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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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4 days ago

We are buried in smoke again today, so we thought it would be fun to share a little about how the names of some of the towns in the Eastern Sierra came about. Thank you, California High Sierra for the article!
californiahighsierra.com/trips/california-high-sierra-towns-the-origin-of-their-names/
Photo by Amy Leist
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We are buried in smoke again today, so we thought it would be fun to share a little about how the names of some of the towns in the Eastern Sierra came about. Thank you, California High Sierra for the article!
https://californiahighsierra.com/trips/california-high-sierra-towns-the-origin-of-their-names/
Photo by Amy Leist

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Wow... been a good long while since I’ve been to Bishop. Their high school team was in our league (I went to Tehachapi High) and we traveled there for some football games — something like a 5-6 hour drive each way if I recall correctly. A tough team to beat also. I’m betting it hasn’t changed all that much over all these years (circa late ‘60s).

I'm so sorry the smoke is bad there still. I missed my annual visit this year. It's on my to do list for next year.

We can see it over the Spring Mountains to the West/NW here in Las Vegas. Fortunately, not much of it made it into the LV valley.

Would LOVE to move there if my hubby can find a job nearby!

We left this morning. Not only is it very smokey the smell of smoke is incredible. I don't smoke and I was ready to light up.

Nice photo. That's the real West.

Miss Bishop, Lone Pine, Big Pine, Tinnamaha campground!!!!

No, that is where the theater and Joseph’s used to be. Joseph’s has been gone for some time now. Penny’s is now Dollar General. Unfortunately a lot of vacant stores. Hi Kent!❤️

Hello and good morning. I am planning to drive up to Bishop from Southern California. The main purpose is to see fall colors. May I know if the fall colors are still at peak this coming next two weeks or is it past peak? Thank you for your advice/suggestions.

We were just there.😔

We have to leave too, I almost threw up it was so bad, got to Lee Vining and blue fresh air..take care of yourselves

so sorry for the smoke crazy time for all this year.

I spent a week here and didn't get to see the beauty through the smoke 😏

When was this picture taken, Sunday at 6 am ? never seen it this quiet.

Awesome pic! I wish a Main Street business had a rooftop deck so you can eat with that exact same view!

No smoke in the photo. ??

Is this an old photo? Joseph’s market was the only market back when we lived in Bishop in 1969.

It’s still Smokey? Where is the smoke coming from ?

Beautiful town

I always love to go threw Bishop.

Went thru Bishop yesterday, it was terribly Smokey 😪💚

I wish it was still small !

Does bishop still have a jack in the box

My favorite place ❤️

Isnt that the Old JC Penney store?

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1 week ago

Wonder if this little sheep was as grateful as we were for a view of the mountains this morning??!! Happy Friday! From Bishop, with love ❤️
#keepbishopsafe #mttom
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Wonder if this little sheep was as grateful as we were for a view of the mountains this morning??!! Happy Friday! From Bishop, with love ❤️
#keepbishopsafe #mttom

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Wonderful vacation destination

And a free thinker! This is Good!

🙏praying that it stays like this 💖

I miss Bishop so much and living there too 😢😉❤️

This is one of my favorite places to take pictures when I lived in Bishop. There’s many more.

Sigh. Bishop. Love it.

See you next week little sheep

We loved our visit to Bishop

Miss bishop fun times there

Nice!!!

Oh how I love that view

It was beautiful

Love Bishop

👍

Need snow on them things!

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1 week ago

In case you are wondering what roads and campgrounds are open, here is the latest, as of yesterday, October 14th:
www.sierrawave.net/state-of-inyo-roads-and-campgrounds-whats-open-closed-oct-14
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In case you are wondering what roads and campgrounds are open, here is the latest, as of yesterday, October 14th:
https://www.sierrawave.net/state-of-inyo-roads-and-campgrounds-whats-open-closed-oct-14

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I've been on that same road every year at this time...

It sure was smoky today.

Still hazy there.😥

I love the West.

Beautiful picture thanks for sharing 🙂🙂❤❤

We always used to stay at Brown’s Millpond Campground just north of Bishop. Very nice private campground with a stream running through it. So many wonderful memories from Mule Days!

Up her for 4 day little smoke but really nice trees turning colors

It's the hunting and fishing Road 🏞️🎣🏕️🌌🤠🥰

Love Bishop and the surrounding mountains !!!

Hwy 168 going to Lake Sabrina, North and South lakes?

With I was there.

maybe next weekend any hotel suggestions?

Johanna Atwell

GOD HOW I WISH I WAS ON THAT ROAD... CAREFREE HIWAY...

Lots of nice smoke.....

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1 week ago

The Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance is hosting a virtual 5K walk and fun run this year!!! Going on NOW!! You can do it from WHEREVER you are!!!Hello Friends!☺️
💥 ESCA 20th Annual 5K Walk & Fun Run! 💥October 11-17th! Virtual Edition!
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Thank you for your continued support! ☺️
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The Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance is hosting a virtual 5K walk and fun run this year!!! Going on NOW!! You can do it from WHEREVER you are!!!

1 week ago

Dog days of summer or fall??!!
Last weekend we had warm temps and blue skies again. Fingers crossed we get some more blue skies this weekend!

Photo by Amanda Zhang
#NorthLake #fallcolors #keepbishopsafe
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Dog days of summer or fall??!! 
Last weekend we had warm temps and blue skies again. Fingers crossed we get some more blue skies this weekend!

Photo by Amanda Zhang
#NorthLake #fallcolors #keepbishopsafe

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I heard the colors have peaked in this area. Is it still worth visiting or are there other good spots to hit up?

Beautiful picture.

Wonderful vacation destination

Beautiful

Beautiful picture! Cute dog!

North Lake?

Looking good

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