Things to do Along Highway 395
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
These twisted, gnarled trees are some of the oldest living things on earth.
Bodie State Historic Park
A Sierras gold rush town in a state of "arrested decay," possibly the best-preserved ghost town in the West.
Crowley Lake is so pretty, it's no wonder trout like to hang out in it.
Devil's Postpile National Monument
On the east side of the Sierras near Yosemite. Unusual rock formations.
Hot Creek Geological Site
Hot water springs bubble to the surface here, flowing into the passing creek, making it "hot." You'll find bubbling fumaroles and the occasional geyser erupting here, making it look like a mini-Yellostone. Just downstream is the Hot Creek Fish Hatchery is where many of the "big ones" swimming in the local waters got their start.
You don't have to go to Alaska to experience a dog sledding tour.
Hot Springs in Eastern California
This part of California boasts some really nice, natural hot springs. Our guide will help you find them, whether you want to enjoy them developed or undeveloped.
Lone Pine Film Festival
Lone Pine is the pilgrimage festival to fans of Westerns, with screenings of classis films and tours of the famous locations featured in them.
Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua
The Chautauqua is an event of major proportions for bird watchers, but it's fun for everyone else, too.
At 14,496 feet elevation, Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states.
Mountain Climbing with Sierra Mountain Guides
Sierra Mountain Guides offers rock climbing classez and hiking trips designed for novices and requiring no previous experience. They also offer Perseid Meteor Shower hikes and full moon hikes.
Best known for its "tufa" towers, Mono Lake is a fascinating place, with photogenic vistas and lots of interesting natural features.
The town is just off Hwy 395 and there's not just one lake but four of them. It's popular for fishing and especially beautiful in fall.
Named for escaped convicts who shot it out with a sheriff's posse here in the nineteenth century, Convict Lake is one of the prettiest lakes in eastern California, flanked on three sides by towering granite peaks and ringed with aspen trees that turn golden in fall.
Manzanar National Historic Site
Manzanar was the site of a World War II internment camp, where people of Japanese ancestry were imprisoned during World War II, on the grounds that they might threaten the war effort. The historic site preserves what their existence was like.