've heard its called the "Armpit of Southern California". In the IE"s defense the SMOG is all secondhand thanks to LA and the mountains in the IE not letting the Smog escape. Most people probably will never get farther east than the 15 Freeway, but that's okay!!! because on your way to Las Vegas you will pass by this mall on the left.
There really isn't anything to do in Riverside. You can hit up the Tyler mall for no reason. You can visit sacred Indian land and make a donation to Casino Morongo or San Manuel Casino. You can go to the lame Ontario Mills that everyone knows about, but doesn't actually like. Try out the new Victoria Gardens! Well it was new when I first went X amount of years ago in college.
The best way to describe the VG concept is to take the Santa Monica Promenade/ Downtown idea and mix it with some Outdoor OC mall like The District and then minus the glamor and prestige and then Ghetto-side it! ("And Then and Then and Then. NO AND THEN!"- Dude Where's My Car. ) It truly does look like a downtown area. It is very difficult to drive though the middle, so they got that part of LA right. I just feel like something is off about this place... Let me give you a good analogy of this feeling.. Let's say I want to travel the world and see all of the best of Europe and Asia, but instead of traveling I go to Disney World. That is what this place is to a Real Mall experience.
With all the joking and hating a side.. I still am a fan of this place. It's a like a little Oasis in the middle of the desert. You may not escape the 100 plus degree weather of the IE, but at least you can for a moment have a taste of the good life. There is nothing wrong with this place. It has a good selection of stores that people will actually shop at and not just Window Shop. It's better than most Outlet malls. Even if you go there just to watch a movie it beats watching it at Ontario or other theaters in the area. Parking near the theater can suck so make sure to get there early.
Every since leaving Riverside, I have never gone back here, but I do think about this place and how it helped UCR Highlanders escape The Riverside that has NO RIVER! So, I will wave and blow a kiss next time I'm on my way to Vegas. If you live in the IE, Just GO HERE! No excuses. If you live far away, maybe go it's up to you. If you have a shopping itch and won money in Vegas cruise in to this mall to try it out.
- Victoria GardensMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11
Victoria Gardens is a pleasant, new style suburban shopping mall in Rancho Cucamonga, designed to be like a small town with streets and shops, instead of the large parking lot surrounding an enclosed bubble, like the 1970's design malls.
It is in the style of Bay Street and Santana Row in the Bay Area, which is much more pleasant, especially with the good weather here in the Inland Empire.
- Victoria GardensMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2First to Review
One of my favorite shopping centers in the area. Victoria Gardens boasts a scenic setting that can be pulled out of a Norman Rockwell sketch. This outdoors shopping mall is best visited during the early morning or evening hours during the summer. Otherwise, when the weather is favorable, take a stroll with your sweetheart along the streets into your favorite stores like Apple, Coach, Pottery Barn, or Macys.