Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Site in Mono Lake Region

Bodie State Historic Park

At Bodie State Historic Park, a gold-rush ghost town is preserved in a state of 'arrested decay'. Weathered buildings sit frozen in time on a dusty, windswept plain. To get there, head east for 13 miles (the last 3 …
Top Choice Lake in Mono Lake Region

Mono Lake

North America’s second-oldest lake is 70 sq miles, and a quiet and mysterious expanse of deep blue water. The glassy surface reflects jagged Sierra peaks, young volcanic cones and the unearthly tufa (too-fah) towers…
Top Choice Food Truck in June Lake Loop

Ohanas 395

This very good food truck, in the parking lot near June Lake Brewing, serves wait-worthy 'Hawaiian soul food' with a dash of Mexican fusion. It's pretty much the only food like this on offer in the area, and you can…
Top Choice American in Mono Lake Region

Mono Inn

A restored 1922 lodge owned by the family of photographer Ansel Adams, this elegant yet casual lakefront restaurant makes everything from scratch and has correspondingly delectable lake views inside and on the terra…
Top Choice American in Lee Vining

Whoa Nellie Deli

Years after its famed chef moved on to Toomey's at Mammoth Lakes, this Mobil-gas-station restaurant off Hwy 120 is still, surprisingly, a darn good place to eat. Stop in for delicious burgers, fish tacos, wild-buffa…
Top Choice Burgers in Lee Vining

Mono Cone

Looking to satisfy your nostalgia for summertime vacations of yore or want to introduce your kids to a classic roadside joint? Mono Cone will not disappoint. Chow down on juicy burgers, fries and thick shakes at one…
Top Choice Microbrewery in June Lake Loop

June Lake Brewing

A top regional draw, June Lake Brewing's open tasting room serves around 10 drafts, including a 'SmoKin' Porter, Deer Beer Brown Ale and some awesome IPAs. Brewers swear the June Lake water makes all the difference.…
Nature Reserve in Mono Lake Region

South Tufa

Peculiar shaped tufa spires ring the shimmering Mono Lake, but the biggest grove is on the southern rim, with a mile-long interpretive trail. The bizarre limestone shapes are formed when rich calcium underwater spri…
Forest in Bridgeport

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

At 6.3 million acres, this is the largest national forest in the lower 48 states. Most of it is in Nevada, with a small portion around Bridgeport in California.
National Park in Mono Lake Region

Hoover Wilderness

Constituting 128,000 acres of backcountry paradise, Hoover includes the Virginia Lakes, Lundy Lake and high peaks to the west bordering Yosemite National Park.