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San Bernardino

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San Bernardino [8] is a city in the Inland Empire in California.


San Bernardino is the largest city of the eponymous county. The 2000 census shows the population to be 185,401. Of this, 45.2% are white and 16.4% are African-American. 27.1% is cited as “some other race”, the majority of which is most likely Hispanic. The city, along with its outlying areas, has a large Hispanic and Spanish-speaking population. 40.4% of the population speaks a language other than English at home.


The climate of San Bernardino is arid, with very little moisture. Summer and fall are the sunniest and warmest times of the year, with very little moisture. Day temperatures soar into the 90s. Night temperatures plunge to the 60s. Winter and spring are the rainier, cooler times of the year, with day temperatures 56-62 and night temperatures 29-36

San Bernardino’s bad air quality rivals that of LA and has sometimes been worse than other US cities, even LA.

By plane[edit]

San Bernardino can be accessed by several Southern California airports. Ontario International Airport (airport code: ONT) is the best option, being located approximately 15 miles southwest of San Bernardino. For those willing to travel further, west of the city is Burbank Bob Hope Airport(airport code: BUR) and lying to the southwest, Long Beach Airport (airport code: LGB). Each of these airports are approximately 67 miles away. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is about 80 miles southwest. These airports are serviced by most major airlines such as Delta, American, United, Southwest, Alaska Air, and US Airways. LAX typically has more frequent service and more affordable flights than those to the other airports; but the convenience of Ontario Airport can make it an asset.

By train[edit]

Amtrak [9] serves San Bernardino with a station at 1170 W. Third Street, which is served by the daily long-distance Southwest Chief line between Chicago and Los Angeles. Metrolink [10], the regional commuter rail service, also serves San Bernardino at their station just next door to the Amtrak station. San Bernardino is the terminus of the San Bernardino line to L.A. Union Station, as well as offering limited service on the Inland Empire-Orange County line to Orange County.

Get around[edit]

The city is fairly navigable with I-210, I-10, I-215, I-15, and 210 Highway as the freeways in the city.

  • Site of the first McDonald Brothers Hamburger Stand. Location of the world’s first McDonald’s, now an unofficial museum. The original building no longer exists, but look for the huge red sign advertising 15 cent hamburgers which can’t be purchased in the adjoining museum.  edit
  • Downtown San Bernardino. Definitely a neat place to check out. Recently revamped with angled parking, festivals, new stores, lower speed (vehicles) and more street appeal, this place is a hit! It is a very lively core with all kinds of stuff to do and lots of parking despite not being shown. It incorperates beautiful, generous wall to wall structures along with scenic landmarks.  edit
  • California State University, San Bernardino. Museums, Libraries, Exhibits, Hiking Trails to the San Bernardino Mountains.  edit
  • San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC), 701 South Mount Vernon Avenue, (909) 384-4400, [1]. 8:00am – 5:00pm. San Bernardino Valley College was established in 1926 and is one of the oldest community colleges in California. It is home to the historic Noble Asa Richardson Observatory, the SBVC Auditorium, the George F. Beattie Planetarium, and a variety of beutiful new campus buildings. free.  edit

Cannabis Cup SoCal On April 20th each year the convention center hosts the Cannabis cup SoCal a great event for potheads with none of the judgement associated with smoking Cannabis.

  • Downtown San Bernardino – The downtown of the Inland Empire. Downtown SB is the largest central business district in the Inland Empire.
  • Hospitality Lane – The upscale dinning center of the Inland Empire, home to major restaurant chains and hotels.
  • Inland Center – The main mall serving Metropolitan San Bernardino’s East Valley (Calimesa, Colton, Highland, Loma Linda, Rialto, Redlands, San Bernardino and Yucaipa)
  • Mitla Cafe, 602 N. Mt. Vernon Ave., +1 909-888-0460. Tu-Th 9AM-2:30 PM & 4:30PM-8PM; F 9AM-9PM; Sa-Su 9AM-8PM.  edit
  • Downtown SB
  • Hospitality Lane – The upscale dinning center of the Inland Empire, home to major restaurant chains and hotels.
  • All Star Lodge, 450 North G Street, +1 909-885-0055 ([email protected], fax: +1 909-885-0085), [2]. $49-69 (Doubles).  edit
  • Best Western Hospitality Lane, 294 E Hospitality Ln, +1 909-381-1681 (fax: +1 909-888-5120), [3]. $105-160 (Doubles).  edit
  • Days Inn San , 1386 E. Highland Ave,, +1 909-881-1702, [11].
  • Days Inn -Ostrems Way, 2000 Ostrems Way,, +1 909-880-8425, [12].
  • Motel 6 San Bernardino North, 1960 Ostrems Way, +1 909-887-8191 (fax: +1 909-880-9231), [4].  edit
  • Motel 6 San Bernardino South, 111 West Redlands Boulevard, +1 909-825-6666 (fax: +1 909-872-1104), [5].  edit
  • Comfort Inn, 433 S. Rutgers Ave, (865) 481-8200, [6]. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm. Southern Hospitality, welcoming rooms and friendly service all at a great rate. $95. (36.006763,-84.252037) edit
  • Residence Inn San Bernardino, 1040 E. Harriman Place, 909-382-4564 (fax: 909-382-4524), [7].  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

San Bernardino is a good launching point for Joshua Tree National Park.

Routes through San Bernardino

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