High Sierras, California

Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway

The first phase of the Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway is now complete, and colorful signs have been placed along Hwy 395 to identify each site. Highlighting a land of wonderful contrasts, the byway stretches approximately 220 miles from Little Lake to Topaz and features recreational opportunities, community services, and items of natural and cultural interest. There are 23 scenic turnouts and interpretive displays.

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Quincy / Plumas County

Quincy, a 19th-century logging and mining town, is surrounded by wilderness, including more than 50 lakes and nearly 1,000 miles of streams. In town, enjoy displays of logging, mining, and Maidu Indian life at the Plumas County Museum. Nearby Lake Almanor Recreation Area offers fishing, swimming, waterskiing, and camping. Hikers can access the Pacific Crest Trail in Bucks Lake Wilderness. Duffers with a yearning to golf on the edge of the wild, will revel in the two championship courses in Graeagle.

Alpine County

South of Lake Tahoe is aptly named Alpine County, which offers recreation galore-fabulous hiking fishing, and downhill and cross-country skiing. Relax in the natural hot mineral waters at Grover Hot Springs State Park near Markleeville. The golden fall foliage of Monitor Pass and Hope Valley is dazzling.

Lake Tahoe Area

A complete all-season travel destination, this area offers boating, water-skiing, fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, and winter skiing as well as fine dining and resorts with headliner entertainment. Lake Tahoe itself-the largest and deepest alpine lake in North America-is ringed by mountains and resorts.

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Sequoia / Kings Canyon National Parks

The western side of the Sierra Nevada is home to giant sequoias, the largest trees on earth. You can see the 2,500-year-old General Sherman Tree, which measures 101 feet around, and take the 2-mile looped Congress Trail or descend into Kings Canyon, the deepest canyon in the U.S.A.

Yosemite National Park

One of the world's most beloved national parks, Yosemite awes visitors with its towering monoliths and waterfalls, especially Yosemite Falls. Half Dome provides photographers with an enduring subject. Glacier Point offers sweeping views. A driving tour along the park's Tioga Road, one of the continent's most scenic drives, is a summertime must-do. In winter, ice skate at the rink at Curry Village or ski at Badger Pass.