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Rim of the World Scenic Byway

This lovely thoroughfare, located just two hours from Los Angeles leads you through a four-season wonderland for skiers and wildlife watchers.

Start:San Bernardino
End:Big Bear Discovery Center
1 - 3Days,6Stops,64Miles
San Bernardino
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Lake Arrowhead
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Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa
Big Bear Mountain Resort
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Rim Nordic Ski Area
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Big Bear Discovery Center
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Stop 1

San Bernardino

290 N D St, San Bernardino

Two museums offer a peaceful and interesting interlude in this Inland Empire City. The San Bernardino County Museum offers a look at the area’s past, with exhibits of Native American crafts, and displays of mining equipment, timber wagons and a steam train that helped build the Inland Empire. The museum also commemorates the area’s citrus heritage and celebrates its natural environment with desert gardens and The Exploration Station, a gallery with live animals.

At Cal State University San Bernardino, the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art spans the millennia. It boasts more than 500 artefacts tracing 4,000 years of Egyptian history, as well impressive collections of ancient Mediterranean ceramics and contemporary art.

Stop 2

Lake Arrowhead

27984 Hwy 189, Lake Arrowhead

In the nearly mile-high mountain town of Lake Arrowhead you can gaze out over the azure waters from your own private hot tub at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa. Rustic and elegant, the resort puts you in the heart of the village and near restaurants such as the Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen, which, in addition to providing fantastic lake views, keeps a wide range of Californian craft beers on tap. The sausage selection spans the globe, from Irish bangers to traditional Chicago hotdogs with all of the accompaniments, though plenty of regulars go for the fish and chips. Just steps away, you can get out on the water for narrated tours aboard the Lake Arrowhead Queen, a paddlewheeler that cruises past the lake’s beautiful waterfront homes.

Stop 4

Big Bear Mountain Resort

39707 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake

Whether you’re into skiing, snowboarding or mountain biking, it’s all about gravity at Big Bear Mountain Resort, home to the twin hills of Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. The lifts climb to 8,200 feet/2,500 metres at Snow Summit, while Bear Mountain is a haven for snowboarders, thanks to Southern California’s only halfpipes. Finish your day with some top-of-the-world dining at the Himalayan Restaurant, which serves authentic Indian and Nepalese cuisine, including traditional dishes such as garlic chicken sekuwa.

Plan your visit


Rim Nordic Ski Area

35050 CA-18, Running Springs

Cross-country skiers can explore 13 miles of groomed trails through the snowy woods. In summer, Rim Nordic morphs into a mountain bike park with plenty of single-track routes.

Stop 6

Big Bear Discovery Center

39707 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake

Although it’s best known for skiing and snowboarding, you don’t have to be a downhill daredevil to enjoy Big Bear Lake. To truly appreciate the four seasons of the San Bernardino Mountains, join a tour with the Big Bear Discovery Center, where outings range from snowshoe adventures and bald eagle trips in winter to guided summer canoe paddles. Take a naturalist-guided walk to learn about the local history, plants and wildlife of the San Bernardino National Forest, or pick up walking and mountain-biking maps and Adventure Passes to explore on your own.


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Road Trip Snapshot

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Stop 1San Bernardino
290 N D St, San Bernardino
Stop 2Lake Arrowhead
27984 Hwy 189, Lake Arrowhead
Stop 4Big Bear Mountain Resort
39707 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake
Stop 6Big Bear Discovery Center
39707 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake

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