The ghost town of Rhyolite offers something special, an “open air museum” in the middle of the desert.
The Manzanar War Relocation Center vividly recalls the internment of more than 10,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II.
On the way to Mono Lake you should stop at June Lake Loop in the small Tiger Bar – good food guaranteed.
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Bodie ghost town, which can only be reached on a gravel road, is really big; more than 170 buildings are spread on the abandoned area.
Virginia City, a former silver and gold mining town, is protected as a place of historic importance. The slogans on the enamel signs hanging everywhere are quite funny, and scrap cars “grow” between colorful flowers.
Nit Wit Ridge, an enchanted house built from all kinds of waste materials, is a tourist counterpoint to the hype around Hearst Castle.
On the way to Yosemite National Park on Interstate 5, you shouldn’t miss Bravo Farms, a colorful mixture of souvenir shop, rest stop and children’s playground.