California has a reputation for its road trip inspiring scenery. Places like Big Sur and Napa Valley are well-known, but scenic rewards await for those willing to venture off the beaten path.
Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, impressive snowfall defines its winters, but when warmer temperatures prevail, Mammoth Lakes boasts trails for biking and creeks that make you want to take up fly fishing. Mono Lake is surrounded with limestone towers, and at Bodie State Historic Park you can walk the worn streets of a bona fide gold-mining ghost town. Pictures don’t do it justice, but just might inspire you to get a trip on the calendar.