Mammoth Lakes and June Lake

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This horseshoe shaped canyon containing four lakes is surrounded by a dramatic mountainous backdrop. Among the pristine lakes and streams, the area earns its status as a modest yet full-serviced community, available to vacationers all four seasons of the year.

It takes commitment to make the trek here. Though far-flung, the lake can still be reached by train as it was in the Victorian era, when well-heeled travelers first christened the region a vacation wonderland, popular for its hot springs. In winter, tour the area aboard a horse-drawn sleigh—warmed by a buffalo robe and with hot chocolate in hand, of course—or swirl across the nature-made ice rink on skates. Summertime transforms the spot into a splashy playground: Bike or hike the lakeshore trail, which puts you face-to-face with Yosemite, a vista so beautiful that it’s impossible to take a bad photo of it.

Did you know?
The first inhabitants were the Paiute Indians of the Mono Basin, a Native American people who traditionally live in the central Sierra Nevada. One of California's largest native tribes

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