The Southern Sierra Travel Guide

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Plan Your The Southern Sierra Vacation

The Southern Sierra's granite peaks and giant sequoias bedazzle heart and soul so completely that for many visitors the experience surpasses that at more famous urban attractions. Most of the Sierra's wonders lie within national parks accessed most easily via the gateway towns surrounding them—Oakhurst, Fish Camp, and Lee Vining for Yosemite, and Three Rivers for Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Lee Vining also provides entrée to deep-blue Mono Lake, a much-photographed attraction. The megaresort Mammoth Lakes, meanwhile, lures skiers and snowboarders in winter and hikers and mountain bikers in summer.

Hotels

The Southern Sierra Hotels

For visits to the Sierra Nevada's western side, book your hotel in advance—especially in summer—or you may wind up in... read more

Restaurants

The Southern Sierra Restaurants

Most small towns in the Sierra Nevada have at least one restaurant; with few exceptions, dress is casual. You'll most... read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in The Southern Sierra

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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The Southern Sierra Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Strap 'em on: Whether you walk the paved loops in the national parks or head off the beaten path into the backcountry, a hike... Read more

  • Camping in Southern Sierra

    Camping in the Sierra Nevada means gazing up at awe-inspiring constellations and awakening to the sights of nearby meadows and streams and... Read more

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