In the good old days, taking pictures was a lot of work. You’d have to load the camera with film, swirl the dial on the lens to make sure everything was focused, take a bunch of shots, unload the camera, drive to the developer, drop off the film, and wait ten whole days to discover you had forgotten to take the lens cover off the camera and ALL THE PICTURES WERE RUINED!

Today, we point, click, delete (if they are bad) or upload straight to our Instagram accounts so the entire world can see what we eat, how our kids grew month by month, or how our Big Bear vacation went! And because we love the beauty of our little piece of the world, we’ve created this list of the best Instagram places to see in Big Bear—feel free to upload the pictures taken to your other favorite social media sites as well!

Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Waterfowl Preserve, 42300 Big Bear Boulevard

The powerful cameras on our cell phones make us all look professional photographers, and when you visit this picturesque preserve, your Instagram followers will be envious of your skills. Whether you’re trying to catch a peak of birds flapping their wings over the marsh or the sight of a mama deer and her fawn delicately snacking in grassy fields, your pics taken from here will wow everyone on your friends list!

The Castle Rock Trail, Mile Marker 45.5

This two-mile-long trail is relatively short but also steep, so it’s a hike best made by people in good physical shape. Now that the warnings are out of the way, we can tell you that the Instagram photo opportunities along this trail are endless. As you hike the trail, the pictures you take from any spot are guaranteed to be stellar, but when you reach the top, the views simply beg to be photographically documented; it is one of the most beautiful places to see in Big Bear. If you listen closely enough, you may even hear the collective gasps of disbelief as your photos are uploaded; the scenery is breathtaking!

Snow Summit Ski Resort

It’s our opinion that the best pictures are those taken from high above, and you can’t get much higher than the peak of this fantastic ski resort! Providing predictably dazzling photographs of the landscape no matter what time of year you visit, your Instagram wall will be enhanced by the beauty of the photos taken here and your followers will remain in awe of your photographic skills.

Your Own Big Bear Vacations Rental Home, Close to All These Places to See in Big Bear

From charming and rustic to luxurious and grand, our cabins are located in the most photographic spots in town! Point and click to your heart’s content as you enjoy a glass of your favorite adult beverage on the back deck or pose the family in front of the stone fireplace for an Instagram pic that is guaranteed to win the hearts of all your followers. Reserve your stay today!

People travel to Big Bear from all over the world for a wide variety of reasons, the most predominant of which is the beautiful area in which the town sits. A massive lake, towering mountains, endless wilderness, and much more highlight the sights of Big Bear. There is plenty to see, but there is also plenty to do on any Big Bear vacation. The area is home to many attractions that you will not want to miss during your time in Big Bear.

Big Bear Discovery Center

The Big Bear Discovery Center makes taking advantage of this beautiful area easier than ever before. The goal of the Center is to teach people and provide joy in the San Bernardino Wilderness. They do this by acting as a sort of natural museum with exhibits that teach visitors about the wildlife and ecosystems of this one of a kind area. But they also provide numerous opportunities to get out explore. Weekly programs allow visitors a peak into the work of conservationists, park rangers, and more. And an amazing eco tour is always available. They also try to take some of the guess work out of experiencing the area by providing trail maps, camping info, permits, and more. You can find the Big Bear Discovery Center located on the north side of the lake at 40971 North Shore Drive.

Sky Chair Lift

Big Bear is known for its incredible skiing and snowboarding, especially at Snow Summit. Visiting this place during the winter is a no-brainer, but the sky chair lift is sure to provide a good time even during the summer. This one-mile-long ascent takes you to one of the highest peaks in the San Bernardino Wilderness. Once you reach the top, you will be greeted by the best views, but there is also plenty of opportunity for hiking, mountain biking, and more.

Amazing Vacation Rentals

Now that you have a couple of good ideas of where to begin your adventure, you should turn your focus to find a wonderful place to call home while you are here, which should prove to be very easy. This is because of an amazing selection of vacation homes and incredible vacation rental companies and services like Big Bear Vacations. We are the premiere vacation rental business in the area for both unparalleled service and a wide selection of homes located throughout the area. Check out our listings and see how easy it is to find the vacation home of your dreams in Big Bear.

There are certainly many more attractions in Big Bear, and they are exceedingly easy to find, almost to the point where all you have to do is walk outside. When you mix some cool attractions with any one of the homes provided by Big Bear Vacations, you have yourself an unforgettable vacation.