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Innertube Racing at Big Bear Lake
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Snow parks offer lift-assisted sledding and tubing, day and night

For a lot of people, the winter scene around Big Bear Lake may be the first snow they have ever seen—and the first chance to go tubing and sledding. You’ll see every shape and size person, from little kids to grandparents, whooping and hollering as they bounce down the region’s snow-park hills on inner tubes or swoosh down in sleds. Chairlifts and Magic Carpet lifts make it easy to ride back up to the top and do it all over again.

At Big Bear Snow Play, zoom down a hill that used to be the Rebel Ridge ski area, and is now the site of the longest snow-tubing runs in Southern California. For after-dark fun at Snow Summit ski resort, try the Grizzly Ridge Tubing Park, with lighted runs and tubes labeled as “high-speed”—if that’s a good thing! At the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain, whoosh bobsled-style down a winding flume; there’s a tubing hill too, open for daytime and nighttime sessions.

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Mountain biking in Big Bear Lake

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With its inviting destinations and uncrowded wilderness, this region feels like an insider’s secret amid the bustling excitement of Southern California.

Mount San Gorgonio—nicknamed “Old Grayback”—is the tallest peak in Southern California, at 11,502 feet/3,506 metres.

Surprising alpine scenery around Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear beckons, with pine-scented trails in summer and winter sports when the snow flies. If you’re into action, get the adrenaline rush of seeing the world’s best NASCAR racers compete at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. For a dreamier escape, float in a hot-air balloon above rolling Temecula Valley wine country. 

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Big Bear Lake

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Get your kicks on America’s legendary highway

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The first Balloon and Wine Festival was launched in the spring of 1984 and was a monumental success for a town of only 9,000 residents. More than 4,000 people attended, as 35 balloons were launched from the Rancho California Plaza.
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Inland Empire Outlets

Find bargains on brand names at major outlet centres

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Old world romance, contemporary comforts

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San Bernardino Museums

Discover local and natural history and see art from around the world at area museums

Two local museums let you experience everything from the natural side of the Inland Empire to the treasures of ancient Egypt.

The San...

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Idyllwild

Nature and the arts find a perfect balance in this quaint mountain hamlet

Backed by mountain wilderness and filled with galleries, Idyllwild is a haven for both outdoor recreation and the arts.

Steep forested...

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San Bernardino National Forest is the largest urban forest in the United States.
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Lake Arrowhead

Escape to an exclusive mountain haven

The drive from San Bernardino to Lake Arrowhead is a quick one—just 23 miles/37 km. But as you twist and climb from the busy valley and into the...