The stunning mountains of Southern California are home to towering forests, the scent of fresh pine and awesome alpine getaways 7,000 feet above sea level. Let the fun begin. Here are 6 reasons to plan an outdoor adventure trip to Big Bear Lake, California.
- Big Bear Off Road Adventures
- Helicopter Big Bear
- Paddles and Pedals
- Action Zipline Tours
- Los Angeles Day Trip
- Gold Rush Mining Adventures
Go off-road for golden opportunities. Big Bear Off-Road Adventures takes you along early wagon routes, up steep grades, across twisting trails and through varied terrains such as meadows, forests, mountains and the desert. Choose from a variety of off-road adventures that make stops at camps where miners once used their sluice boxes to pan for shiny nuggets. And while there may or may not be gold in them thar hills, one thing’s for sure—you’ll return home with a sparkle in your eyes along with a fortune in memories that last a lifetime.
Take flight for an amazing aerial sightseeing tour with Helicopter Big Bear. You’ll lift off from Big Bear City Airport, then soar, circle and snake around the major points of interest and landmarks for bird’s-eye views of the Big Bear area. Start out with the Tour Alpha flight—it’s considered one of the best values and takes you on a complete sightseeing tour throughout Bear Valley. This high-flying adventure lasts 20 minutes with a flight distance of approximately 30 miles.
Located on the north shore of Big Bear Lake, Paddles and Pedals offers bikes, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards for rent. For a more traditional adventure during your outdoor travel trip, go for a leisurely—or brisk—(your choice depending on your stamina) float in a kayak or canoe. If you consider yourself somewhat of a daredevil, stand on top of the water when you float during a paddle board excursion.
For an exciting two-wheel adventure, hop on a bike and pedal your way along the scenic bike path of Big Bear Lake. The scenery is breathtaking—and as an added bonus, you’ll get in some great cardio during your outdoor adventure trip.
Get set for a three-hour tour that won’t leave you stranded on a deserted island. Climb aboard a safari Jeep® for an exhilarating ride that takes you two miles deep into the forest for an exciting zipline adventure. Action Zipline Tours offers nine high-speed runs perfect for every member of the family. Thrill seekers can feel the surge of adrenaline rush past them at high velocities, while more timid zipliners can enjoy gentler breezes against their faces.
If Big Bear looks like a scene from a movie, it’s no coincidence. This area has long been a desired location for Hollywood movies—so it seems fitting that Los Angeles is just a few hours away. Take a day trip and get a glimpse of the Hollywood sign then travel down the Walk of Fame and see the names of stars shine on the sidewalk. Chinatown is a cultural experience not to be missed. Here, you’ll find herbal stores with recipes for ancient remedies and imports for sale that are sure to make fascinating souvenirs. For something truly historic, be sure to visit Olvera Street, the oldest street in Los Angeles and one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. The central plaza attracts more than 2,000 visitors per year and is home authentic Mexican pottery, jewelry, hanging colorful piñatas, huge sombreros, symbolic masks, serapes, bull horns and a life-size stuffed donkey. Of course delectable dining is always on the menu, and the choices are almost unlimited.
In the 1860s, prospectors hoping to strike it rich during California’s Gold Rush flocked to the Big Bear area. You and your family can stake your claims and pan for nuggets of vacation souvenirs when you mine ore at the Gold Rush Mining Adventures. You’ll be given special diggin’ tools to help you unearth rocks, minerals, fossils and geodes. In these parts, no prospector ever goes ho me empty handed and no two bags of paydirt are ever the same. This sluice (flume with flowing water) is open almost everyday of the year and operates rain or shine.