A winter ski destination, Mammoth is a cute town located on the east side of Sierra Nevada mountains.
Things To Do
1) Yosemite National Park
We elected to stay in Mammoth Lakes due to the limited accommodation options available in Yosemite National Park. Although lodging is available, note, it is about a two and a half hour drive from Mammoth Lakes to the Yosemite Valley, were many of the key attractions are located.
2) Mono Lake
When flipping through the television a few night’s earlier, we ran across a program on the Weather Channel that outlined some unique destinations around the world — one of which was Mono Lake. This salt water lake has unique calcified spires and has the Sierra Nevada Mountains as its backdrop. If time permits, on your way to Yosemite, it is well worth a stop. There are many vantage points of the lake, the best that we found were:
a) The Flag Pole @ Mobile Station (Hwy 120 just west of Hwy 395)
b) Conway Summit Lookout (Hwy 395, approx 10 miles north of Lee Vining)
c) South Tufa Area (Hwy 120, 5 miles east of Hwy 395)
There are many accommodation options available around Mammoth Lakes. Depending on the season, the accommodation costs can be high.
1) Austria Hof
We elected to stay this nice little hotel that is located near the mountain. The accommodations were perfect and within our budget for our quick overnight stay.