Los Angeles is the gateway to the west side’s most stunning scenery. A ninety-minute drive will take you to most places for a weekend or day trip out of the big city. Plane and train are also pleasant alternatives for travel.
It is true that in Los Angeles, you can ski in the morning and surf in the evening. Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead resorts are just two hours away. Drive east on Interstate 10 and follow the signs to the San Bernardino Mountains. Lake Arrowhead is more affluent and artsy while Big Bear is for pure sports enthusiasts. Take a picnic and put on your hiking shoes for a scenic day out around the lake or a hiking trail. For those who want to tackle the snowy mountains for skiing and snowboarding, equipment rental is available. In the summer, the mountains are a haven for downhill bike races, horse riding, and hiking, while the lake is used for sailing, windsurfing, and fishing. Cabin rentals are also available.
630 Bartlett Road
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(800) 4 BIG BEAR
PO Box 219
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
Death Valley is the largest national park outside Alaska and certainly one of the hottest areas on the planet. Temperatures in the summer can top 49C (120F). Visit in spring and miss the deathly heat and enjoy the desert’s spring bloom of flowers. Take a drive to Dante’s View and take in the expanse of it all, 5,475 feet above sea level. Zabriskie Point’s rock formations and space is familiar from countless movies. There’s also the Sand Dunes, Devil’s Cornfield, and the Devil’s Golf Course. Guided tours are available.
To get there, drive north on Interstate 5 and Highway 14 until you reach Highway 190 heading east.
Death Valley National Park
P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328