The largest county in the continental United States, San Bernardino covers more than 20,000 square miles of California. While its deserts and mountainous terrain are thinly populated, it boasts a population of more than 2 million people. The cities of San Bernardino county include Barstow, Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley. San Bernardino is the county seat.
San Bernardino is part of the Inland Empire and is in southeast California. Bordering both Nevada and Arizona, it is one of only two counties in California that border more than one U.S. state. The majority of county’s residents live south of the San Bernardino Mountains. Another 300,000 residents live just north of the mountains in Victorville, with the remaining 100,000 scattered across the county.
San Bernardino offers a relaxed desert lifestyle along with plenty of history, culture and modern amenities. In addition to miles of arid desert, the county is home to the snow-capped mountains of Big Bear City, the waterfalls of Forest Falls and the wooded expanse of the San Bernardino National Forest. There are also a number of historical sites and museums, including the Cucamonga Rancho Winery and the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum. A multitude of annual festivals, theater events and authentic Mexican food offer residents a taste of California charm.