When 2024 rolls in, it’s bound to be the perfect time to start the new year with a well-deserved trip to Big Bear, California. When it’s a refreshing and scenic experience you’re after, you’ll find Big Bear is a beautiful and inviting place to enjoy time away from the hustle alongside family and friends. Whether you’re excited to spend as much time as possible outdoors or you have a heart for shopping and dining your way through an amazing stay, it’s going to be an unforgettable journey that just might bring you back year after year. The following are some of the activities and attractions that are well worth adding to your list when 2024 travel plans have you heading to Big Bear.
Make Downhill Fun a Part of the Trip to Big Bear
Travelers who are spending time in Big Bear at the beginning of 2024 will be thrilled to find that the ski season in this area runs through April. That means there’s plenty of time to hit the slopes in style whether you’re new to skiing or it’s an activity you’ve enjoyed each year for as long as you can remember. Skiing and snowboarding are both options at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain this time of year and there are lessons readily available when you’re looking to learn alongside the best. If you’re hoping to elevate the snowy fun even further in 2024, consider spending some time at Big Bear Snow Play which has top-notch tubing opportunities to try with the entire family. The fresh powder in Big Bear is also a great reason to rent some snowshoes and explore the trails that run through the National Forest.
Explore the Village
If you’re up for a stroll and some well-deserved retail therapy, there’s no place better to find yourself in Big Bear than the Village! This central hub of shopping, dining, and seasonal activities is a great place to take a walk, pop into boutique shops, or spend time people watching as well. If you do decide to spend time shopping, this is a one stop resource for everything from apparel and souvenirs to books, art, toys, and more thanks to the 120 local vendors on-site.
Take Time to Hike the Pineknot Trail
Big Bear is known and loved for its spectacular scenery and a great way to enjoy the very best of it during your 2024 adventure this way is to make sure you’ve set aside time to explore and hike the iconic Pineknot Trail. This route hosts a trailhead at Mill Creek Pond and offers trekkers three miles of pathway to explore. The trail links up with the Aspen Glen Picnic area if you’re up for an alfresco meal after your hike. If you happen to be heading this way in the spring, be sure to bring your camera because the trail comes to life with a collection of colorful wildflowers in bloom. The fall sees this trail turn to a tantalizing shade of oranges, yellows, and reds that are sure to inspire. All year round, wildlife viewing is prime from the Pineknot Trail too.
Check Out the Big Bear Alpine Zoo
Open year-round, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a fascinating stop for visitors of all ages who are planning on enjoying time in Big Bear in 2024. One of two alpine zoos in the U.S., the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a place where you can encounter incredible creatures while learning more about the rehabilitation program that helps heal and release local wildlife. The permanent collection of animals at the zoo is primarily made up of animals who were injured and healed but couldn’t safely be released back into the wild. This is a stop that promises to be as engaging and inspiring as it is educational.
Dive into History at the Big Bear Historical Museum
A stop at the Big Bear Historical Museum is a must for history buffs no matter when you make your way to Big Bear in 2024. Found at 800 B Greenway Drive, the Big Bear Historical Museum is a great place to dive into the places, people, and stories that have made Big Bear the exciting destination it is today for travelers from across the map. You’ll have a chance to browse a collection of interactive and educational displays and exhibits that are sure to be eye-opening. There’s even an area where you can try your hand at panning for gold to get a more authentic feel for what the gold rush entailed in the area.
Book Your Stay in Big Bear Today
When you’re ready to turn Big Bear travel plans into a reality in 2024, the team at Big Bear Cabins is here to make sure you have amazing accommodations to match. Reach out today to learn more about our exciting and inviting vacation rental options available and to get started.