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San Bernardino

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San Bernardino

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San Bernardino [4] 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.

Get in

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 rent a car, west of the city is Burbank Airport (now known as Bob Hope Airport; airport code: BUR) and, lying to the southwest, Long Beach Airport (airport code: LGB). Each of those 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. Flights to LAX are typically more frequent in service and more affordable than those to Ontario Airport; but the convenience of Ontario Airport can be an asset.

Amtrak [5] 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 [6], 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

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. For sure a one of a kind experience.
  • 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.



  • Downtown San


  • 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.



  • Best Western Hospitality Lane, 294 E Hospitality Ln, +1 909-381-1681 (fax: +1 909-888-5120), [1]. $105-160 (Doubles).
  • Days Inn San , 1386 E. Highland Ave,, +1 909-881-1702, [7].
  • Days Inn -Ostrems Way, 2000 Ostrems Way,, +1 909-880-8425, [8].
  • Econo Lodge, 606 N H St, +1 909-383-1188. $65-70.
  • Motel 6 San Bernardino North, 1960 Ostrems Way, +1 909-887-8191 (fax: +1 909-880-9231), [2].
  • Motel 6 San Bernardino South, 111 West Redlands Boulevard, +1 909-825-6666 (fax: +1 909-872-1104), [3].

Get out

San Bernardino is a good launching point for Joshua Tree National Park, and lies halfway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Routes through San Bernardino
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