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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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6 days ago

Sunrise or sunset??? We sure love seeing our beautiful backyard in such incredible light.
Thank you, @verticalvibrations for capturing this shot!
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Sunrise or sunset??? We sure love seeing our beautiful backyard in such incredible light. 
Thank you, @verticalvibrations for capturing this shot!
#KeepInyoOpen #KeepBishopOpen

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Wow beautiful picture. Love the High Sierras ❤❤❤

Gorgeous 😍 spent 4th of July weekend there and I have to say I am in love with Bishop. I can't wait to go back and explore more 😃

California From Palm Springs to Lee Vining and beyond, east of the Sierra Nevada, has perhaps the most stunning visual landscapes in the whole U.S. I am sorry I can never go back there. The people there ruined the experience for me. I was born there, and people from New York, Chicago, Boston, Florida, Arkansas, etc, were all telling me how it was going to be. Between them, the asskicking rednecks, and the thieving hippies, we had to go. Haven't been back except to visit and for funerals since. Going on 51 years.



Beautifil peaceful land.

Ye goode sunrise shot of Long Lake with Mount Goode?

Beautiful picture 😊😊❤❤




Beautiful 👍

I can’t wait to move there in about a year. 😎

Miss this our normally 3 trips has not happened,due to the virus.

just got home from there.😊

Perfect picture. <3

Cant wait til I'm home 😍😍

So beautiful 😍

I never got tired of the magnificent views

Just gorgeous!

Love it!




Rise! 🙂

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7 days ago

The view from near Bishop Pass... endless amounts of lakes, mountains, blue sky and smiles. Is this on your bucket list??
Thanks, @janarenee27 for sharing this photo!
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The view from near Bishop Pass... endless amounts of lakes, mountains, blue sky and smiles. Is this on your bucket list??
Thanks, @janarenee27 for sharing this photo!

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Beautiful, always loved being in the Bishop area, and always stop in at Schats Bakery

One of my favorite backpack routes. From there like to go on to chocolate lakes. Miss those adventures.

We go every year in October when the fall colors are spectacular! 😎😎❤️❤️

What a jaw drop picture. Thank you for sharing this picture !

Ted Mowatt, I have to take you much more to see. We would need to be there for a entire month! Or we could just move there and take our time ;-)

Oh, I love the view. I've been there and loved the view then, too!!

Not this time of year A great place any other time of the year

Been there did North Lake to South Lake loop it was awesome.

What lakes are those actually a this part of ansel Adams wilderness area

Always stop at the Schats Bakery when in Bishop area.Beautiful country ❣️❣️

Great loop ... South Lake to North Lake via the John Muir trail.

What a gorgeous view!

My favorite place be soon there

Awesome picture.. Thank you for sharing!

I think I may need to go there!

The people & the bakery!

Beautiful countryside

Breath taking and wonderous.

Been there love it

Beautiful Picture

Can We travel there yet? I'm in Sonoma County


Beautiful Bishop🧡

How amazing!

I’d like to hike up here sometime. 😎

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1 week ago

Sending a little sunshine to all of our friends near and far.
We sure do appreciate all of the support and love you are sending our way. What an amazing community of caring individuals we have!! #KeepBishopOpen #KeepInyoOpen
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Sending a little sunshine to all of our friends near and far. 
We  sure do appreciate all of the support and love you are sending our way. What an amazing community of caring individuals we have!! #KeepBishopOpen #KeepInyoOpen 
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This picture ❤ makes me Happy Thank you

Hope all is going well in Bishop. We’ve been holding off visiting with these spikes in the virus. Hope this ends sooner than later. I hope your visitors are taking appropriate safety precautions to keep your community safe. 👍🏻👏🏻🙏🏻❤️🎣🐟😎🇺🇸

How lovely!

Can’t wait to get back!

It's so HOT here in Sonoma County

Marique Corsius en Merle Corsius...precies 52 weken geleden waren we op weg naar dit mooie dorpje...ons leven als camperaars begon 😍

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1 week ago

Do you love going into the backcountry? Here is a great video by Inyo Search and Rescue (SAR) reminding folks to please be smart about it.

From InyoSAR:
"With the start of what is sure to be a busy summer after months of Coronavirus lockdown, the STOP campaign was created to partner with visitors by supporting them to be prepared for their time in the mountains of Inyo County. The campaign's letters, STOP, stand for four key principles that, in the team's experience, will help people get back down the mountain safely.
The principles are:

S - Stay Together
T - Turn Around
O - Ownership
P - Prepare and Train

Although backcountry helicopter rescues capture headlines, in reality, helicopter rescues are extremely limited and risky. Inyo County Search and Rescue works with several excellent and capable helicopter agencies, but has no control of availability or other limiting factors such as high winds, heat, altitude, or

Most people don’t know that many who call for rescues or use their emergency beacons to call SOS
actually aren’t in a life-threatening situation. Rather, many of these callers are not prepared for their mountain objective and are looking for an easy way out of an unexpected, but non-emergency predicament."

Let's do our part to stay safe!!
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