With its inviting destinations and uncrowded wilderness, this region feels like an insider’s secret amid the bustling excitement of Southern California. Surprising alpine scenery around Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear beckons, with pine-scented trails in summer and winter sports when the snow falls. Drive along legendary Route 66 in San Bernardino County or feel the adrenaline rush of seeing the world’s best NASCAR racers compete at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Shop for bargains at Ontario Mills. For a dreamier escape, float in a hot-air balloon above rolling Temecula Valley wine country.