Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around San Bernardino

Fly into San Bernardino, CA (SBD-San Bernardino Intl.), the closest airport, located 2.5 mi (4 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Ontario, CA (ONT-Los Angeles - Ontario Intl.), which is 17.4 mi (28.1 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station is San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot.

Can I find a vacation rental around San Bernardino?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 876 vacation rentals near San Bernardino. From 484 Houses to 314 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near San Bernardino for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to San Bernardino?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in San Bernardino:

  • Anaheim Hills: 518 vacation rentals
  • Arrowhead Villas: 193 vacation rentals
  • Village Bay: 337 vacation rentals
  • Arrowbear Lake: 15 vacation rentals
  • Crest Estates: 119 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to San Bernardino?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in San Bernardino. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Glen Helen Regional Park: 706 vacation rentals
  • Glen Helen Raceway: 725 vacation rentals
  • National Orange Show Events Center: 696 vacation rentals
  • San Manuel Amphitheater: 720 vacation rentals
  • Inland Center Mall: 697 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around San Bernardino listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in San Bernardino?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 484 Houses in San Bernardino. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in San Bernardino include:

  • Cabins: 314 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 35 rentals available
  • Cottages: 314 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in San Bernardino?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 52 vacation rentals with pool available in San Bernardino. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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