Big Bear has long been an escape for Southern California locals, but word is getting out and people from all over are traveling to this gorgeous destination for snow in the mountains or fun on the lake. The official name of the city and the lake it sits on is Big Bear Lake. It's such a popular destination year-round that one weekend can attract over 100,000 visitors!
Big Bear Lake was inhabited by the Serrano Indians long before it was "discovered" by explorer Benjamin Wilson. It gets its name from the once native grizzly bear, but is now only home to black bears. Thanks to the world's second bus line traveling from San Bernadino to Big Bear Valley, Big Bear Lake became the first mountain recreation area in Southern California.
When it comes to recreation, Big Bear has everything you could imagine. Take a hike or bike ride through the forest to get up close and personal with nature. You might even catch a glimpse of a deer! The lake itself is stuffed with trout, bass, and catfish, but if you're not interested in fishing, you can partake in other water activities like kayaking or wakeboarding. Come during the winter to get transported to a winter wonderland. Skiers and snowboarders love Big Bear for its groomed powdery trails. You can also snowshoe through the forest or race inner tubes in the snow play area. No matter what time of year you visit, Big Bear promises a great time!
Not too far east of Big Bear lies Palm Springs. With 354 days of sunshine per year, Palm Springs is your go-to destination for relaxing in the sun. Hit the pool or the spa, and maybe spot a celebrity or two. If you didn't see enough stars in Palm Springs, how about going to Hollywood for the day? There are so many things to do in Los Angeles that you might want to stay for more than just a day. Find your favorite celebrity's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame or get a picture perfect view of the Hollywood sign from the Griffith Park Observatory.
Big Bear has more vacation rentals available than traditional hotels, making your options completely limitless. Choosing between vacation rentals gives you flexibility on location as well as the type of accommodations. Choose from condos, cabins, or homes. If you're looking for a cozy mountain experience, check out Big Bear Frontier Cabins. The resort overlooks the lake and is only 2.3 miles from Snow Summit. Pine Knot Guest Ranch is also a great option.
Traveling to Big Bear is easy via CA-18 which goes straight through town and around the south coast of the Lake. If you would rather not drive yourself, Mountain Transit services the entire area of Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino and Lake Arrowhead. They even offer a trolley on weekends to the Alpine Slide, Village, Moonridge Zoo/Bear Mountain, Interlaken Shopping Center, and many local hotels and restaurants. While having your own car will give you the most flexibility, public transportation make traveling around Big Bear a breeze.
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