Amazing slopes, summer or winter. Wrightwood is a small mountain town on a throne overlooking Southern California from 6,000 feet elevation. It sits in the Angeles National Forest - San Gabriel Mountains, and the adventure and mountain lifestyle are in swing year-round.
Winter and snow welcome powder lovers: Skiing, snowboarding and tubing enthusiasts. Summer brings out the thrill-seekers and mountain sports lovers: hiking, disc golf, mountain biking, motorcycle tours.
Step out of the city and into the forest. Lose yourself in nature for a weekend or a week. Wrightwood will keep you busy -- and smiling.
Wrightwood is located northeast of Los Angeles, and is around seven hours' drive. Interstate 5 south is your ticket until you reach exit 199. Head east on highway 138 until you bump into a T-intersection and 138 overlaps north-south for a stretch with highway 14, north of Lancaster.
If you're looking for a pit stop along the way, Lancaster is home to MOAH (Museum of Art and History) and the BLVD, a slice of quaint shopping and dining before you head into the wilderness. Continue east on 138 once south of Lancaster until the signs and highway 2 guide you into Wrightwood.
Courtyard by Marriott in Hesperia offers fresh design and comforts. It features indoor and outdoor pools, a gym and free Wi-Fi. The Mall of Victor Valley is only five 4.5 miles away, and Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area is less than a 30 minutes' drive.
The Rhinestone Rose Inn is a charming bed & breakfast that draws rave reviews for its unique character, friendly service and wonderful breakfast to kickstart to your day.
Hawthorne Suites offers bang for your buck. The hotel features an outdoor pool and hot tub, free Wi-Fi and a daily hot breakfast. Each room has a full kitchen or kitchenette, and is pet friendly.
The Evergreen Cafe is high on mountain charm, besides being touted for its food and friendly staff. This casual hot spot is a local favorite and the spot for in-the-know travelers, too. Congratulations! If you weren't in the know before, you are now.
Belly up to the counter at the Grizzly Cafe for American favorites, from country friend steak in the morning to country friend steak in the evening. With eggs, salads, sandwiches, burgers and pies in between. Full slate of eats to fuel a day of hiking or skiing, or to recover when it's all said and done.
Feeling Taco Tuesday, whatever day of the week it is? Head to Mexico Lindo for the big portions from Michoacan, “the soul of Mexico” and home of a 1,000-year culinary history. Mexico Lindo is known for high-quality authentic Mexican cuisine and the margaritas collect rave reviews.
Mountain High Resort is SoCal's premier winter resort, and with three in one: East, West and North, each with different terrain to push whatever skills you bring to the slopes. In summer, the games might change but the fun carries on with warm-weather action like disc golf.
Swoop through the trees with Ziplines at Pacific Crest in the San Gabriel Mountains. Expert guides will get you up to speed on safety and let you cut loose on the lines for the experience of a lifetime.
Get in gear with AdMo Tours, and hit area trails for speed and adventure. AdMo is the hookup for motorcycle rentals, tours, and training, leading tours for groups in dozens of countries around the world. You're in good hands, whatever your experience level.
Grassy Hollow is a shot of wilderness along the famedPacific Crest Trail, which goes from Mexico to Canada, a distance of 2,631 miles. Join the through-hikers making the full months-long trek, even for a short taste of the experience, or just offer them a smile and drink of water. But heads-up: Permits for day use are required and snow closures in winter are possible.