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Rugged good looks aren’t just a Hollywood celebrity asset… it’s also a way to describe California’s High Sierra. Home to the deepest canyon in North America to the tallest peak in the lower 48, this region is a must see for anyone coming to California. Here’s a look at what we consider the 7 Wonders of the High Sierra.

Emerald Bay

See Emerald Bay up close on the MS Dixie II

Words don’t do it justice. Pictures just give you a hint. It’s not until your eyes feast upon the waters of Lake Tahoe themselves will you truly understand just how amazing it is. And when it comes to the cherry on top, Emerald Bay State Park is it. The most rugged peaks descend down into the cove itself. Within the bay is the only island in all of Lake Tahoe – Fannette Island. Like a pearl cupped by the Sierra Nevada, you’ll want to put in your pocket and take it home as a keepsake. Instead, take lots of pictures to remember your adventure and share with future generations as well.

Feeling the need to add a bit more luxury to the trip? Consider staying at Tahoe South’s only all-suite hotel – Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel.

Yosemite Valley


Learn more about the Yosemite Valley & what to see there

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t include Yosemite National Park. When Teddy Roosevelt visited in 1903, he was quoted as saying it was like “lying in a great solemn cathedral, far vaster and more beautiful than any built by the hand of man.” To this day, it’s still true. Any first time visitor must see the Yosemite Valley in all its grandeur from the steep cliff face of El Capitan to the massive piece of granite known as Half Dome. And don’t forget the glorious myriad of waterfalls like the Yosemite Fall.

Looking for a place to stay just a few minutes from the southern gate? Consider the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite.

The Giant Sequoias

Learn more about where to see Giant Sequoias in the High Sierra

Did you know that the Earth’s most massive trees reside in the High Sierra? Standing over 300 feet and nearly 50 feet in diameter, a Giant Sequoia is a sight to see in person. For those that want to see the largest, you’ll need to head down to Sequoia National Park and check out General Sherman. Or, explore the OLDEST tourist attraction in California – the Calaveras Big Trees State Park. This grove of Giant Sequoias was discovered by August T. Dowd in 1852, and tourists began arriving shortly after in 1853 to experience the giants themselves.

Just 25 miles west of Sequoia National Park is the San Joaquin Valley’s largest full-service hotel Wyndham Visalia. They’ll make sure you get a good night’s sleep before your day of exploring the wonders of the park.

Kings Canyon

Learn more about Kings Canyon National Park

While the Grand Canyon is “grand”, there’s a crevasse in the Earth’s crust that’s even deeper. And it’s within the least visited national park in the Sierra Nevada – Kings Canyon. The glaciated valley, carved out by the mighty Kings river, is the deepest in the U.S.! Reaching depths of up to 8,200 FEET, it’s no wonder John Muir stated this area is “a rival of the Yosemite.” Also, this national park is home to the LARGEST remaining grove of sequoia trees in the world, the Redwood Canyon.

Mono Lake


Learn more about Mono Lake

At over 760,000 years old, it’s one of the oldest lakes in North America. Featuring a unique landscape with its tufa towers, it seems more sci-fi like than of this world. It is believed that before the L.A. aqueduct was created, nearly 85% of California Gulls started their life here. Although the salinity and alkalinity is too high for fish, it is home to a species of brine shrimp that exists nowhere else in the world. Every spring, 4-6 TRILLION of them rise to the surface making it a stop-over for millions of migrating birds.

Moaning Cavern

Learn more about the California Cavern

Discovered by miners in 1851, the vertical chamber near Angels Camp is so massive that it’s the largest public cavern in California – big enough to hold the entire Statue of Liberty. Getting its name from the luring moaning sounds that echo out of the cave, you can either enjoy it via a 45-minute family-friendly walking tour or dive deep into exploring the catacombs by taking the 3-hour Wild Cavern Adventure trip.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Learn more about the Bristlecone Pine Forest

Ancient doesn’t even describe the age of these wooly mammoth old trees. At a whopping 4,000 years of age, these pines aren’t just the oldest non-clonal living things in California or the U.S. but rather the OLDEST on planet Earth! They’re so old that they were born when humans began to develop the concept of writing. As you weave through the groves of Bristlecone pines, just imagine what these trees have seen.

Note: These forests grow at an elevation of 9,800 – 11,000 feet above sea level, so to visit them, the winter’s snows must be melted away.

We invite you to not just see the 7 Wonders of the High Sierra but also to experience them in all their splendor.

 

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1 day ago

It’s spring. Wildflowers are blooming, roads are opening, and more folks are traveling and camping. It’s dry out there. Please please, please be careful with anything that could start a wildfire!!! 🔥 This reminder is for locals and visitors alike. It’s going to take ALL of us to prevent wildfires in the months to come.

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So pretty. Wish I were there. <3

Beautiful

Beautiful photo!!!

I love that area!!

Beautiful

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2 days ago

In case you didn't get the memo: Mule Days is a GO this year!

In concert with health officials, they are planning for a safe event that fans and spectators will remember for years to come. In compliance with State guidelines, mandatory restrictions and capacity limits will apply to arena seating, so be sure to call now to get your reservations. Some of the popular indoor events have been canceled due to these limits such as the Concert and Opening Night Supper. Sadly, the parade is also on hold until 2022. Good news, though... Mule Days IS happening this year and is going back to the roots where Mule Days is all about the mule!

To read more, or buy tickets, visit: muledays.org/2021/04/16/2020-vision-through-the-eyes-of-a-mule-take-2/

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In case you didnt get the memo: Mule Days is a GO this year! 

In concert with health officials, they are planning for a safe event that fans and spectators will remember for years to come. In compliance with State guidelines, mandatory restrictions and capacity limits will apply to arena seating, so be sure to call now to get your reservations. Some of the popular indoor events have been canceled due to these limits such as the Concert and Opening Night Supper. Sadly, the parade is also on hold until 2022. Good news, though... Mule Days IS happening this year and is going back to the roots where Mule Days is all about the mule!

To read more, or buy tickets, visit: https://muledays.org/2021/04/16/2020-vision-through-the-eyes-of-a-mule-take-2/

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I HAVE NOT BEEN TO BISHOP FOR 30 YEARS AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO A VISIT THERE THIS YEAR. I WAS BORN THERE AND I MAY HAVE A 60TH CLASS REUNION THIS SUMMER. WAITING TO HEAR IF IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN .

Yeah!!! The most fun you can have and still be legal? Or something like that. Stay well.

Thank you for being safe...

We will be there been going there for years Love it

They just approved The Reno Rodeo to full capacity as of two weeks ago and I do believe that the parade will happen as well

I know its a town thing & not affiliated with MD's but any word on the Craft Fair in the Park

No parade outside? Well that’s California for ya! At least there will be an event.

Yep Mule days is coming. this event is when the people are put on show and the Mules get to work out. Mules get to show how smart they are and the people get to show (well we will let you finish this sentence). Come as see for yourself what it is like to be here.

So glad to hear that!!! Miss Bishop soooo much!

The "Mule Days" bumper sticker has worn off the back bumper of the trailer.

Better something than nothing. Sorry to miss it.

Anything happening for 4th of July?

No parade?

what about the arts and crafts at the city park? is that still on?

Nick Chudilowsky

Whoo Hoo 👏

Becka Lynn Kelley

Awesome!

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5 days ago

Who’s hitting the trail this weekend?? Spring has sprung. We have some access to the high country, and warm (ok, maybe hot) temps down here in the valley. Flowers are blooming, snow is melting, and gulls are migrating north. Who loves this time of the year?

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Who’s hitting the trail this weekend?? Spring has sprung. We have some access to the high country, and warm (ok, maybe hot) temps down here in the valley. Flowers are blooming, snow is melting, and gulls are migrating north. Who loves this time of the year? 

#visitbishop #mindfultraveler #RecreateResponsibly
📷 by Betsy Forsyth

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So beautiful and amazing picture thanks for sharing 🙂🙂❤❤

Just came home from there.

I DO,LOVE BISHOP FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS

where are the flowers blooming right now?

Beautiful

Looking lovely!

Beautiful!!!!

Me!

Wish I was😢

BISHOP CA

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6 days ago

A question for our history-lovers!Inyo County has such rich history. What is your favorite historical site in Inyo County???

#inyocounty
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The Indian museum in Independence and Laws

I'm partial to the fish hatchery and it's history. Shame it has never recovered since 2008

I enjoyed Laws years ago with my son, also just enjoyed exploring the Owens valley in search of petroglyphs from indigenous people who lived there, sky rock, 13 moons, and many throughout the valley.

Manzanar

Whitney Hatchery..... not antique but old and wonderful

Look Chris Baird your favorite place . lmao

Schatt's for me.

Famous for Charlie

wasn't Manson held here for destruction of construction equipment years ago, thank God he is gone.....

Charles Manson walked down those steps.

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1 week ago

Here is a little mid-week break for you!! This is just past Aspendell, headed towards Lake Sabrina.
Happy Wednesday!!

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Here is a little mid-week break for you!! This is just past Aspendell, headed towards Lake Sabrina. 
Happy Wednesday!! 

Photo by Betsy Forsyth
#visitbishop #RecreateResponsibly #mindfultraveler

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Took that road every year we camped at Benton crossing.

Will be there soon for Mule Days

OMGoodness! Lucky to know that road so well! Love it, right, Robert Yanasak?

I’ve been there once... it’s beautiful.

Crisp mountain air! I can feel my lips chapping already!

How lovely!

Wish I was there right now! ❤️🛤

Love road shots

Beautiful!!

Love it

I visited there back in 2014! It was serene! Miss is ! Planning to take the kiddos when they can put up with a 4hs drive lol 😂

Looks Awesome.

Awesome.

Brings back wonderful memories living up in Adpendell

Up up & away!

HOME!

I love Aspendale

One of my goals is to buy a house out there one day.

I’ll be there next week Visit Bishop

Know the area so well.

❤️❤️

Hey “ hop- a - long” how we doing?.I’m going with the later “ Say What” ya?.

Beautiful 😍

Neal Tipton

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