Big Bear is a small city which rests in the mountains of the San Bernadino National Forest. It is this close proximity to the natural world, as well as an abundance of outdoor activities which make it a popular destination among campers. In fact, you can even choose to stay right in the heart of the mountains, so that you’re never far from nature. When you visit, make sure to pick a secluded mountain rental to stay in for the duration of your time, which will help you make the most of your trip, and instill a sense of calm. Hike around the iconic Big Bear Lake, where you can catch mountain reflections in the water, and make the short distance to Gold Mountain. Here, you can ski down smooth slopes in the winter months.