Hotel at a Glance: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Bernardino
From your room at this DoubleTree hotel, you can take in views of either the city of San Bernardino or the peaks of nearby mountains. Nonallergenic feather pillows, blackout curtains, and 250-thread-count sheets set the stage for deep sleep at the end of fun-filled days exploring the area. The hotel’s newly renovated location on Hospitality Lane is fitting: it offers a friendly staff as well as convenient, complimentary services such as a signature warm chocolate chip cookie at welcome, onsite parking and high-speed WiFi.
- Onsite dining: Enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast at the Sunrise Room and innovative comfort food at The Cutting Board.
- Kids will love nearby Fiesta Village Family Fun Park, which offers go-karts, water slides, arcade games, and batting cages.
- Distance from Big Bear Lake: about 40 miles
California’s Inland Empire: Urban Centers and Diverse Terrain Just East of LA
It’s hard to believe that the same region of California whose fertile fields have been turning out citrus since the 1870s is also home to the arid deserts of Joshua Tree National Park. But it’s true, and a testament to the size and topographical diversity of the Inland Empire. Spread across Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, the region comprises parts of the Santa Ana Mountains, San Jose Hills, San Bernardino National Forest, and Sonoran Desert, along with fertile mountain valleys. It’s also where you’ll find the spas of Palm Springs and the resorts of Lake Arrowhead, as well as lakeside activities and skiing at Big Bear Lake.
The area also serves as a mecca for hiking and nature excursions. Angelenos often visit Box Springs Mountain Park in Moreno Valley to hike more than 1,000 acres of trails that meander past fields of star lilies, pine groves, and rocky outcroppings. Lake Perris State Recreation Area offers horseback riding, rock climbing, and skydiving. The valley is also home to several museums, including the March Field Air Museum, which displays World War I and II fighter planes and historic photographs and aviation gear. Sometimes you can even see airplanes in action overhead. And right in San Bernardino is the McDonald’s Museum, located on the site of the world first McDonald’s.