Independence California, offers both natural beauty and history

9 Fun Things to Do in Independence, California

If you are planning an Eastern Sierra vacation, Independence offers outstanding natural scenery as well as a number of sights of cultural or historical significance. Located between Bishop and Lone Pine in Inyo County, Independence is often overlooked by visitors to the region. But whether you make it a stop on a Highway 395 road trip, or you plan to … Read More

Hot Creek Geological Site in Mammoth Lakes, CA

Hot Creek Geological Site in Mammoth Lakes, CA: How to Visit This Cool Geothermal Spot!

Located less than ten miles from the Mammoth Lakes town center, Hot Creek Geological Site is a Highway 395 must-visit for its spectacular setting and interesting hydrothermal features. Suggestive of a mini Yellowstone or Lassen Volcanic, Hot Creek Geologic Site is a great place to witness the marvels of geology, from boiling pools and occasional geysers to fumaroles letting off … Read More

Alabama Hills, California

Alabama Hills, California: Things to Do (Movie Road, Mobius Arch + More!)

The Alabama Hills should definitely be on your California itinerary if you enjoy nature and the outdoors! Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will find lots of things to do in the Alabama Hills. This otherworldly landscape of rock formations is nestled at the foot of the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains near the town of Lone Pine, CA, … Read More

Rainbow Falls, Mammoth Lakes, California

Hike to Rainbow Falls in Mammoth Lakes, California

Rainbow Falls in Mammoth Lakes is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in California. Located in Devils Postpile National Monument in the Eastern Sierra, Rainbow Falls tumbles 101 feet over a cliff, creating the perfect picture postcard. Hiking to Rainbow Falls is one of the most popular things to do at Devils Postpile National Monument. On nice weather days, you … Read More

Onion Valley Road near Independence is a stunning drive in California

Onion Valley: A Spectacular Eastern Sierra Drive!

If you are looking for scenic drives in the Eastern Sierra of California, consider Onion Valley! The road going up to the Onion Valley Campground offers spectacular vistas at every turn. Known for its campgrounds, fishing, and epic hiking, Onion Valley lies at an elevation of about 9,200 feet. Onion Valley Road connects the town of Independence, CA, with Onion … Read More

Lake Tahoe is a fabulous fall destination in California

Lake Tahoe in the Fall (Best Things to Do + Travel Guide!)

Lake Tahoe is a magical California vacation spot any time of the year, but Lake Tahoe in the fall is especially enchanting. Lake Tahoe is one of the best places to visit in California in October. Straddling the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. With many beautiful resorts and cozy cabins, … Read More

Mono Lake Tufas Eastern Sierra California

Mono Lake Tufas: How (+ Where) to See Them!

The Mono Lake tufas have been fascinating visitors to the Eastern Sierra of California for many years. A part of Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, the Mono Lake tufa towers are not only beautiful to view and photograph, they are also a habitat for birds and wildlife. Mono Lake is an old lake: over a million years old! Covering … Read More

North Lake in Bishop is a fabulous spot for fall colors in the Eastern Sierra of California.

Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierra: The Best Drives and Hikes!

Looking for fall color in California? Head east to experience fabulous fall colors in the Eastern Sierra. Come September and October, the already spectacularly beautiful Eastern Sierra of California gets dressed up in brilliant fall colors, from yellows and oranges to reds and maroons. If you haven’t experienced fall in the Eastern Sierra yet, it’s time to plan a trip! … Read More

A Highway 395 Road Trip Through the Eastern Sierra of California

Highway 395 Road Trip through the Eastern Sierra in California

The Highway 395 road trip through the Eastern Sierra mountains is spectacularly scenic from end to end, and is one of the most exciting California road trips you can do. It should be on the itinerary of every nature lover that visits California! This epic road trip along Highway 395 (US Route 395) takes you through diverse and beautiful landscapes. … Read More

June Lake Loop is one of the most scenic drives in California!

June Lake Loop: A Scenic Drive in the Eastern Sierra!

In a region known for its eye-popping scenery, June Lake Loop still manages to stand out. The spectacularly scenic road in California’s Eastern Sierra features alpine lakes and majestic mountains, and a variety of activities if you want to stop and explore. Whether you choose to drive June Lake Loop as a brief detour on a longer Highway 395 road … Read More