Zoom-Zoom & Mountain Fun: San Bernardino to Ontario

Hi-octane thrills, pine-scented forests, mountain lakes—enjoy it all on this action-packed road trip.

Trip length: 3 days
Total distance: 330mi/532km

SAN BERNARDINO Visit the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum for train memorabilia. Shift gears to learn about Ancient Egypt at the Fullerton Museum of Art . INFO San Bernardino Convention & Visitors Bureau ; 800/867-8366

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

REDLANDS (38mi/61km; 1hr 2min). Learn about Civil War history at Lincoln Memorial Shrine . Visit A.K. Smiley Public Library , an architectural gem with an excellent children’s section. INFO Redlands Chamber of Commerce ; 909/793-2546

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

CORONA (39mi/63km; 40min). Get messy at Club Mud, part of Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa south of town. On weekends, ride mini-tractors at nearby Tom’s Farms . INFO Inland Empire Tourism Council .

RIVERSIDE (13mi/21km; 17min). Board a flying saucer and other rides at Castle Park , then check out real flying objects at March Field Air Museum . INFO Riverside Convention & Visitors Bureau ; 888/748-7733

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