For a taste of California history, take an hour drive east from Los Angeles and into San Bernardino, CA. Not only was the original McDonald’s opened in San Bernardino, but the city was once an important trading post on the Spanish Trail in the mid-1800s. At the end of the 19th century, railroad companies like Santa Fe and Southern Pacific made San Bernardino the hub of their Southern California operations. It was an ideal location and its proximity to the San Bernardino mountains made for beautiful scenery.
San Bernardino boasts over 40 parks for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. It is also home to the Empire 66ers, a Class A affiliate of the Anaheim Angels professional baseball team. With a mix of recreational activities and historical places to visit, San Bernardino has much to offer travelers.
Just a short 25-minute drive from downtown San Bernardino is Crestline, home to Lake Gregory. Crestline is considered by many as the gateway to recreational activities of the San Bernardino National Forest because it is the closest mountain resort to the cities of Southern California. Local shops and dining, as well as lake activities like boating and swimming, make the short drive to Crestline well worth it.
Originally a four-day event, the Route 66 Rendezvous will once again be hosted in downtown San Bernardino this October. This classic car show began in 1990 and ran for 22 years before losing its funding in 2002. This year, the city offered to help bring back a one-day Rendezvous on October 1st. There will be food vendors, activities for kids, two beer gardens, and hundreds of custom and classic cars to see.
If you’re a fast food fanatic, you’ll want to stop by the McDonald’s museum located at 1398 N E St. in San Bernardino. The museum marks the site of the nation’s first McDonald’s. Visitors can see antique happy meal toys, memorabilia, and take a few minutes for some neat photos. The museum is free to visit.
California State University San Bernardino is a 15-minute drive from downtown San Bernardino. The university was named a 2014 Best College in the Western Region by Princeton Review and its division II athletic teams compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Head over to campus and watch the women’s volleyball team try for their 7th CCAA title.
Less than an hour away lies Mount San Antonio, referred to by many as Mt. Baldy, the highest peak of the San Gabriel Mountains. It also takes the position as the highest point in Los Angeles County, California. A National Forest adventure pass is required if parking at many of the trailheads and can be purchased for $5 at any Big 5 Sporting Goods store or the Mt. San Antonio Ranger Station.
An hour’s drive northeast will take you to Big Bear Lake, a great place to go on hikes, bike around the 23-mile shoreline of the lake, or hit the downtown area for dining and shopping. Recreational activities are available year-round and range from parasailing and jet skiing to snow skiing and tubing. Every year, the annual Oktoberfest draws in a crowd to experience brats, beers and dancing.
Tripping.com offers rentals ranging from lakeside homes in Crestline to hotel rooms right in the heart of San Bernardino. Whether you’re looking to get away from the city and hang out by the lake or you’re hitting up the classic car show, Tripping.com offers options for you to choose.
If you’re taking a family trip to Lake Gregory, select a rental that fits your family’s needs. You can stay in a cabin that has an outdoor patio and bunk beds for the kids, is in walking distance to the lake, and is fully equipped with a television and cable. Or, if you feel like unplugging from the real world a bit, choose a rental that’s set among nature and receives no cell phone service.
From Los Angeles, hop on 105 East and follow signs for San Bernardino. The drive should take about an hour and a half, traffic permitting. While in the city, you can drive a car or use San Bernardino’s public transportation option, Omnitrans, to get around. Bus passes are sold by the day, week, and month, so be sure to choose a time that works best for you.
Looking for a vacation rental in San Bernardino? Tripping.com has 1128 vacation rental homes available in San Bernardino. You'll find 2 studios, 406 1-bedroom, 119 2-bedroom and 601 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $38 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in San Bernardino is $288 while the average price of a weekly rental is $4492. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a San Bernardino home is $16105.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 315 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in San Bernardino. In addition to accommodating pets, San Bernardino rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 863 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 938 have TV and/or cable and 164 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 8 vacation rental sites in San Bernardino where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and Expedia. There are 423 HomeAway rentals, 239 TripAdvisor short term rentals and 175 Expedia vacation rentals.