Hi-octane thrills, pine-scented forests, mountain lakes—enjoy it all on this action-packed road trip.
Trip length: 3 days
LAKE ARROWHEAD (23mi/37km; 38min). Ride the Lake Arrowhead Queen paddlewheel boat. Learn about Native American history at the Mountain History Museum . INFO Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce ; 909/337-3715
BIG BEAR LAKE (25mi/40km; 49min). See eagles and other native wildlife at Big Bear Alpine Zoo . Ride a zipline, or rent a boat at Big Bear Marina . INFO Big Bear Lake Resort Association ; 800/424-4232
IDYLLWILD (47mi/75km; 1hr 6min). Stop by Idyllwild Nature Center for trail maps to explore surrounding forestlands. Tour galleries in this charming mountain village. INFO Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce ; 951/659-3259
TEMECULA (56mi/91km; 1hr12min). Get a taste of local products at Temecula Olive Oil Company in Old Town, and lollipops and jawbreakers at classic Old Town Sweet Shop . INFO Visit Temecula Valley ; 888/363-2852
FONTANA (15mi/24km; 24min). See top racers at Auto Club Speedway . A Pre-Race Pit Pass provides special access for ages 18 and up; littler race fans can join Lefty’s Kids Club for bonus activities. INFO Auto Club Speedway; 909/429-5000
ONTARIO (14mi/23km; 20min). Lap your own electric mini race car at K1 Speed indoor racetrack. Shop for bargains at more than 200 stores, including Disney and Michael Kors, at Ontario Mills Mall . INFO Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau ; 800/455-5755