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Jun 11th, 2014, 07:22 PM
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road trip LAX to Bishop CA

Has any one made the road trip from LAX to Bishop Ca? What is the drive like? How is the weather in October? Favorite place to stay in Bishop?
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Jun 11th, 2014, 07:30 PM
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It's a nice drive once you get into the Sierra Mountains. You will drive past Death Valley, too. The weather should be good in October. By far the best place to stay in Creekside Inn.

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Jun 12th, 2014, 06:03 AM
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Straight shot up 395. Should be sunny - and Death Valley is 60? miles east.

Bishop - cute - not real big. Check out June Lake for some other resorts or Mammouth, etc.
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Jun 12th, 2014, 07:20 PM
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Full disclosure - I haven't been in years but in my experience, it doesn't change much, lol. Schat's Bakery in Bishop was wonderful and El Ranchito was decent. I second Creekside Inn as a place to stay. I tried to recall any good places to eat in Palmdale or Lone Pine but I couldn't come up with any names. Sorry!
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Jun 12th, 2014, 07:33 PM
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In October you should see some fall color up on the mountains.

http://www.onroute.com/drives/drives_hwy395.html

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Jun 12th, 2014, 09:02 PM
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We were camping above Mammoth a couple weeks ago. Stopped at Schat's Bakery on the way to pick up some yummy breads and danishes. They have a small deli/sandwich shop located inside where you can pick up some sandwiches to go or eat them there on the outside patio in front of the bakery. Not a lot to do in Bishop but lovely drives in the surrounding mountains.
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Jun 13th, 2014, 07:58 AM
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Some places to stop along the way:

http://www.nps.gov/manz/index.htm

http://www.lonepinefilmhistorymuseum.org/

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/bisho.../alabamas.html

Still Life Cafe in Independence is supposed to be a good place to eat but when we tried to stop by around 1pm, they were out of most everything.

I like Great Basin Bakery in Bishop http://www.greatbasinbakerybishop.com/
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Jun 13th, 2014, 10:40 AM
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We make this drive every September to attend a family reunion at June Lake. Unless you have a reason to stay in Bishop itself, look at options in Mammoth or at the Double Eagle on the June Lake Loop road. In Mammoth, you can ride the gondola to the top of the ski area, see the Devil's Postpile, etc.

Double Eagle Resort:
http://doubleeagle.com/

Devil's Postpile:
http://www.nps.gov/depo/index.htm

To Patty's list of sights, I'll add a few more interesting things along the way:

Fossil Falls (volcanic flow carved by an ancient river):
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ridgecrest/fossil.html

Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery (no longer in operation, but the 1916 buildings, fish viewing pond and beautiful grounds make for a good rest stop):
http://www.sierranevadageotourism.or...318E6114FD8CE0

If you're continuing north from Bishop, stop at the Mono Lake Visitors Center (just north of Lee Vining) to learn about the lake, wildlife, tufa formations, and Native American history in the area. And, if you have time, make the short drive to the ghost town of Bodie.
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Jun 13th, 2014, 11:49 AM
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< And, if you have time, make the short drive to the ghost town of Bodie.>

Make sure you have a spare tire for this drive. It's a great place to visit, but the road is a washboard. Drive slow and you will be fine.
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Jun 13th, 2014, 03:54 PM
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Well, I wouldn't make the drive from LAX to Bishop without a spare tire!
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Jun 13th, 2014, 04:03 PM
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That's true. We got a flat on the road to Bodie so that always sticks out in my mind.
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Jun 13th, 2014, 06:30 PM
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Our usual stop from LA is in Mojave for food, drinks, etc., as it is a rather long desert drive ahead. Red Rock Canyon is 25 miles north of Mojave, and an interesting 5-10 minute stop by the side of the road. Then our usual next stop is Coso Junction which is a nice clean rest area.

The Visitors' Center at the south end of Lone Pine at Junction 395 and hwy 136 provides a good view of Mt. Whitney through their indoor picture window. Whitney sits back a little, and a small chart points out all the peaks and names.

Bishop has been covered; Bodie is 85 miles north of Bishop to the turnoff, and then it's 10 miles paved, 3 miles unpaved to Bodie. Can be very warm - bring water, plenty of walking, and the sagebrush makes one thirsty looking at it.

The South Tufa Reserve at the south end of Mono Lake, and east on hwy 120 towards Benton has the tall tower tufas, a self-guided walk, and interesting. About 5 miles from 395.
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Jun 13th, 2014, 09:45 PM
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You'd find wonderful fall colors just off Hwy. 120 (Tioga Road) between Lee Vining and Tioga Lake. South of the highway are turnoffs to Lee Vining Creek.

Also on the June Lake Loop road.
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Jun 14th, 2014, 11:10 AM
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Believe it or not, there is a halfway decent Japanese restaurant in Bishop (Yamatani).
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Jun 14th, 2014, 11:31 AM
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Yamatan

Good to know. I'll keep it in mind the next time I'm stuck there.

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