San Bernardino County is within close vicinity of the tourist attraction counties Los Angeles and Orange. L.A. County offers multitudes of theatres, playhouses, restaurants and other entertainment centers. Orange County is famous for its amusement parks and dining. But what makes San Bernardino County more special than these other popular locations?
Most travelers driving along the 10, 210, 15, and 215 Freeways consider the many communities of San Bernardino County they pass by as insignificant; these ‘passing through towns’ seem merely as road mark names, but for the people that live in those neighborhoods the towns have become the ideal place to live. The Inland Empire is a good place to live because it is not only away from the ‘rat race’ of living in L.A. or the traffic mess of Orange County, it is in a good locale to commute to other places in Southern Cal and other places towards the south.
San Bernardino County has fewer places of entertainment and dining than its counterpart counties, but what the county has which the other nearby counties can not compare is its mountain and lake resorts, and access to the wilderness. Another feature is many who live in San Bernardino County are close to where they can look into a star-filled heaven at nighttime above them. Residents of L.A. and Orange County rarely ever see more stars than they count on any night.
People choked from the smog-filled atmosphere from the large cities can drive to the San Bernardino Mountains and breathe in a gulp of fresh air. As they travel up the National Forest areas, they can stop at site-seeing points, peer below at mountainous ravines and streams, look across and above at cliffs covered with pine trees, colorful shrubs and brilliant rocks, and then look up to a true blue sky. Once in the mountains, they will witness panoramic scenes of lakes, forest ranges and on occasion wildlife. If they venture beyond their cars to hike along mountain trails, they can feel the ping of pine needles; pick up pine cones, pebbles and rocks; and let water flow between their fingers from creeks, ponds, and lakes. But more importantly to a persons’ well-being, they can revitalize their innards and their spirits.
The breathing of pure air can be enough to inspire visitors of what San Bernardino County has more valuable than anything else in the region and what the more popular tourist attraction counties are envious. There is no comparison.
If anyone should decide to visit the mountains or wilderness areas of San Bernardino County, please remember to check if a wilderness pass is needed in order to park your car along the road. And if anyone decides to take time to fish, get a fishing permit.