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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 Rodeo in Bishop

Mule Days

Every Memorial Day weekend, Bishop hosts one of the more unique rodeo-like events in the US, celebrating and testing the skills of 'packers', the cowboys running backcountry trips. Of the many shows and events, the …
Top Choice Californian in Oakhurst

Erna's Elderberry House

With wall tapestries, oil paintings and ornate chandeliers, the Californian-French restaurant at Château du Sureau could be a castle. But you don't have to be royalty to eat here (and the service is notably unstuffy…
Top Choice American in Mammoth Lakes Region

Convict Lake Resort Restaurant

Equally popular with tourists and locals dining out for special occasions, Convict Lake is widely considered to be the best restaurant within a 100-mile radius. Expertly prepared fish and meat dishes like Scottish s…
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 views. Stop in for the occasional …
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 Diner in Mariposa

Happy Burger

Burgers, fries and shakes served with a heavy dose of nostalgic Americana. Happy Burger, decorated with old LP album covers, and boasting the largest menu in the Sierra, offers one of the cheaper meals in town. Besi…