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California's lake district: this short route runs from the flats of the Orange Empire to the "Rim of the World.".

* DRIVING DISTANCE: 111mi/178km round trip

* DURATION: 1-2 days

* DON'T MISS: Lake Arrowhead Village, Big Bear Lake, Kimberly Crest House

* DID YOU KNOW: So many movies have been shot in Big Bear Valley that it has been called "Hollywood's back lot."

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SAN BERNARDINO. This gateway to recreation in the San Bernardino Mountains is also the site of the annual Route 66 Rendezvous. From downtown, take Hwy. 18 north to ...

LAKE ARROWHEAD (23mi/37km). Shop and dine in Lake Arrowhead Village. Lodging choices run the gamut from campsites in the Lake Arrowhead Ranger District to cabin and condo rentals by the lake. Continue east on Hwy. 18 (you'll quickly understand why they call this the Rim of the World Highway) past Heaps Peak Arboretum to ...

BIG BEAR LAKE (24mi/38km). In summer, the ski runs at Snow Summit are converted into mountain-biking trails. On the lake, you can water-ski, fish, or sail. The area is also well known for its excellent B & Bs. In Big Bear City, take Hwy. 38 south down the mountain to ...

REDLANDS (53mi/85km). You can still see evidence of the Orange Empire in places like the Kimberly Crest House & Gardens. Continue west on I-10, then turn north on I-215 to ...

SAN BERNARDINO (11mi/18km).
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