Endowed with the most majestic mountains, crystal alpine lakes, trails for days, pristine forests, Mammoth Lakes is an outdoor oasis that has something to offer all year round.

Here are the top things to do in Mammoth Lakes and also its surrounding areas that include the Inyo National Forest, and all the way up to Mono Lake at the doorstep of the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park.

1. Watch the Sunset at Minaret Vista

Part of the Ritter Range, there's an iconic rocky ridge that separates two valleys and a defining feature are a set of tall spires that are known as Minaret.

2. Epic Photography at Hot Creek Geological Site

There are some landscapes that will simply take your breath away. Hot Creek Geological Site is one of those places.

3. Ride the Gondola Up Mammoth Mountain

One of the core attractions of Mammoth Lakes is Mammoth Mountain. It's the name of the four-seasons mountain resort and it's also the summit that stands to be the tallest lift-served summit in California.

4. Hike to Crystal Lake

This is easily the most popular hike in the Mammoth Lakes area. Thoroughly enjoy the alpine beauty and serenity of Crystal Lake and also its panoramic views of Mammoth Lakes Basin.

5. See the Other-Worldly Tufa Towers of Mono Lake

One of the stops in our Northern California By Design with Globus tour was this unusual salt lake at the base of the Sierra Nevada formed 760,000 years ago, making it the second-oldest lake in North America.

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