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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Tourist Information Center
“With nearly 800,000 acres of mystical beauty, Joshua Tree National Park is undoubtedly one of the world’s most incredible natural desert treasures. Sweeping, grand in scale and populated by granite monoliths and voluptuous rock and boulder formations, the park offers wonder to eco-travelers, outdoor adventurists and naturalists. Two large ecosystems come together to form this quiet land, conducive to meditation and roaming, that have been carved by extremes in climate from wind to rain to an ever-present, relentless sun. Evidence of many diverse forms of plant life from creosote and ocotillo are found everywhere, but none as unique or prevalent as the park’s namesake: the Joshua tree, standing majestically across the vast topography. During the day, life may seem scarce since the park is largely nocturnal – featuring reptiles and animals that adapt to the lack of water and high temperatures by going underground.”
  • 382 locals recommend
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BBQ Joint
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“Get there early to see the unique location and then stay (with a reservation made a few weeks in advance) for lunch or dinner to enjoy the deliciously smoky BBQ!”
  • 449 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great local bar with 14 beers on tap and yummy food! It gets busy on the weekends so expect a small wait time for a table. ”
  • 254 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Located 40 minutes away; Conveniently located between Palm Springs and Los Angeles, Cabazon Outlets offers a unique desert landscape shopping experience nestled between the Santa Rosa and San Gorgonio Mountain Range. This quaint 65,000 square foot retail shopping center features 18 specialty retailers in a relaxed open-air environment. Cabazon is a name that has become synonymous with quality outlet shopping and is a destination for over 15 million shoppers every year. The architectural focal point of the center is a copper-clad Florentine dome. The dome is crowned by a lantern and spire, which stands over an elaborate stone compass inlay, identifying local landmarks and orienting customers to other destinations.”
  • 98 locals recommend
Spiritual Center
“Make reservation at least 4-8 weeks in advance for an unforgettable sound bath experience!”
  • 217 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“A civilized diner for the Mojave desert with creative spins on the usual fare. Vegan friendly. Service is usually spot-on and the wait is usually not too bad. Massive breakfast selection, as well as Mexican specialties and grilled and toasted sandwiches. ”
  • 222 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Nice trail around the oasis. Friendly rangers and free information. Water and bathroom available ”
  • 157 locals recommend
Lodging
“Great skiers of all levels. Take the local shortcut from our cabin. Head west on Sherwood, left on division and another left on Foxfarm. Edit”
  • 134 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Super funky and totally bazaar! If you have a little time to kill this place will make a good story I can promise you that! And its right around the corner!”
  • 139 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Outlet stores and surrounded by other stores like Bed Bath and Beyond. Also surrounded by restaurants like Olive Garden and BJ's”
  • 39 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Vegetarian, breakfast, brunch, juices and smoothies. Great location to pop in before heading to the park.”
  • 225 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Ah-mazing pizza for being in the middle of the Mojave Desert. We recommend the David Bowie pizza, featuring bacon, onion, and grilled pineapple. During after hike rush hour (6 to 7ish), the place can be packed. Pro tip: call ahead and place your order.”
  • 173 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great place to take kids and adults to enjoy a beautiful day at the Big Bear Zoo!”
  • 121 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“New American joint in the middle of nowhere with odd hours and delicious food.”
  • 218 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Be sure to make a reservation, this place books up FAST!! Slightly fancy (for Big Bear) Food is A+++”
  • 76 locals recommend
Mountain
“The Santa’s Village of the past has been transformed into an outdoor sports Mecca for the whole family. Throwing axes, archery, bike courses, off-road self propelled trikes, rock climbing, zip line, delicious food...you just have to experience it!”
  • 74 locals recommend

Top restaurants

BBQ Joint
“Get there early to see the unique location and then stay (with a reservation made a few weeks in advance) for lunch or dinner to enjoy the deliciously smoky BBQ!”
  • 449 locals recommend
Bar
“Great local bar with 14 beers on tap and yummy food! It gets busy on the weekends so expect a small wait time for a table. ”
  • 254 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“A civilized diner for the Mojave desert with creative spins on the usual fare. Vegan friendly. Service is usually spot-on and the wait is usually not too bad. Massive breakfast selection, as well as Mexican specialties and grilled and toasted sandwiches. ”
  • 222 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Vegetarian, breakfast, brunch, juices and smoothies. Great location to pop in before heading to the park.”
  • 225 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Ah-mazing pizza for being in the middle of the Mojave Desert. We recommend the David Bowie pizza, featuring bacon, onion, and grilled pineapple. During after hike rush hour (6 to 7ish), the place can be packed. Pro tip: call ahead and place your order.”
  • 173 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“New American joint in the middle of nowhere with odd hours and delicious food.”
  • 218 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Be sure to make a reservation, this place books up FAST!! Slightly fancy (for Big Bear) Food is A+++”
  • 76 locals recommend
Diner
“If you want to eat breakfast where the locals go and looking for pancakes bigger than your plate this is the place. Long waits so you will want to go early.”
  • 105 locals recommend

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