Here we are enjoying a beautiful piece of history in Spain…naht! This National Historic Landmark is right here in our city. The Mission Inn has welcomed some notable guests, including Albert Einstein, Andrew Carnegie, and John D. Rockefeller. This place is a must see, Highlanders! #UCRiverside #UCR #HighlanderTravels

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If you don’t have an Instagram, I’m really not sure what you do in your spare time. Well, okay, there are plenty of things to do, but with me being a photo fiend, I can’t seem to get my finger off the Instagram button on my iPhone.

Because I know most of you may have a similar addiction, I decided to make Instagramming a little more…beneficial. The @lifeatucr Instagram account is holding a summer-long photo contest. Our winners will be awarded with some great UCR gear, as well as the publication of their photo on our Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram account.

Are you interested yet? Here’s how it works: 

1. Snap a photo of your summer travels and try to incorporate some UCR pride or spirit into your photo
2. Upload your photo onto Instagram 
3. Hashtag your photo with #highlandertravels and #ucr (make sure your profile is public so we can view your submission!) 

That’s it! Easy, isn’t it? Now, we know many of our Highlanders are busy working or taking classes, and aren’t necessarily traveling outside of the state or the country. That’s fine! You can even “travel” to Downtown Riverside! We just want to see how you’re spending your summer and how you show your UCR pride, even when you’re not on campus! 

Get to snapping, Highlanders! The winners will be announced the first week of school.



A beautiful day in Downtown Riverside! There’s so much to explore! Be sure to tag us in your #highlandertravels while you explore new places this summer! #UCR #UCRiverside

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Can we get a drum roll please? Our first place winner of the #HighlanderTravels contest is @davemwats with this amazing photo from Oneonta Gorge, Oregon. Breathtaking isn’t it?

Please respond with your email so you can collect your prize!

Thank you for all of the beautiful photo submissions this summer. We love seeing our Highlanders get creative while they explore new places! #UCR #UCRiverside

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