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Planning a Summer Getaway to Big Bear CA

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Summer is almost here which makes right now a great time to pack your bags and hit the road or skies in pursuit of well-deserved fun in Big Bear, California. While this vacation destination is sure to delight in any season, there’s something about summer when the sun is high and the atmosphere is vibrant that’s hard to top. When you’re ready to turn plans into a reality for your Big Bear summer vacation, we’re here to help you get started.

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You’ll Love Your Summer Stay in Big Bear

Situated within the scenic San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear sits about 93 miles northeast of Los Angeles and makes visitors feel they’re worlds away from the hustle of life. If you’re driving in from Beverly Hills, it will take you about 2.5 hours to arrive in Big Bear and from San Bernardino, you’ll only need to set aside around 45 minutes of drive time. No matter what road you take, you’re in for stunning mountain vistas along the way. Count on finding plenty of turn-outs where you can pull over and savor the sights at your own preferred pace. Places like Deer Lick and Running Springs are fun stopovers too when you’re looking to extend your journey into town.

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Rent a car for Added Convenience

Your summer trip to Big Bear is bound to be packed with activities and having a rental car is a good way to be able to customize your time and schedule. Many visitors choose to fly into Los Angeles International Airport where you’ll have a plethora of rental car options on-site. If you don’t want to drive, Big Bear does have public transportation options available like their bus program that shuttles riders between Big Bear Lake and surrounding mountain communities on select days of the week. Visitors can also use the Big Bear Trolley which is not only charming, but free and runs between ski resorts and in-town stops like grocery stores and major landmarks.

Spend Time Exploring Local Farmers Markets

When some retail therapy would go a long way towards your vacation fun, shop local and be sure to check out farmers markets this summer. The Big Bear Farmer’s Market is hosted every Tuesday between 8:30 am and 1:00 pm at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center. The entire parking lot is turned into an artisan hub where you can find everything from fresh produce and flowers to baked goods, honey, oil, and more. There’s even apparel available to purchase ranging from sunhats and dresses to shirts, and leggings. Whether you’re on the hunt for handmade candles, potted house plants, jewelry, crafts, or lawn decorations, there’s a good chance you’ll find it here. When cravings come calling, the farmer’s market is also the place to be to enjoy some of the very best food vendors in town.

Enjoy Parks and Picnics

The summer scenery across Big Bear is always top-notch and making the most of the views is easy to do when you take time to explore the many local parks and picnic areas. Savor fresh mountain air at places like Meadow Park, Ski Beach Park, Veterans Park, and Rotary Pine Knot Park to name a few of many the next time you’re in town. These family-friendly destinations are wonderful when you’re traveling with little ones who need space to run and play. They work just as well for a romantic picnic with great views to enjoy or a stroll on a park pathway at sunset.

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Take Time for On-the-Water Fun

A true highlight of any summer stay in Big Bear is the opportunity to get out on the lake. While sitting on the shoreline and soaking up the sun is always an option, it’s hard to top a lake tour onboard the Miss Liberty while you’re in town. Big Bear Lake is also a fantastic place to make the most of your time kayaking and boating. The marinas here have plenty of rental options to choose from and if you love casting a line, booking a chartered fishing experience is definitely the way to go.

Elevate the Adventure

When you’re craving a new view of Big Bear this summer, taking a ride on the scenic sky chair at Snow Summit is a must. Year-round, this activity provides a bird’s eye view that’s thrilling, but in the summer, you can really see the landscape in full bloom. The sky chair reaches a top height of 8,200 feet in elevation framing the lake and mountains below. Once you’ve had your fill, you’ll be within easy reach of Summit Bike Park where you can pair your aerial adventures with time on the mountain biking trails.

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Enjoy Your Big Bear Journey

Big Bear is a great place to be this summer and when you want luxury and comfort infused into the experience as well, the team at Big Bear Vacations is here to help. Reach out today to learn more about our amazing collection of area vacation rentals to enjoy when summer has you longing to spend your time in California.