Big Bear Lake, California
Want to get out of the city or suburban scene on a day or weekend trip, so you can relax and recharge before heading back to the grind? Here are eight places for that quick getaway, close to some of America's urban centers. You can visit one if you live near it, or factor it in if you're planning a bigger city trip and would like a little "vacation from your vacation."
Many southern Californians may head towards the surf on the weekend, but there's plenty of turf to enjoy away from the beaches. Just a few hours east of Los Angeles (depending on L.A. traffic) is Big Bear Lake, a mountain lake escape in the San Bernardino National Forest. There's kayaking, hiking, camping, biking, water sports, and plenty of other outdoor activities you can do -- even snowboarding in the winter.