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Although the city of San Bernadino is off most travelers radars, it touts itself as a gateway to some fabulous hinterland haunts. Notably, the pine-clad San Bernardino Mountains are fantastically scenic any time of year: the views from Onyx Summit (8,443 feet) are amazing. The mountain's crisp air and springlike climate draw Los Angelenos escaping the smogs of summer, while southern California's premier ski slopes are here, centered on the resort town of Lake Arrowhead, replete with shops and fine dining. Back in San Bernardino there are plenty of historical buildings tucked among the modernity. And the adjoining unversity town of Redlands ...

Although the city of San Bernadino is off most travelers radars, it touts itself as a gateway to some fabulous hinterland haunts. Notably, the pine-clad San Bernardino Mountains are fantastically scenic any time of year: the views from Onyx Summit (8,443 feet) are amazing. The mountain's crisp air and springlike climate draw Los Angelenos escaping the smogs of summer, while southern California's premier ski slopes are here, centered on the resort town of Lake Arrowhead, replete with shops and fine dining. Back in San Bernardino there are plenty of historical buildings tucked among the modernity. And the adjoining unversity town of Redlands buzzes with youthful life, while also luring architectural and historical buffs with its roster of historic buildings, including the Asistencia Mission and 19th-century gingerbread mansion, plus the Lincoln Memorial Shrine. Redlands also boasts the excellent San Bernardino County Museum. Meanwhile, the Fiesta Village family fun park keeps kids amused. And adults can try their hand with Lady Luck at the San Manuel Indian Casino, while the Redlands Symphony Orchestra offers more high-falutin fare.

Christopher Baker
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Christopher P. Baker has authored guidebooks to Costa Rica, California, and various Caribbean islands for Frommer's, Lonely Planet, and National Geographic, among others.

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