7 days in San Diego & Big Bear Lake Itinerary

7 days in San Diego & Big Bear Lake Itinerary

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7 days in San Diego & Big Bear Lake Itinerary

Start: San Diego
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Big Bear Lake
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: San Diego

4
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kids will enjoy San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read San Diego online route planner .

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major airports are San Diego International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport and Palm Springs International Airport. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Big Bear Lake.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

2
nights
Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake ©
Big Bear Lake is a small city in San Bernardino County, California, located in the San Bernardino Mountains along the south shore of Big Bear Lake, and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. Bring the kids along to Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge and Snow Summit. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Big Bear Lake: World Famous Crochet Museum (in Joshua Tree) and Joshua Tree National Park (Keys View & Hidden Valley Nature Trail). There's still lots to do: get your game on at Gold Rush Mining Adventures, hike along Big Bear Lake, and take in panoramic vistas at Keller Peak Fire Lookout.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Big Bear Lake trip planner.

Drive from San Diego to Big Bear Lake in 3 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from San Diego in December; daily highs in Big Bear Lake reach 9°C and lows reach -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Bear Lake

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Bear Region, Joshua Tree National Park, Keller Peak Fire Lookout, World Famous Crochet Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Big Bear Lake ©
Big Bear Lake

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