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7 Adorable Towns Perfect For A Romantic Road Trip Less Than 3 Hours From San Bernardino

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7 Road Trips From San Bernardino To Adorable Small Towns

As much as we love southern California’s beaches, we’re just as drawn to tucked away weekend escapes and woodsy getaways. When you’re looking for the next new place to go, you can add these stops to your list of must-see locales. These 7 road trips from San Bernardino to adorable small towns are the hidden gems you’d never expect to find in the Golden State.

Oak Glen 

Distance from San Bernardino: 27 miles

Why You Need To Go: Nestled just 27 miles east of San Bernardino, these apple picking orchards are the best place to experience fall in southern California. There’s adorable farms, handmade goods, and hot apple cider. Need we say more?

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Idyllwild

Distance from San Bernardino: 61 miles

Why You Need To Go: This charming mountain community is a nature lover’s oasis. Even though it’s a rural escape, you'll have all of the luxuries of living in a big city. There are so many cute shops to explore, fantastic restaurants, and beautiful hikes, all in one spot.

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Wrightwood

Distance from San Bernardino: 32 miles

Why You Need To Go: If you plan on adventuring through the Angeles National Forest, this is one of the best towns to stop for hearty homestyle cooking. It’s also a great place to stay and soak in the views of the mountains for miles around.

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Forest Falls

Distance from San Bernardino: 25 miles

Why You Need To Go: This tiny town in San Bernardino County is often overlooked. It’s right next to plenty of beautiful hikes with waterfalls and beautiful woodland scenery.

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Trabuco Canyon

Distance from San Bernardino: 58 miles

Why You Need To Go: You’ll feel like you found a slice of the old wild west in southern California. The atmosphere is super laid-back, and you can even visit an old General Store and classic steakhouse.

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Crestline

Distance from San Bernardino: 16 miles

Why You Need To Go: If you’re seeking a romantic small-town lake getaway, nothing beats the beauty of Crestline. Just looking at this picture makes us want to rent a cabin and get away.

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San Juan Capistrano

Distance from San Bernardino: 64 miles

Why You Need To Go: This charming historic village has buildings preserved from old Spanish missions and Native American historical sites. It’s also close to the beach and has plenty of cute coffee shops, artisan stores, and restaurants to poke around in.

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7 Bizarre Places And Things To Do Around San Bernardino You Never Knew About

You’d never expect to find these hidden adventures here!

Let’s be honest, LA definitely gets most of the limelight. But there’s so much more to the Golden State than Hollywood glitz and glamour. If you’re the type who loves secret adventures and hidden waterfalls, we’ve got just what you need. Check out this list of the top 7 bizarre places and things to do around San Bernardino you never knew about

Mojave Lava Tube

Price: Free

Hours: Open 24 hours

Location: Mojave National Preserve

Why You Need To Go: You can explore awesome underground lava tubes in California!

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Heart Rock Waterfall Trail

Price: Free (You need a California Adventure Pass to park on the main road)

Hours: Open 24 hours

Location: Crestline, CA

Why You Need To Go: You can see a gorgeous 25-foot waterfall cascading down heart-shaped rocks.

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First Original McDonald's Museum

Price: Free admission

Hours: Monday - Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

Location: 1398 N E St, San Bernardino, CA 92405

Why You Need To Go: This is the original site of the first-ever McDonalds that opened in 1940. You can road trip there with friends to take fun pics and see cool memorabilia.

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Aztec Falls

Price: There is a $5 fee at Splinter’s Cabin Trailhead unless you show a valid California Adventure Pass or Interagency Pass in your car.

Hours: Open 24 hours Sunday - Saturday

Location: Pacific Crest Trail, California

Why You Need To Go: This oasis in the desert is the perfect adventure you would never expect to find near San Bernardino.

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Trona Pinnacles

Price: Free to visit

Hours: Open 24 hours

Location: You can find full directions here.

Why You Need To Go: You can walk through massive 125-foot spires on an ancient lake.

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Deep Creek Hot Springs

Price: Access via Freedom Trail is $5 per person by day and $10 per person by night

Hours: Open 24 hours

Location: Pacific Crest Trail, Apple Valley, CA 92308

Why You Need To Go: You can soak in emerald hot springs in the middle of the mountains. The views are beautiful.

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Amboy Crater

Price: Free (no entrance fee)

Hours: Open 24 hours Location: You can get full directions here.

Why You Need To Go: You can hike around a massive 250-foot crater and 27-mile lava fields that have become a thriving reptile habitat.

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Editor’s Note: SoCal is susceptible to extreme heat in some areas and sporadic wildfires throughout the year. Make sure to check local weather conditions before you visit any of these locations, travel safely, and plan accordingly. Deep Creek Hot Springs is clothing optional.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.