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Vacation Ideas

Vacation Ideas to Help Plan Your Next Trip.

Looking for a mountain escape close to home? Get inspired by one of Big Bear's many trip ideas. There are so many things to do in Big Bear, whether you are looking for a unique girls or guys getaway, romantic ideas to impress your loved one, fun vacation ideas for the entire family or pet-friendly trips. View our favorite itineraries that you can follow or mix-up to create your perfect California vacation. We have put together some vacation ideas to provide you some inspiration for your next Big Bear trip.

Camping Trip Ideas

Get ready to pitch a tent in some of the most desirable campgrounds in Southern California surrounded by millions of pine trees and other evergreens providing a relaxing forest setting that's ideal for camping.
Tip #1: Places to Camp
Tip #2: Amenities
Tip #3: Popular Campgrounds

Small Town, Big Adventure

Big Bear Lake has many activities and events year-round to take advantage of. Check out our adventure ideas at your favorite four season resort::
Adventure 1: Big Bear Jeep Experience
Adventure 2: Reebok Spartan Race
Adventure 3: Oktoberfest

Memorial Weekend Vacation Ideas

Memorial Weekend Vacation Ideas & Deals

Head up to Big Bear this Memorial Day Weekend for cool temps, blue sunny skies and plenty of fun activities for the whole group!
Tip #1: Live Concert at The Cave
Tip #2: Lake Activities
Tip #3: Scenic Sky Chair

Family Fun Vacation Ideas this Spring

Head up to Big Bear this spring with the family to see the wildflowers in bloom while hiking on one of our many trails or take a ride around the lake on a jet ski. Regardless of how you enjoy your time, it is guaranteed to be fun!
Day 1: Hiking / Lunch Top of Snow Summit
Day 2: Big Bear Discovery Center
Day 3: Canoe / Kayaking

California Holiday Trip Ideas

Create Your Own Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics only come around once every four years and create excitement, especially in a winter destination like Big Bear. Here are some ideas to create your own and get into the spirit:
Day 1: Race Each Other on Skis or Snowboards
Day 2: Snowshoe Races
Day 3:Toboggan or Bobsleds Races

California Holiday Trip Ideas

Holiday Trip Ideas

The holidays in Big Bear are a magical time of year. If you are looking for a white Christmas or a fun and unique place to ring in the New Year, look no further than here!
Day 1: Skiing / Snowboarding
Day 2: Visit Santa / Night Tubing
Day 3: See the Village lights / Campfire Stories & Roast Marshmallows

Affordable or Free Summer Vacation Ideas

Big Bear is an affordable family destination and is Southern California's only four season resort offering a great variety of activities during the summer seasons. Here's a list of our top picks:
Tip #1: Star Gazing
Tip #2: Big Bear Alpine Zoo
Tip #3: Free Nature Walks

Valentine's Day Getaway Ideas

Big Bear is the perfect winter setting for romancing that special someone this Valentine's Day. Read ideas for planning the perfect romantic vacation:
Day 1: Skiing/Snowboarding/Hire Personal Chef
Day 2: Couples Massages/Night Out
Day 3: Shopping/Hiking

Healthy Living and Fitness Big Bear CA

Vacation Ideas for Healthy Living, Fitness & Happiness

Big Bear is an ideal place to getaway to find balance and peace within with the beautiful mountains and lake as a backdrop and plenty of activities.
Day 1: Relax at a Day Spa
Day 2: Yoga / Hiking
Day 3: Canoe / Kayaking

Destination Weddings in Big Bear

Big Bear's beautiful scenery and breathtaking views, makes it the perfect destination wedding location. If you envision your ceremony in a beautiful mountain-top setting, our four-season resort offers an entire year of fabulous wedding weather.
Location Idea #1: Lakeside Wedding
Location Idea #2: Bed & Breakfast Wedding
Location Idea #3: Mountain/Forest Setting

Girlfriend Getaway Ideas

Enjoy some bonding time with the girls this winter! Your group will have a great time whether you partake in some outdoor fun, shopping or some mountain night-life. 
Day 1: Snowboarding or Skiing
Day 2: Scavenger Hunt / Shopping
Day 3: Tubing / Wine Tasting

Winter Romance

If you are looking for romance, what better place than the snowy mountain setting of Big Bear Lake. From leisure activities to outdoor fun, you are sure to leave a lasting impression on your loved one.
Day 1: Hiking / Wine Tasting
Day 2: Tour the Lake
Day 3: Skiing / Snowboarding

Music & Concerts

Big Bear is known for its summer outdoor activities but has quickly gained a following for its summer concerts due to unique backdrops and venues and world class music.
Outdoor Concert Series: Music in the Mountains
Great Indoor Venue: The Cave


Cooking on vacation in Big Bear

Cooking In Your Cabin On Vacation

When renting a Big Bear cabin, consider the benefits of eating in. Here are some high altitude cooking tips:
Tip #1: Increase oven temp
Tip #2: Lower heat = longer cooking time
Tip #3: Recipes require more liquid & longer cooking time

Spring Break in Big Bear

Come up to Big Bear this spring break for some outdoor fun! Fishing season is open, hiking in the forest or spend a day tubing. There is something for everyone in the family or group!
Day 1: Fishing / Boating
Day 2: Discovery Center / Night Tubing
Day 3: Horseback Riding

Spring Romance Getaway

This spring, head up to the mountains to enjoy a romantic vacation. From hiking to kayaking, Big Bear offers plenty of romantic options.
Day 1: Hiking Forest Trails
Day 2: Kayaking / Massages
Day 3: Horseback Riding

Affordable or Free Fall Vacation Ideas

Big Bear is Southern California's only four season and the fall season doesn't disappoint. This autumn, visit Big Bear and explore the beautiful colors and enjoy the many affordable or free activities or events throughout the Valley.
Idea #1: Fall Colors
Idea #2: Flashlight Safari
Idea #3: Fishing/Kayaking

Halloween Holiday Ideas

Halloween is around the corner and Big Bear sets the best scene to spend this spooky holiday. There are plenty of fun activities and events for all ages to enjoy this frightfully-fun night, from haunted houses, zoo events and safe family friendly trick-or-treating. 
Event: Boo in the Zoo
Event: Halloween in the Village
Event: Panic in the Park

Winter Family Fun

This winter, bring the family to Big Bear for some fun! Playing in the snow or skiing or snowboarding; there are many activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Day 1: Snowboarding & Skiing/Alpine Zoo
Day 2: Tubing / Stroll the Village
Day 3: Off-Road Tour / Segway Tour

California Adventure Fun Vacation Ideas

Adventure Awaits

Want a vacation that takes you on an action packed adventure of a lifetime? Try seeing Big Bear from a bird's eye view on a helicopter tour or zipline through the snow-covered forest.
Day 1: Zipline Tour
Day 2: Hiking in the Forest on Snowshoes
Day 3: Helicopter Tour

Take your vacation to the next level with Big Bear Lake attractions and activities! No matter the season, Big Bear Lake offers a quality tour, an exciting adventure or a memorable event. Whether you are new to the area or coming back year after year, Big Bear Lake remains one of Southern California's top year-round resort vacation destinations. Summer or winter you'll find various trails to hike or hills to sled down, along with memorable tours such as the scenic sky chair or lake boat tours offered throughout the area depending on the season. Typically just a two hour or under trip from the Los Angeles and San Diego areas, Big Bear Lake even offers free and affordable activities for the whole family to enjoy all year round.

Big Bear Lake's tourist attractions do not stop with the activities - the calendar of events offers so much more! Popular this time of year is the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, running for a consecutive seven weekends beginning in the middle of September at the local Big Bear Lake Convention Center. Have a blast both Saturday and Sunday during this major event! Need vacation ideas or general information? Call 800-424-4232 to speak to a local vacation specialist. Why just visit for one day? Stay for several and plan an itinerary filled with exciting locales and events! Here's a suggestion: stay for the weekend, visit the Oktoberfest, take a boat tour or rent a water craft, check out a hiking trail or scenic sky chair ride and stop by The Village for excellent dining and shopping. Don't forget about the available discount packages too! Big Bear Lake is THE vacation destination to experience activities and events at 7,000 feet - come on up and explore!

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