San Bernardino is the quite-populous namesake city of San Bernardino County, a gigantic expanse of territory that radiates north, northeast, and east for hundreds of miles, all the way to California's borders with Arizona and Nevada. It is directly adjacent to cities like Rialto, Loma Linda, and Highland, as well as the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountain ranges. San Bernadino and Riverside make up the heart of the Inland Empire
, a region characterized by relative isolation from such SoCal population centers as Los Angeles
, Orange County
, and San Diego
, but also by green, open spaces and rural living.
Make no mistake—San Bernardino is a city and a prominent one, with prominent logistics, distribution, and retail industries—but it is also much closer to outdoorsy destinations like Lake Arrowhead, Mount Baldy, and Big Bear than most of the rest of Southern California. San Bernardino is firmly car-dependent. Its major throughways include the 210, 215, and 10 freeways.