Attractions

Top Choice Forest in Yosemite National Park

Mariposa Grove

With their massive stature and multi-millennium maturity, the chunky high-rise sequoias of Mariposa Grove will make you feel rather insignificant. The largest grove of giant sequoias in the park, Mariposa is home to…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Yosemite National Park

Glacier Point

If you drove, the views from 7214ft Glacier Point might make you feel like you cheated – superstar sights present themselves to you without your having made hardly any physical effort. A quick mosey up from the park…
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 th…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Lone Pine

Alabama Hills

The warm colors and rounded contours of the Alabama Hills, located on Whitney Portal Rd, stand in contrast to the jagged, snowy Sierras just behind. The setting for countless ride-‘em-out movies, the popular Lone Ra…
Top Choice Lake in Mono Lake Region

Mono Lake

North America’s second-oldest lake is a quiet and mysterious expanse of deep blue water whose glassy surface reflects jagged Sierra peaks, young volcanic cones and the unearthly tufa (too-fah) towers that make the l…
Top Choice Historic Site in Independence

Manzanar National Historic Site

A stark wooden guard tower alerts drivers to one of US history's darkest chapters, which unfolded on a barren, windy sweep of land some 5 miles south of Independence. Little remains of the infamous war concentration…
Top Choice Museum in Bishop

Laws Railroad Museum & Historic Site

Railroad and Old West aficionados should make a detour off Hwy 6 to this museum. It recreates the village of Laws, an important stop on the route of the Slim Princess, a narrow-gauge train that hauled freight and pa…
Top Choice Forest in Big Pine

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

To visit some of the earth's oldest living things, budget a half-day for the thrilling drive up to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. These gnarled, otherworldly-looking trees are found above 10,000ft on the slope…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Mammoth Lakes

Earthquake Fault

On Minaret Rd, about 1 mile west of the Mammoth Scenic Loop, detour to gape at Earthquake Fault, a sinuous fissure half a mile long gouging a crevice up to 20ft deep into the earth. Ice and snow often linger at the …
Mountain in Yosemite National Park

Half Dome

Yosemite's most distinctive natural monument, Half Dome is 87 million years old and has a 93% vertical grade – the sheerest cliff in North America. Climbers come from around the world to grapple with its legendary n…