Introduction to Indio, California
Indio, California is 43 miles E of Hemet, California (center to center) and 69 miles E of Riverside, California. It is in Riverside county. The city is part of the Riverside - San Bernardino metro area. The population of Indio is 49,116.
Before the 1800s, Indio was the site a Cahuilla village called Teikweit, and according to the 'History of the Coachella Valley Water District', Indio is the Spanish term for Indian. A Southern Pacific Railroad construction boss, A.G. Tingman, laid the foundation of the city of Indio in 1894. Indio was the halfway point between Yuma, Arizona and Los Angeles, and the railroad played a major role in the growth and advancement of this city.
Indio and nearby Attractions
- Coachella Valley Museum & Cultural Center
- Golden Pot/ Desert Lake
- Thousand Palm Canyon Wash
- Rancho Casa Blanca Recreational Vehicle Park
- Trinity Baptist Church
- Indio Fashion Mall Shopping Center
Things To Do In Indio
The Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival are internationally famous festivals held in Indio in February every year. The Date Festival is a celebration of the Indio's main harvest time for date fruits. Besides, the Indio International Tamale Festival held every December is also a world famous festival. Apart from these, the city is also known for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and the Southwest Arts Festival. The Hispanic culture of the city finds expression in the annual Cinco de Mayo event. Indio's rich cultural heritage is reflected in the museums and cultural centers. Religious minded visitors can take a tour of the churches that throng the streets of Indio. There are numerous amusement parks and shopping centers that provide entertainment facilities for both adults and kids alike. The city also has a few beautiful, pristine lakes that visitors can take a tour of.
Palm Springs International Airport serves the area.
Indio Higher Education
The University Of California-Riverside is the local university.