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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