Sightseeing Blogs

5 Ways to Improve Your Landscape Photography in the Eastern Sierra

Aug 27, 2014 / John Vallejo

It's not hard to find stunning landscapes in the Eastern Sierra, but photographing them can be challenging. John Vallejo shares his tips and tricks for improving your landscape photography in the areas surrounding Mammoth Lakes. MORE

Your Ultimate Guide to the Mammoth Lakes Basin

Aug 27, 2014 / Kalyn LePre

I caught up with John Wentworth, founder of MammothTrails.org and Mammoth Lakes Town Council Member to talk about the best ways to enjoy the Mammoth Lakes Basin. MORE

Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile National Monument

Aug 26, 2014 / Monica Prelle

Heading over Minaret Vista into the Reds Meadow area, views of the Minarets and Ritter Range highlight this scenic drive. Located just 30 minutes from Mammoth Lakes, the region is known for its Devils Postpile National Monument, 101-foot Rainbow Falls, and the Ansel Adams Wilderness.  MORE

Photographing Dramatic Weather in the Eastern Sierra

Aug 26, 2014 / John Vallejo

No shot is worth your life, but if you find a safe way to shoot, the dramatic weather in the Eastern Sierra won't disappoint. Photographer John Vallejo shares the dos and don'ts of photographing dramatic weather patterns in the surrounding areas. MORE

Death Valley for Beginners

Aug 26, 2014 / Stacy Corless

Everyone goes to Death Valley in spring to see wildflowers, which this year delivered an early bloom. Many years in late winter, fields of Desert Gold blanket the alluvial fans and otherwise barren valley floor east and north of Highway 190 from Salt Creek to Furnace Creek. Purple phacelia punctuate the scene. Our spirits brightened by the color, we first-timers embarked on a laid-back weekend tour outdoorsy enough to be respectable in our hardcore hometown, yet touristy enough to give us a solid introduction to the national park and environs. Death Valley is huge--3.4 million acres--so targeting just a few intriguing spots was essential. This itinerary took us to the heart of the valley and to the far reaches of Inyo County, sticking to main routes and mostly paved roads. MORE

The Spirit of Bodie: A Walking Tour of the Ghost Town

Aug 26, 2014 / Stacy Corless

Late afternoon light filtered in as the air chilled. Even in summer, the Bodie basin is cooler than other Eastside spots at similarly high altitudes. In fall, the aspens dotting the hillsides turn sooner than anywhere else. Autumn is a great time to take a walk through California’s official ghost town... MORE