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Hidden Gems of Highway 395

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US Highway 395 makes a long, lonely sweep along the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains: from Los Angeles to Reno and beyond. Towering peaks fall sharply here to meet the dusty desert floor in a dramatic, open landscape. Marvel at the oldest trees in the world, the tallest mountain in the continental U.S., the inspiring backdrop to many a movie set, and the unique, hospitable individuals who make their homes here. Slow down, take your time, and discover the hidden gems of Highway 395!
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Lone Pine, CA, USA
Until the moment we were behind the wheel, I was under the impression I'd be relaxing pool-side, piña colada in-hand, for 5 days in Vegas. Well apparently I misinterpreted the plan, because we were to spend half the trip camping in the desert—...
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California 93545, USA
Three adventurous fifty something (year olds), friends and busy So. Calif. moms (with a bucket list inspired by AFAR's experiential travel philosophy) decided to tackle Mt. Whitney in a day - 22 miles, 11 up and 11 back, with an elevation of...
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701 S Main St, Lone Pine, CA 93545, USA
Along highway 395 in eastern California is an unassuming building that houses some incredible pieces of film history. The Lone Pine Film History Museum has posters, cars, props and much, much more from the countless films that have been shot in...
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703 Airport Rd, Bishop, CA 93514, USA
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Hidden in the local airport of the small town of Bishop, California, is one of the best Thai restaurants in the state. Owner Weng-Cheong of Malaysia hooked-up with his Thai friend and cook, and as he explained, was "fated" to open this restaurant...
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351 Pacu Ln #200, Bishop, CA 93514, USA
Walk amongst the oldest living things on the planet. It's eerie, a bit weird looking, and out of the way. Isn't that the way you like it? That's why I went. It's nice at night, as you can tell from the photo. The Patriarch Grove in the Ancient...
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3305 Main St, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
Paul Schat's Bakery is a local favorite, so the lines are a bit nuts, but if you are looking for fresh baked pastries before heading out to hike or ski (or any other outdoor activity in Mammoth Lakes) then you want to stop at Schat's. Dutch by...
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18 Lake Mary Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
A quality beer is all about the water, and in Mammoth there is no shortage of it. Mammoth Brewing Company distributes its beer to a number of stores in town and can be found on draught at most restaurants. But for the full experience, you’ll want...
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Mono Lake, California 93541, USA
The colors and incredible rocks at Mono Lake draw you in. It is like no place I have ever visited. The rock formations are called Tufa towers which form in a variety of ways at Mono Lake. The most visible formations are the towers on the lake’s...
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22 Vista Point Road, Lee Vining, CA 93541, USA
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If after a few days of hiking and camping in Yosemite, you are hungry for something greasy, easy, but not yet back indoors, checkout The Whoa Nellie Deli. Drive west from the park, passing through the beautiful Inyo Nation Forest, towards Mono...
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Mt. Dana is a mighty but accessible peak on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park. It's the second-highest mountain in the park, and it is also one of the most convenient to climb: Dana rises to 13,061 feet, but you can reach the summit with...