Hidden gems along the stretch of pavement traveled by all Mammoth bound Californians weave the melody that summons skiers, dirt bikers, snowboarders and fishermen from all parts. Drive at sunrise and find a good country breakfast or an off-the-beaten path bakery; or drive mid-day when cultural sites and museums are open; or drive in the evening to watch the stars come out. Want to show your Highway pride? An Official Highway 395 Store in Bishop sells stickers, license plates, magnets and more.
Here’s a guide to the highway’s highlights between southern California and Mammoth:
The Ranch House Café is an old-world breakfast spot next to the highway in Olancha that serves Indian Fry Bread and farm fresh eggs.
Manzanar National Historic Site is a visitor center where Japanese American citizens were interned during World War II.
Lone Pine Film History Museum honors the plethora of western films that were shot in this region.
Hungry? Before reaching Bishop, call ahead to one of these great local eateries: Great Basin Bakery for fresh bread; Raymond’s Deli for piled-high sandwiches; or Thai Thai, where authentic dishes are worth a short detour to… the airport? Yes, Bishop’s awesome little Thai food restaurant is at the airport.
In summer, don’t miss beautiful Rock Creek, with trailheads starting at 10,300 feet, and a small resort serving homemade pie.
The enclave of Crowley Lake is home to a fishing marina and the off-the-beaten path East Side Bakery.
Convict Lake is a 170-acre body of water, and its stunning natural beauty can be enjoyed from a footpath that borders the lake, or a boat rental from the marina.