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Yosemite - Mammoth Region

From Yosemite to Mammoth Lakes, this central region in California is ideal for those seeking incredible scenery, endless forests and alpine lakes and streams. While the main valley in Yosemite gets crowded in summer, much of this region is backcountry, offering solitude open space. The Mammoth Lakes area is gorgeous in summer but winter snows transform it into a top ski destination.
For more detailed trip-planning information go to the Yosemite Mono Lake Area pages in the Top Destinations section.
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The western edge of this region is the "center" of the Central Valley, California's agricultural pride. Stockton and Modesto are medium-size cities with local lodgings and stores. Vacationers may want to stock up on the way to Gold Country in the foothills or on to the more famous destinations in the mountains.  
History buffs will want to explore the many small towns with mining in their pasts, including Sonora, Columbia, Jamestown, Angels Camp, Murphys, Mokelumne Hill and Jackson - many along or near the popular Highway 49 drive. For more vacation planning information, go to the Historic Gold Country pages in the Top Destinations section.

The High Sierras offer visitors great skiing in the winter and unlimited touring, hiking, camping, boating, fishing, biking and horseback riding the rest of the year. The landscape of Yosemite National Park and the surrounding forests are so unique, many come to simple sit and stare at cascading waterfalls, wildflower-filled meadows, snowy peaks, formidable rockfaces. At the southern edge of Yosemite, the Mariposa Grove of sequoias is not to be missed.

To the south, Mammoth Mountain and the town of Mammoth Lakes is best known for skiing but there is plenty to recommend a visit to this glacier-carved, pine covered alpine landscape at any time of year.

Two of the many lakes worth visiting in the region are each unique - June Lake and Mono Lake. Mono Lake is an extremely salty home to over 300 species of migrating birds that feast on the insects nearby. Known for the strange tufa towers formed by limestone deposits, it has been much photographed. June Lake is simply a gorgeous small lake in a stunning setting.


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June Lakes Loop offers stunning views and access to great fishing

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