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    Journey Along the Majestic Side of California's Sierra

    Journey Along the Majestic Side of California's Sierra
    Starts from

    South Lake Tahoe

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    29

    Duration

    4 days

    Length

    650 mi

    In partnership with

    Visit California

    Guide details

    Starts from

    South Lake Tahoe

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    4 days

    Length

    650 mi

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    • Explore the otherworldly beauty of Mono Lake's tufa towers.
    • Walk among the ghosts of early gold miners.
    • Snap photos where scores of Western movies were filmed.
    The eastern side of California's Sierra Nevada is a fantastic destination to enjoy the great outdoors. From the mountainous scenery of Mammoth Lakes to the ancient volcanic craters of June Lake and the haunting history of mining boomtown Bodie, there are a variety of environments to appreciate. Spend a full four days exploring the region while experiencing food, geology, and culture. The journey is best enjoyed between spring and fall when parks and attractions are fully operational.
    Photo: Rennett Stowe

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    The eastern side of California's Sierra Nevada is a fantastic destination to enjoy the great outdoors. From the mountainous scenery of Mammoth Lakes to the ancient volcanic craters of June Lake and the haunting history of mining boomtown Bodie, there are a variety of environments to appreciate. Spend a full four days exploring the region while experiencing food, geology, and culture. The journey is best enjoyed between spring and fall when parks and attractions are fully operational.
    Photo: Rennett Stowe

    In partnership with

    Visit California
    Frommer's Travel Guides

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    • Explore the otherworldly beauty of Mono Lake's tufa towers.
    • Walk among the ghosts of early gold miners.
    • Snap photos where scores of Western movies were filmed.

    Travel itinerary

    Experiencing History and Mystery in Mono County
    8 Activities

    Day 1

    195 mi

    Experiencing History and Mystery in Mono County

    Heading south from South Lake Tahoe, Highway 395 becomes your guide to the Eastern Sierra, including the remnants of California's Gold Rush history, the dramatic, craggy Eastern Siera scenery and the magical tufa towers of ancient Mono Lake. Photo: Courtesy of Mono County Tourism / Jeff Simpson
    Enjoy Mono County's Landscape From Above and Below
    7 Activities

    Day 2

    101 mi

    Enjoy Mono County's Landscape From Above and Below

    Today's activities will explore local history and landscapes that range from spectacular to head scratching. Catch the gondola up Mammoth Mountain with for amazing valley views, hike to the improbably shaped Devil's Postpile and around Convict Lake, then get steamy at the railroad museum. Plenty of places to stop for good bites throughout the day. Photo: Courtesy of Mammoth Resort
    Exploring Landscapes, Legends, and Loss in the Owens Valley
    7 Activities

    Day 3

    98 mi

    Exploring Landscapes, Legends, and Loss in the Owens Valley

    The first half of your day is witnessing the heartbreak of the historic World War II internment camp, Manzanar, followed by learning the stories of Westerns filmed here. Then, walking in the footsteps of Hollywood giants. After lunch, experience the remnants of this lava-shaped landscape. Photo: Justin Meissen
    Explore the Mojave and Its History on the Way Back to Los Angeles
    7 Activities

    Day 4

    208 mi

    Explore the Mojave and Its History on the Way Back to Los Angeles

    The fourth and final day of your journey offers insight into the life of the desert and the people who lived here, a view into a geological layer cake, and a chance to pay respects at an airplane graveyard. Photo: Spud Hilton
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