Malibu

The Pacific Coast highway through Malibu will lead you through wealthy oceanside communities. There are a few beaches along the route popular with Angelenos, including Zuma Beach. […]

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The Getty

Between Beverly Hills and Santa Monica is the Getty Center, a huge, world-class and free art museum built in 1997 by the J Paul Getty trust. […]

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Mt Whitney

At 14,505ft (4,421m), Mt Whitney is the highest mountain in the continental US. You can drive half way up by taking the excellent Whitney Portal Drive to the Mt Whitney Trailhead, elevation 8360ft (2550m), from Lone Pine. The Mt Whitney trail is 22mi in length, and doing it as a daytrip is surprisingly popular (it […]

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Alabama Hills

Lone Pine’s Hollywood connection principally stems from the presence of the beautiful Alabama Hills, a collection of rocky formations in the foothills above town perfect for filming westerns. Numerous dirt roads ply though the hills, and if you’re interested you can obtain a map of the rock formations and various film locations from the National […]

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Manzanar National Historic Site

Manzanar was one of ten ‘war relocation centres’ in which 120,000 Japanese Americans were interned during World War II following the attacks on Pearl Harbour. The excellent, recently constructed visitor centre here does a fine job of remembering this unfortunate history. The site is run by the National Parks service – entry is free and […]

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Bristlecone Pine Forest (Inyo N.F.)

Just north of the town of Big Pine, the detour to the Bristlecone Pine Forest is highly recommended. Great Basin Bristlecone Pines grow here, including “Methuselah” – which at over 4,750 years old is believed to be 1,000 years older than any other tree on Earth. Note that Methuselah is unmarked to protect it from […]

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Mammoth Lakes Natural Hot Springs

Not far from Mammoth Lakes are some wonderful, undeveloped natural hot springs. These are free of charge and community maintained, so please be very careful to leave them in the same or better condition to what you have found them. Most accessible is Hot Tub – an alternative, which requires a short walk, is Willie’s. […]

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