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.

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