Lake Arrowhead & Big Bear Lake, "Alps" of Southern California

  • Hiking the Cougar Crest Trail, Big Bear Lake

    Hiking at Its Best in the Crisp Fall Air above Big Bear Lake

    Big Bear Lake is especially beautiful in the Fall, when the leaves begin to change colors and the mountain air is crisp and clear. The region boasts dozens of trails, ranging from easy to strenuous, for hikers of any age or level.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • View over the mountain valleys from the Rim of the World Highway

    Getting There is Half the Fun

    The spectacular Rim of the World Highway, leading from San Bernadino, California to the mountain communities of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake, lends truth to the expression “getting there is half the fun.” The 30-minute drive through the clouds affords dizzying views down cliffs and valleys as you make the ascent from sea level to 6,500 ft.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Family enjoys a Lake Arrowhead hiking adventure

    Kids Find Plenty to Do in the Mountain Playground, Much of It Free

    There are plenty of activities for the kids in the Southern Californian mountain communities, and for the parents on a budget, many of them are free. This family relaxes after climbing Strawberry Peak Lookout Tower and taking in the breathtaking 360 degree views at its top. Docents are on hand to answer questions about the history of the region-- all free of charge.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Bikers enjoy a spin around Big Bear Lake

    Grab a Bike to Explore Big Bear Lake

    A great way to enjoy the lovely scenery of Big Bear Lake is on a mountain bike. Rent a bike for the day and explore the many biking paths that surround the lake. Big Bear Lake is a favorite location for television and movie crews. The Idaho plane crash scene in a recent episode of the popular television series "Grey's Anatomy" was shot in an unoccupied YMCA summer camp in Big Bear Lake.

    Photo courtesy of Big Bear Mountain Resorts

  • Lake Arrowhead decked out for Fall

    Dining and Shopping are Favorite Activities in Lake Arrowhead

    Lake Arrowhead Village is decked out for fall, welcoming visitors to its charming shops, restaurants and cafes.  Accommodations run the gambit from a 5-star resort, to vacation home rentals and time shares, to rustic bed & breakfast properties.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Oktoberfest Band, Lake Arrowhead

    Enjoy Oktoberfest Celebrations in the "Southern California Alps"

    Nestled in the heart of the San Bernardino National Forest, Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear are often described as the “Alps of Southern California.” It’s no wonder that Oktoberfest celebrations are popular events in the fall. Lake Arrowhead  hosts an Oktoberfest celebration on its outdoor stage on Saturdays and Sundays from the end of September to the end of October, as does Big Bear Lake in its tented Oktoberfest pavilion.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • View on San Bernardino from Rim of the World Highway

    Magnificent Views, Part of the Mountain Experience

    Whether hiking or driving, the views from the "Top of the World" onto the Southern California valleys are a sight to behold.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • The Lake Arrowhead Queen Paddle Wheeler

    Explore Lake Arrowhead History from the Deck of a Paddle Wheeler

    One of the most relaxing ways to tour Lake Arrowhead is on board the charming paddle wheeler, the Lake Arrowhead Queen. The narrated tour gives a history of the area as the ship passes by secluded estates, many of them vacation homes purchased by Hollywood stars over the decades.  In fact, Lake Arrowhead has a long history as a film location for Hollywood movies and television shows. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Lake Arrowhead Village Shopping

    Enjoy Picturesque Shopping in Lake Arrowhead's Alpine Setting

    Shopping in such a lovely natural setting gives you the best of both worlds. Lake Arrowhead Village is home to 15 famous name brand and designer factory outlet stores, making it a shopper’s delight. Enjoy lunch or dinner in one of the many lovely themed restaurants and cafes.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Cross Country Skiers, Big Bear Lake

    First Winter Snow Transforms Big Bear Lake into Winter Wonderland

    The end of October/early November can already bring snow to Big Bear Lake, heralding the beginning of downhill and cross-country skiing season. Southern Californians like to boast that you can sun on the beach in the morning, and ski down the slopes in the afternoon, as part of experience of living in this region of diverse natural beauty.

    Photo courtesy of Big Bear Mountain Resorts