Top things to do

Top Choice Modern American in Mono Lake

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 delectable views to match. Stop in for the occasional live ba…
Top Choice Historic Site in Independence

Manzanar National Historic Site

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

Laws Railroad Museum & Historic Site

Railroad and Old West aficionados should make a detour on Hwy 6 to this museum. It re-creates 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 American in Yosemite National Park

Mountain Room Restaurant

With a killer view of Yosemite Falls, the window tables at this casual yet elegant contemporary restaurant are a hot commodity. Plates of flat-iron steak, cider-brined pork chops and locally caught mountain trout wo…
Top Choice Museum in Independence

Eastern California Museum

Contains one of the most complete collections of Paiute and Shoshone baskets in the country, as well as artifacts from the Manzanar Relocation Center and historic photographs of primitively equipped local rock climb…
Top Choice Market in Lone Pine

Whitney Portal Store

Food, beer, souvenirs and excellent advice from the friendly staff make this the (only) place to visit before and/or after your hike up Mt Whitney. It sits just a few yards from the trailhead and is only open during…
Top Choice Forest in Yosemite National Park

Mariposa Grove

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

Glacier Point

If you drove up here, the views from 7214ft Glacier Point can make you feel like you cheated somehow – a huge array of superstar sights present themselves without any physical effort. A quick mosey up from the parki…
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 Ran…
Top Choice Californian in Yosemite National Park

Evergreen Lodge

Creative and satisfying, the Evergreen’s restaurant serves some of the best meals around, with big and delicious breakfasts, three types of burgers (Black Angus beef, buffalo and veggie) and dinner choices including…