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As a year-round vacation destination, Big Bear is hard to beat. This idyllic mountain lake getaway is just 100 miles from the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, but feels like a world away. Summer brings endless sunshine but moderate temperatures, making it the perfect spot for an action-packed family escape. Take your pick from a host of thrilling water sports, or take a hike through the lush surrounding alpine forests. In winter, daily snowfall transforms the area into one of California's premier ski resorts.

Things to see

The pristine 7-mile Big Bear Lake offers all manner of diversions, from high-adrenaline sports like wake boarding and jet skiing, to leisurely boat tours across its shimmering surface. It's also a fisher's paradise, particularly in springtime, when the clear alpine water thrives with rainbow trout and bass. Nearby Lake Arrowhead Village is packed with independent specialty shops, and exudes an old world charm. In neighboring Skyforest you can feast on delectable, locally-renowned artisan pizza. During the summer months, a scenic sky chair ride up Bear Mountain to Snow Summit is the perfect way to get your bearings and take in the area's breathtaking natural beauty. Hop off and enjoy a mouth-watering mountaintop BBQ, or play a round of golf at 7000 feet. Return in winter and you'll find Bear Mountain a haven for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities. Big Bear also boasts a hugely popular Oktoberfest, offering raucous live entertainment, hearty platefuls of Bavarian dumplings smothered in rich gravy, and a bewildering array of crisp, bubbly beers.

Hotels in Big Bear Lake

Big Bear truly offers accommodation to suit every taste and budget. For an authentically rustic experience, take your pick from a wealth of story-book cabins and lodges, and open your door each morning to stunning views and crisp mountain air. There are also hotels in Big Bear offering the kind of world-class luxury you'd expect to find in LA or Palm Springs, including lakeside spa resorts, and conference centers fit for the most discerning business traveler. Big Bear hotels tend to offer all the modern amenities you'd hope to find, such as free WiFi, cable TV, minibars, and hot drink making facilities.

Where to stay

If you're keen to avoid the peak season crowds, head to Lake Arrowhead, once known as Little Bear Lake. Here you'll find accommodation to rival the finest hotels in Big Bear, and many of the same activities and attractions, but an altogether more laid-back vibe. For an authentic taste of small-town America you could try Big Bear City, which offers a convenient base from which to explore the area. The city airport offers spectacular and affordable private helicopter tours of the lake and its surrounding peaks. Historic Fawnskin, on the northern tip of Big Bear Lake, is home to the Big Bear Discovery Center, one of the area's top family attractions. It's also an ideal location for hikers and mountain bikers, and a great spot for eagle watching in the winter months.

How to get to Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake is roughly 60 miles from Ontario International Airport. Alternatively you can drive from either Los Angeles or Palm Springs in around 2 hours. Big Bear City Airport, just east of the lake, is a municipal airport for private planes. It's also easy to reach Big Bear by bus - from LA or Palm Springs take the Greyhound to San Bernardino, then a local MARTA bus direct to Big Bear.

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