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Sierra Nevada Points of Interest

Sierra Nevada Points of Interest

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California Sierra Nevada attractions are as simple as an old jail. Others include waterfalls, hot springs, fish hatcheries and an upside-down schoolhouse. From the Vikingsholm on Lake Tahoe to Giant Sequoia trees in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, here you'll find unique Sierra Nevada points of interest and other popular attractions.

Lake Tahoe Points of Interest

Old Jail Museum is located off Interstate 80 from Lincoln Highway. The museum is housed in an historic jail that was used from 1875 to 1964. Notorious characters that have spent time in the 'Bastille' include Baby Face Nelson, Ma Spinelli and Machine Gun Kelly. Exhibits focus on local history of lumbering, ice harvesting, film, gambling and bootlegging.

Old Jail Museum
10142 Jibboom Street
Truckee, California 96161
(530) 582-0893

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Donner Memorial State Park is located off Interstate 80 from Donner Pass Road. Donner Memorial State Park includes a large recreational lake, campground, museum, nature trails, cross-country ski park and more. The Emigrant Trail Museum and Pioneer Monument commemorate the struggle of early pioneers heading west with an emphasis on the Donner Party. The lake features a launch ramp with boat rentals available from ski boats to canoes.

Donner Memorial State Park
12593 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 582-7892

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Vikingsholm was constructed in the late 1920's of a castle-like Scandinavian design. This was the private summer residence of one of Lake Tahoe's most prominent residents. It features stone walls, intricately carved wood framing, a sod roof and period furnishings. Tours of the interior are held during summer months. The Tea House portion of Vikingsholm is situated atop a small island in the middle of Emerald Bay and can only be accessed by boat. Access to Vikingsholm is possible via a steep one mile hike from a parking lot off Highway 89, or by boat with a dock available in Emerald Bay.

Vikingsholm Mansion & Visitor Center
Highway 89 @ Emerald Bay
Tahoma, California 96142
(530) 541-3030

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Hellman-Ehrman Mansion is a 1903 log mansion situated in Sugar Pine Point State Park. Also known as 'Pine Lodge' it was once considered one of the finest lodges in the Sierras and featured the most modern utilities of the day including electric lights, indoor plumbing and steam generators. Today the home stands as one of Tahoe's finest examples of opulent living along the lake. Tours are held July through Labor Day in September.

Hellman-Ehrman Mansion
7595 Highway 89
Tahoma, California 96142
(530) 525-3345

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Watson Cabin Living Museum is located off Highway 28 near Grove Street. Situated lakeside, this 1908 home was the first built in Tahoe City and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Watson's were one of the first year-round residents of Lake Tahoe. The home is furnished and decorated in turn of the century fashion, offering a glimpse into the lives of the early pioneers.

Watson Cabin Living Museum
560 North Lake Boulevard
Tahoe City, California 96145
(530) 583-8717

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Squaw Valley Olympic Ice Rink

Winter Olympics Museum is located mid-mountain at Squaw Valley. Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics and all kinds of memorabilia from the event can be found in the museum. They even have an Olympic podeum that the bronze, silver and gold winners once stood upon to receive their medals. Take time to rent ice skates and skim across the Olympic-sized ice arena with astounding panoramic views of the Lake Tahoe region. Other amenities found at High Camp include a huge heated swimming lagoon, hot tubs, restaurants and shops. High Camp is only accessible by ski gondola.

Squaw Valley USA
Winter Olympics Exhibit
1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, California 96146
(530) 583-6985

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Thunderbird Lodge is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. This 1936 historic home resembles a castle and is a National Historic Site featuring several structures with Bavarian castle architecture. These include a lodge, lighthouse, card house, boathouse and many servant and guest quarters. The boathouse contains the Thunderbird Yacht, which is one of the most exquisite examples of wooden pleasure boats found in the world. Tours are by reservation only. Vintage Boat Tours offers an arrive-by-water option.

Thunderbird Lodge
5000 Highway 28
Incline Village, NV 89451
(800) 468-2463

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Sand Harbor State Park is located 3 miles south of Incline Village off Highway 28. This Nevada-side State Park is one of Lake Tahoe's most popular beaches offering swimming, picnicking and unparalleled beauty. Enjoy sunbathing or swimming from the sandy beach or photographing the boulder-laden turquoise shoreline that Tahoe is known for worldwide. Sand Harbor is undoubtedly the most photographed location in all of Lake Tahoe's 71-miles of shoreline. The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is held at Sand Harbor every year from July through August. Bring your picnic basket, wine and revelry for a lakeside evening with Shakespeare.

Sand Harbor State Park
Incline Village, Nevada 89452
(775) 831-0494

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Taylor Creek viewing window

Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe. This nature center features short paved walking trails through wetlands and along Taylor Creek. Rainbow Trail has a Stream Profile Chamber where a portion of Taylor Creek diverted along side a below-ground viewing chamber. Native trout such as rainbows and brooks are commonly seen and beginning in October, Kokanee Salmon can be seen as they begin their spawning runs in Taylor Creek. Souvenirs and reference materials such as nature books and maps are available at the visitor center.

Stream Profile Chamber
Taylor Creek Visitor Center
Visitor Center Road
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
(530) 543-2674

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Eagle Falls is located off Highway 89 directly across the road from Emerald Bay. This short and easy hike from parking lot leads to Upper and Lower Eagle Falls as they descend from Eagle Lake to Emerald Bay. Consider taking the Eagle Falls Trail to several secluded alpine lakes. Easily combine your visit to Eagle Falls with a tour of Vikingsholm.

Eagle Falls
Emerald Bay
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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Cascade Falls is located off Highway 89 south of Emerald Bay. trailhead starts from parking lot in the back of Bayview Campground, which is located across Highway 89 from Inspiration Point. A short hike leads to the 200-foot tall Cascade Falls. Consider taking the Bay View Trail to several secluded alpine lakes and terrific views of Emerald Bay. Easily combine your visit to Cascade Falls with a tour of Vikingsholm.

Cascade Falls
Emerald Bay
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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Glen Alpine Falls is located at the south end of Fallen Leaf Lake. A series of impressive waterfalls drop 60 feet through a tight granite canyon. Situated directly off the road so the hike is minimal. Park near the Fire Station, head south on Glen Alpine Road and the falls will be on the right between Fallen Leaf Lake and Lily Lake. Consider taking the Glen Alpine Trail to several secluded alpine lakes.

Glen Alpine Falls
Fallen Leaf Lake
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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Tallac Historic Site features several wooden structures built in the late 1800's to the early 1900's that once comprised an elite, lakeside resort community. Socialites of San Francisco's high society used the property as a summer retreat. Today the property is maintained and managed by the U.S. Forest Service and offers a glimpse into the luxury living of a bygone era's aristocracy. Also offered is a museum, tours and concert & theatre events through the summer.

Tallac Historic Site
Heritage Way
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
(530) 541-5227

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Markleeville is located off Highway 89 between South Lake Tahoe and Bridgeport. This small town has very few buildings other than a general store, gas station, lodge and restaurant & bar. Markleeville has a rich history in silver mining which is documented at the Alpine County Museum in town. The nearby Grover Hot Springs State Park offers campgrounds and large thermal spring-fed pools. Head for the Nevada border on Highway 89 to Topaz Lake for gambling, entertainment and fishing. Markleeville is situated along side the beautiful Carson River. Local activities include kayaking, whitewater rafting, trout fishing, hiking, biking, camping, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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Grover Hot Springs State Park is located south of Lake Tahoe on Highway 89, just outside the town of Markleeville. No matter which direction you come from, it is one of the most beautiful and remote drives in the entire state. The highlight of Grover Hot Springs are several heated mineral pools that are enjoyed by visitors as well as locals from the area. A large State Park campground is within walking distance of the pools. The nearby town of Markleeville offers a restaurant, bar, groceries and fuel.

Grover Hot Springs State Park
Markleeville, CA 96120
(530) 694-2248

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Calaveras Giant Redwood

Calaveras Big Trees State Park is located east of Stockton and four miles northeast of Arnold on highway 4. This is a Giant Sequoia forest with a self-guided trail and campgrounds. Activities include hiking and camping. Some State Park campgrounds are located adjacent to the redwood forest but other, more secluded campsites, are farther into the park. The self-guided tour is the most interactive we've seen in a Giant Sequoia park with multiple walk-through trees and a bench that tilts back perfectly to relax and view the entire span of a giant redwood. The hard-packed trails and boardwalks through the forest are wheelchair accessible when dry.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, The Tunnel Tree at Calaveras Big Trees, also known as the "Pioneer Cabin Tree", fell on January 8th, 2017.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Arnold, California 95223
(209) 795-2334

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Bridgeport Points of Interest

Welcome to Bridgeport

Bridgeport is located off Highway 395 just south of the Nevada border. Bridgeport is situated in a high altitude meadow used for farming. This small town is THE place if you are a fisherman. Twin Lakes is just over 10 miles out of town and holds the record for the largest brown trout in California. If you're a fly fishing purest, the backcountry Virginia Lakes are perfect for catching wild browns, brooks and rainbows. The larger Bridgeport Reservoir offers boating and water activities. Camping is available at several lakes and along the immensely picturesque Walker River to the north of Bridgeport. Even if you're just passing through, stop by the Bridgeport Inn for a meal, cup of coffee and some excellent, small-town hospitality. Nearby attractions include Mono Lake, Bodie Ghost Town and gambling just over the Nevada border at Topaz Lake

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Buckeye Hot Springs are located off Highway 395 west of Bridgeport. Watch for Buckeye turnoff to dirt road approximately 4-miles northwest of Bridgeport. Follow dirt road approximately 5 miles southwest to parking lot and descend a short trail to Buckeye Creek and the hot springs. Buckeye Hot Springs is a sectioned off area of creek with a rock overhang and small waterfall of spring water. Can also be reached from Twin Lakes Road.

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Travertine Hot Springs are located off Highway 395 east of Bridgeport. Head east on the road just north of the Toiyabe National Forest Ranger Station. Lean left at the Y onto the dirt road. Follow for approximately 1 mile to a parking lot and walk the short trail to the hot springs. Travertine Hot Springs features several small pools of geothermal water. Enjoy panoramic views of Bridgeport Valley and High Sierra peaks while soaking in the mineral waters of Travertine.

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Bodie Ghost Town

Bodie Ghost Town is located off Highway 395 between Lee Vining and Bridgeport. What a cool place this is, and definitely California's best ghost town. Tucked in the High Sierra foothills, this town of 20 grew to a thriving city when gold was discovered in 1877. Within a few short years the gold ran out and the town was completely abandoned. The goldmine employed thousands and stories of rampant gun fights followed. Buildings from the original town and mine still exist in a state of decay. Original furniture and stocked shelves were left as they were found. A cemetery remains up on a hill outside of town and tells a tale of the harsh winters miners experienced. If your travels take you anywhere near Bodie, this is a must see.

TIP: It's about a 12 mile drive from the 395 on Highway 270 to Bodie. The last 3 miles of which are dirt and gravel. Although the park is open year round, winter and early spring are not recommended due to snow and mud hazards.

Bodie State Historic Park
Bridgeport, California 93517
(760) 647-6445

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Mono Lake tufas

Mono Lake is located north of Lee Vining off Highway 395. This large but shallow lake is one of the oldest lakes in North America. Mono tufas are mineral deposits that protrude above the lake's surface. The water is 2.5 times saltier than the ocean, which results in additional buoyancy when swimming. You don't want to get it in your eyes or cuts. Alkali flies sometimes cover the shoreline of the lake but stay near the surface and are not really a nuisance. Activities include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and cross-country skiing.

Mono Lake Visitor Center
Lee Vining, California 93541
(760) 647-6331

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Old Schoolhouse Museum is located off Interstate 395 from 1st Street. Situated inside Mono Lake's Old Schoolhouse, the museum focuses on the history and cultures of the Mono Basin. Exhibits include farming & mining equipment, Native American artifacts, gold mining implements and more. Of special interest is the 'Upside-Down House'.

Old Schoolhouse Museum
1st Street and Mattly Avenue
Lee Vining, California 93541
(760) 647-6461

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Mammoth Lakes Points of Interest

Silver Lake

June Lake Loop is located off Highways 395 and 158 between Mammoth Mountain and Lee Vining. June has a large ski resort and is a great alternative to the massive Mammoth Mountain Resort. Don't blink as you go through the small town of June Lake or you might miss it. June offers quaint country cabins or luxury cabins like the Double Eagle Resort. Several lakes are encompassed by the June Lake Loop and are all great for fishing and swimming. Boat rentals are available at all four lakes. Several hiking options lead to high-alpine lakes and meadows. Fishing, hiking, horseback riding and skiing & boarding are the popular activities at June Lake.

TIP: Half of the June Lake Loop is closed in winter.

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Rainbow Falls

Mammoth Lakes is located off Highway 395 between June Lake and Bishop. Mammoth is an outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. Far from being a small town, activities at Mammoth include horseback riding, golfing, fishing, camping, off-roading, hiking, backpacking, boating, skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and mountain biking. The focal point is Mammoth Mountain Resort which offers downhill skiing in winter and downhill mountain biking in summer. Mammoth also features several lakes that are teaming with rainbow trout. Boat rentals are available at several of the lakes. Campgrounds are situated along side lakes and the surrounding Mammoth region. You'll find the ball will fly farther at one of Mammoth's high-altitude golf courses. Backcountry hikes head to beautiful and unique places like Rainbow Falls and Devils Postpile. Mammoth Mountain is actually an active volcano and evidence of this is found all over the region with sites like Obsidian Dome, Inyo Craters and Hot Creek hot springs. Nearby points of interest include the Hot Creek Fish Hatchery, Convict Lake, Bodie Ghost Town, June Lake Loop, Mono Lake and Yosemite National Park. The town of Mammoth Lakes is a large mix of restaurants, condos, cabins, resorts and hotels that support the hoards of skiers that descend on Mammoth Mountain during the winter. Summer offers a bit more elbow room with plenty of sites to discover and explore. There is so much to see and do in Mammoth that we've dedicated an entire page to Mammoth Lakes.

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Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is located 10 miles past Mammoth Mountain Ski Area's Main Lodge on Highway 203. A mandatory shuttle bus is required and is available at the Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge area. The first stop is Reds Meadows, which is popular with backpackers. The second stop is for Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls. Devils Postpile is a short hike from the drop off point but Rainbow Falls is worth putting in the few miles extra on the same trail. This is an enormous waterfall depending on yearly rainfall and swimming is allowed at the base. That's us in the picture on the bottom right to give you a perspective on size. Of course, the size depends on the rainfall that year and the season, with Spring yielding the most volume.

Rainbow Falls
Mammoth Mountain Resort
1 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, California 93546
(800) 626-6684

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Obsidian Dome & Inyo Craters are located northeast of Mammoth Lakes along the Mammoth Scenic Loop. Three large craters lend proof to Mammoth's volcanic past. They were formed by a steam explosion approximately 700 years ago and today are over 600 feet wide and 200 feet deep with small lakes at the bottom. Nearby is Obsidian Dome, a huge mountain of obsidian which is the black volcanic glass that Native American's once favored in making arrowheads.

Obsidian Dome / Inyo Craters
Mammoth Scenic Loop
Mammoth Lakes, California 93546

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Devils Postpile photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Devils Postpile is located near in the vicinity of Mammoth Mountain off Highway 395. The monument features one of the world's finest examples of columnar basalt. A wall of black, hexagonal columns rise 60-feet high from the hiking trail. Access to this area can only be attained by shuttle from the Mammoth Mountain Ski Chalet. Once dropped off at the visitor center, you have many hiking options to choose from. Devils Postpile is a short hike but we recommend continuing a few more miles to Rainbow Falls. You will not be disappointed. Fly fisherman hone their skills in the San Juaquin River located in the meadow directly behind the visitor center. Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls are sites you must see if you visit this region of the Sierra Nevada.

Devils Postpile
Mammoth Ski Chalet
1 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, California 93546

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Hot Creek Hot Springs

Hot Creek Hot Springs are located 3-miles south on Interstate 395 from the Highway 203/Mammoth turnoff. From Interstate 395, turn north at Hot Creek Fish Hatchery Road and follow the signs. The last 1.5-miles is unpaved but well maintained. Parking is available near public restrooms and picnic areas. Geothermal vents form small, super-heated mineral pools that emit steam on cold days. Under stream vents heat Hot Creek to jacuzzi temperatures and creek-side vents emit scalding hot gas. Although visitors can often be found swimming in the creek, it is highly discouraged due to the instability of the vents. Many people have been burned in Hot Creek. During the winter, the last 1.5-miles is not cleared of snow and makes for a short cross-country ski trail. Steam from the region can be enormous during the winter months.

Hot Creek Hot Springs
Mammoth Lakes, California 93546

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Hot Creek Fish Hatchery is located off Interstate 395, 3-miles south of the Mammoth turnoff. From Interstate 395, turn north at Hot Creek Fish Hatchery Road and follow the signs. Long, narrow pools are teaming with trout that are raised by the Department of Fish & Game for anglers throughout the region. The naturally warm waters of Hot Creek provide an ideal spawning environment. Trout from this hatchery are stocked in streams and lakes throughout the Sierras. Sizes range from a half-pound to five-pounds-plus. Pools are open for easy viewing and visitors are welcome at no charge.

Hot Creek Fish Hatchery
Hot Creek Hatchery Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

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Inn at Benton Hot Springs is located approximately 40 miles north of Bishop and east of Lee Vining near the junction of Highways 6 & 120. Benton Hot Springs is a rustic resort offering a B&B Inn, two vacation homes and 10 campsites that each come with their own private soaking tub filled with naturally heated spring water. The campsites are available for day use or overnight camping and feature either wooden or concrete hot tubs. Just 4 miles east is the historic town of Benton that was once a railroad stop on the way to the Bodie gold mine.

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Lone Pine Points of Interest

Mt.Whitney trailhead

Mt. Whitney is located east of Lone Pine off Highway 395. Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states at 14,395 feet. Permits are required for hiking and obtainable at the Mt. Whitney Ranger Station in Lone Pine. Hiking is prohibit during Winter months. Even when hiking in Summer winter gear is necessary near the top. You can drive to Whitney Portal at 8,000 feet and camp without a permit. The rest is a serious 11 mile hike to the summit with several base camps along the way for acclimation. Take into consideration that even though it's 100-degrees in Lone Pine, the top of Whitney can be near freezing. You MUST take altitude precautions when hiking this mountain. This climb has become popular and crowded over the years, so consider that lower base camps can fill up early and you may have to continue on to 11,000 feet your first day.

Mt. Whitney Ranger Station
640 S. Main Street
Lone Pine, California 93545

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Alabama Hills are located along Whitney Portal Road off Highway 395 in Lone Pine. This is a beautiful rock upwelling landscape that has been worn by centuries of severe weather conditions. Many old western movies, TV commercials and videos were filmed here. Visitors enjoy camping, fishing, hiking and mountain biking. Elk herds can often be seen in this area.

Lone Pine Visitor Center
126 S. Main Street
Lone Pine, California 93545
(877) 253-8981

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Indian Trading Post in Lone Pine

Indian Trading Post is located off Interstate 395 in Lone Pine. Stop off at the Indian Trading Post to see autographs of the many famous actors that have starred in movies that were filmed here. Celebrities have carved and autographed their names around the front door frame and interior walls. The trading post is shared with the Totem café which serves deli-style meals, refreshments and microbrews. An outdoor patio offers views of Mt. Whitney.

Indian Trading Post
137 S. Main Street
Lone Pine, California 93545
(760) 876-4641

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Yosemite Attractions

Giant Sequoias in Mariposa Grove

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is located off Highway 41 at the southernmost entrance gate. This is the largest Giant Sequoia park in Yosemite and also the most accessible. The grove is split into an upper and lower portion. Choose to explore on foot or by tram. Total distance is 5 to 6 miles round trip but there are nearly a dozen dirt trails that wind through the grove making it easy to spend an entire day there. Multiple interesting trees include the Grizzly Giant, Fallen Monarch, California Tunnel Tree, Telescope Tree and many more. There are Visitor Centers at the parking lot and the top of the grove where there are restrooms and souvenirs. Parking can be tight in the summer months - consider parking at the Wawona store and catching the Mariposa Grove shuttle.

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Yosemite National Park
Highway 41
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
(209) 372-0200

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Yosemite Falls is located off Highway 140 in the heart of Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America rising 2,425 feet above the valley floor. A short, wheelchair accessible, trail leads to the base of Lower Yosemite Falls. Another, strenuous 7.5-mile trailheads up the granite face to the top of the falls. trailhead parking lot is located off Northside Drive across the road from the Yosemite Lodge, Shuttle stop #7.

Yosemite Falls
Yosemite National Park
Highway 140 - Northside Drive
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
(209) 372-0200

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Nevada & Vernal Falls are located at the end of Yosemite Valley past Half Dome Village. Known as 'The Mist Trail', this is a 12-mile round trip moderately strenuous hike to the top of Nevada Falls. Paved and steep trail leads to Vernal Falls footbridge. Continue on through a steep and narrow staircase to the top of Vernal Falls. Continue past Vernal Falls to an even steeper climb up Nevada Falls. Bring rain gear because the trail can be very precipitous. Watch for the John Muir Trail cutoff at the restrooms for an easier and less moist route. This is one of Yosemite's most beautiful and popular hikes. Add another 20 miles round trip along the same trail to the top of Half Dome. trailhead and parking are at Happy Isles, shuttle stop #16.

Nevada & Vernal Falls
Yosemite National Park
Highway 140 - Southside Drive
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
(209) 372-0200

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Yosemite Valley from the Wawona Tunnel

Wawona Tunnel is located off Highway 41 just west of Yosemite Valley. The eastern entrance to the tunnel has a large parking area and offers one of the best expansive views of Yosemite Valley. Many of Yosemite's most notable sites can be captured in a single image including El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, Cathedral Rocks and Half Dome.

TIP: A short but steep trail can be found across the road from the Wawona Tunnel parking area that leads to Inspiration Point, an even better view of Yosemite Valley.

Wawona Tunnel
Yosemite National Park
Highway 41
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
(209) 372-0200

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Bridalveil Falls is located off Highway 41 just east of the Wawona Tunnel. Short, paved trail is wheelchair accessible and leads directly up to the base of Bridalveil Falls. Can be very wet after good winters.

Bridalveil Falls
Yosemite National Park
Highway 41
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
(209) 372-0200

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Wawona Pioneer History Center is located near the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park off Highway 41. This outdoor museum features historic buildings, a covered bridge and a collection of wagons and other early pioneer equipment.

Wawona Pioneer History Center
Yosemite National Park
Forest Drive
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
No Phone

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Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is located in Fishcamp just south of Yosemite National Park off Highway 41. The route traverses through the sequoia trees from Fishcamp to Oakhurst and back. Many tour options are available including full meals and train cars include open-air and enclosed.

TIP: Consider an evening train ride and theatrical show presented by the Golden Chain Theatre of Oakhurst.

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
56001 Highway 41
Fish Camp, California 93623
(559) 683-7273

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Bass Lake is located off Highway 41 between Yosemite National Park and Fresno. Bass Lake features a large Alpine lake with a lakeside resort, campgrounds, boating, fishing, swimming and water-skiing. The Pines Resort at Bass Lake is a lakeside resort that offers accommodations, a restaurant, bar & grill, spa, marina and much more. The Pines Bar often has live entertainment and holiday celebrations. There are many nearby attractions. Head a short distance north into Yosemite National Park, California's crown jewel of natural wonders. Hop on the Yosemite Mountain Sugarpine Railroad for a train ride through the lush sequoia wilderness. Perfect your game at the Wawona Golf Course in Yosemite. Enjoy a local play at the Golden Chain Theatre in Oakhurst. Walk amongst the tallest living things on Earth at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

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Points of Interest in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Boyden Cavern is located off Highway 180 west of Fresno in Kings Canyon National Park. Head north on 180 (Kings Canyon Highway) past Grant Grove Village for several miles. The parking lot is next to a bridge at the bottom of the canyon where the the Kings River crosses under the road. Stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones covered in crystals and rimstone dams can be seen along a 45-minute guided walking tour. Choose to return the same way or take the more adventurous 'Wet Trail' out of the cavern. Open seasonally April through September.

Boyden Cavern
74101 E. Kings Canyon Road
Three Rivers, CA 93271
(866) 762-2837

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Grant Grove photo courtesy of the National Park Service

General Grant Grove is located off Highway 180 in the northernmost portion of Kings Canyon National Park. This Sequoia park contains two of the top 12 largest known Sequoia trees including the General Grant. Consider exploring on horseback from the Grant Grove Stables. Visitor Center on site.

General Grant Grove
Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
(559) 565-3341

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Giant Forest is located off Highway 198 (Generals Highway) approximately 5 miles south of Lodgepole Village. Situated in Sequoia National Park, this large Sequoia park includes several highlights including the Auto Log, Tunnel Log and General Sherman Tree, the largest known Sequoia tree in the world by volume. Three of the top five largest Sequoia trees in the world are found in the Giant Forest. Visitor Center and museum on site.

Giant Forest
Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
(559) 565-3341

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Mist Falls is located off Highway 180 in the northernmost portion of Kings Canyon National Park. An 8-mile round trip trail leads to one of the largest waterfalls in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. trailhead begins at Roads End east of Cedar Grove Village and follows the South Fork Kings River past several rapids and cascades.

Mist Falls
Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
(559) 565-3341

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Crystal Cave is located off the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park, between the Ash Mountain entrance and Lodgepole Village. Turn off from Highway 198 (Generals Highway) and follow Crystal Cave Road for several miles. A short hike along Cascade Creek is necessary to reach the cave. Tickets must be purchased in person at Foothills or Lodgepole Visitor Centers in Sequoia National Park. Several tour options are available from the standard 45-minute tour to the 4 to 6-hour 'Wild Cave Tour', of which visitors are allowed to climb and crawl at will throughout the cave. Stalactites and curtains are found throughout this cave carved by a subterranean stream. Open seasonally mid-June to mid-October.

Crystal Cave
Generals Highway
Three Rivers, California 93271
(559) 565-3759

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Roaring River Falls is located off Highway 180 in the northernmost portion of Kings Canyon National Park. A very short paved trail leads to an impressive waterfall descending through a granite chute. trailhead begins approximately 1.5 miles east of Cedar Grove Village off Highway 180

Roaring River Falls
Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
(559) 565-3341

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Tokopah Falls is located off Highway 180 in the northernmost portion of Kings Canyon National Park. An easy 3-mile trail leads to a 1,200-foot waterfall. trailhead located at Lodgepole Campground off Highway 198 (Generals Highway), just a short distance east of Lodgepole Village.

Tokopah Falls
Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
(559) 565-3341

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