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Introducing Lee Vining

Hwy 395 skirts the western bank of Mono Lake, rolling into the gateway town of Lee Vining where you can eat, sleep, gas up (for a pretty penny) and catch Hwy 120 to Yosemite National Park when the road’s open. A superb base for exploring Mono Lake, Lee Vining is only 12 miles (about a 30-minute drive) from Yosemite’s Tioga Pass entrance. Lee Vining Canyon is a popular location for ice climbing.

In town, take a quick look at the Upside-Down House, a kooky tourist attraction created by silent film actress Nellie Bly O’Bryan. Originally situated along Tioga Rd, it now resides in a park in front of the tiny Mono Basin Historical Society Museum. To find it, turn east on 1st St and go one block to Mattley Ave.

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