Yosemite Valley : Yosemite Valley is the masterpiece of Yosemite National Park . Half Dome, El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Falls, as well as miles of spectacular hiking trails can all be found here.
Mono Lake Tufa Preserve : Free-standing calcite towers, knobs, and spires dot the alien landscape of Mono Lake. Several interpretive trails provide history and access to these unique formations.
Bodie State Historic Park : A state of “arrested decay” has preserved this 1877 gold mining ghost town. Tours of the abandoned mine provide background on the settlement’s sordid history.
Devil’s Postpile National Monument : One visit to these strange natural rock formations and you’ll understand how they got their name. A mix of volcanic heat and pressure created these near-perfect straight-sided hexagonal posts that have to be seen to be believed.
Crystal Cave : Well-lit tunnels venture into the grand chambers of this marble cavern, filled with dramatic calcite formations and polished marble.
Mount Whitney : With a little bit of advance planning, you can climb or even day-hike California’s tallest mountain.