San Bernardino, CA, USA

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San Bernardino, CA, USA

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Get your kicks on Route 66

Nestled on the edge of the sprawling wilderness of San Bernardino National Forest, San Bernardino is a relaxing retreat from Southern California big city life. Founded by Franciscan missionaries in 1810, the quiet city offers a rich sense of history and diversity thanks to influences from Spanish, Mexican, Native American, and Mormon settlers over the years. A central San Bernardino vacation rental puts you directly on historic Route 66, one of the most iconic roads in America. The history is nicely balanced by the nature of the surrounding mountains and lakes, especially in the Arrowhead Springs neighborhood.

A city of fresh air and festivals

If you like festivals, San Bernardino is your place. Not surprisingly, the city's biggest party every year is the 4-day Route 66 Rendezvous, held downtown along the original "Mother Road." The city has also been celebrating citrus for over 100 years with the annual National Orange Show Festival. Bikers will feel at home at the Berdoo Bikes & Blues Rendezvous and the yearly Hells Angels anniversary celebration. There's plenty for nature lovers, too. A San Bernardino vacation rental on Lake Arrowhead offers ample opportunity for swimming and boating. A ride on the Arrowhead Queen will even let you gape at your celebrity neighbors.

Quirky museums, from fast food to Egyptian artifacts

There's no shortage of ways to get your kicks in San Bernardino. The local museums are surprisingly unique, like the Robert V. Fullerton Museum of Art, which houses Egyptian antiquities, ancient Italian pottery, and Chinese funerary art, and a Route 66 museum at the site of the world's first McDonald's. Music lovers will enjoy concerts at the San Manuel Amphitheater, the largest outdoor amphitheater in the US. For even more fresh air, head to the hiking trails and lakes of the San Bernardino National Forest, or enjoy the cool waters of Lake Arrowhead and Lake Gregory.

Temps soar in the valley, but bring a coat for the mountains

San Bernardino gets the hot, dry summers you think of when you imagine Southern California, with high temperatures from June through September commonly rising into the 90s. Winters, though, tend to be colder than the surrounding areas. Chilly morning frosts aren't uncommon, so be sure to bring your coziest sweater or coat, particularly from November to April when the lows hover in the 40s and you might see some snow flurries. If you opt for a San Bernardino vacation rental in the mountainous Arrowhead Springs neighborhood, you can expect to see heavy snows at times.

From mountains to deserts, it's all here

The San Bernardino area offers nearly every geographical feature you can imagine. The city lies along historic Route 66 in a valley at the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. The elevations climb quickly from there, with the city's northernmost neighborhood of Arrowhead Springs sitting about 3,000 feet above sea level. The San Bernardino National Forest offers plenty of hiking trails and lakes to explore. If you venture further afield, within a few hours you can be at the imposing Mojave Desert or among the otherworldly plant life of Joshua Tree National Park.