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LA to Mammoth lakes - where to stop en route

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LA to Mammoth lakes - where to stop en route

We are two families driving from LA to Mammoth lakes and , as it is such a long journey, have you any suggestion as to where we could break the journey for an hour or so on the way. Time to stretch legs and perhaps see something interesting?

Thank you in advance.

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1. Re: LA to Mammoth lakes - where to stop en route

Some places on your way are Mojave and it's airplane graveyard, Red Rock Canyon SP. Fossil Falls and esp Lone Pine with restaurants, Alabama Hills, Mt Whitney and a movie museum. Red Rock and Fossil Falls for picnic places.

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2. Re: LA to Mammoth lakes - where to stop en route

It's not that long a drive, and the drive is beautiful. If you feel you must stop, I suggest Lone Pine.

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3. Re: LA to Mammoth lakes - where to stop en route

Well, its well over 6 hours, which qualifies as "long" to me. In addition to the places mentioned, if you're interested in history there's Manzanar internment camp.

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4. Re: LA to Mammoth lakes - where to stop en route

6 hours? In the old days, maybe, when it was just one lane each way. I go almost every weekend in the winter, and it's 4 1/2 hours, 5 hours if I stop. And I don't speed.

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5. Re: LA to Mammoth lakes - where to stop en route

yogachick - I didn't go as often as you in the winter but I also took longer than 5 hrs from the South Bay area. Also not sure if you go with kids but OP mentioned families and depending on age and temperament of kiddos, may need to do s few stops along the way to stretch or for potty. I have many Mammoth season pass holder friends who are road warriors and drive up each weekend like you. But for the occasional visitors like me, that long straight stretch along 14 and 395 can be rough. Now that I am back in the Bay Area, I find the drive to Tahoe much more interesting.

OP - our usual stretching stops and potty spots are these depending on traffic out of LA and time of day...

Mojave - for potty since long stretch without service after that. You can see the planes graveyard from the highway.

Red Rock State Park - pit toilets. Sometimes picnic there.

Any of the Whitney gateway towns like Independence, Lone Pine, Big Pine.

ALWAYS stop in Bishop at Schats Bakery and eat on their patio or if too busy, go across the street to the park. I also have a friend who likes to go to the casino down the street for a few hands for spending money but don't think that is family friendly. But he says gas at the Indian casino is cheaper, no?

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6. Re: LA to Mammoth lakes - where to stop en route

Lone Pine has a nice visitor center at 395/136 that has a big picture window looking up at Mt Whitney.

Just outside Bishop is the Laws Railroad Museum, that the kids would probably enjoy.

www.lawsmuseum.org

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7. Re: LA to Mammoth lakes - where to stop en route

Thank you all so much

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