Riverside, California is a much cheaper alternative for those who want to visit the famous Californian beaches. Hotels in Riverside cost 46 percent less than in L.A., for instance, with an average room per night rate of $91.14. Long Beach, L.A., the vineyards of Temecula Valley and Disneyland are all less than an hour away so tourists can enjoy all the hot spots without spending their entire savings on vacation. If you don’t want to travel, there are plenty of attractions in Riverside, some of them free, such as the California Citrus State Historic Park. The average cost of a meal out is $29.01.