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Highway 395 Road trip

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Traveling on Highway 395

You have a full tank of gas, a trunk full of gear and a full-blown smile on your face. There’s nothing better than exploring California, no matter the weather. Backpack in the fall, ski in the winter, hike in the spring and fish in the summer.

But before you hit highway 395, make sure you have the perfect hotel lined up so you know exactly where you’re headed after a long day outdoors.

It’s Road Trip Time

From Death Valley’s Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes to Yosemite’s Half Dome, there are plenty of iconic sites to visit along Highway 395.

If you want a gorgeous memory, all you have to do is hike Moro Rock at sundown in Sequoia National Park. If you’re looking for one of the best trout fishing lakes in California, all you have to do is visit Crowley Lake in the Mammoth Lakes region.

California’s mountains, lakes and valleys have so much to offer, but make sure you include these unforgettable activities in your trip-planning:

  • Visiting Bodie, a real-life ghost town
  • Wondering at Mono Lake’s tufa formations
  • Taking a helicopter tour of Mammoth Lakes

Are you ready to take on this 557-mile highway and immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscape of the Eastern Sierra Nevada?

Bishop Is the Perfect Pit-Stop

Now let’s get practical. Whether you’re driving north on highway 395 from L.A. or taking a southward journey from San Francisco, you can’t cover the whole state in one day.

What if you stayed in Bishop? It’s a central location on highway 395 that just makes sense.

  • Yosemite National Park is 100 miles north.
  • Death Valley National Park is 100 miles south.
  • Mammoth Mountain is 42 miles north.
  • Mount Whitney and the John Muir Trail is an hour and 15 minutes south.

Setting up camp in one central location is smart – you’ll have access to the amenities you need at night, but you won’t be far away from the parks, cliffs, trails and streams that provide the setting for your daytime adventures.

Shopping and Eating in Bishop

What does Bishop have to offer? With an easily walkable main street, you can peruse the shops and restaurants that make Bishop the adventurer’s pit-stop of choice on highway 395.

Pick up last-minute supplies from camping and apparel retailers located right on N. Main St. Visit these local stores:

Fulfill your hungry cravings and select from a range of restaurant cuisines in-town, including Mexican, barbecue, burgers, Japanese, Thai and more. Check out:

Your Home Base for a Sierra Nevada Adventure

The woods may be lovely, dark and deep, but there doesn’t have to be miles to go before you sleep. Not if you stay at Creekside Inn in Bishop, California, your new home base.

You can “rough it” all you’d like during the day, but when you check in to your room at Creekside Inn, you can transform from rugged explorer to relaxed vacationer.

Your room’s patio doors open up to a tremendous view of the Sierra Nevadas, complete with the sound of a babbling brook, so you don’t leave the outdoors behind completely. After you unwind in your completely renovated guest room, you can:

  • Do your laundry
  • Connect to our free WiFi network
  • Relax sore muscles in our heated outdoor pool or hot tub
  • Clean your day’s catch in our fish cleaning room
  • Fill your tummy with a hot breakfast before you embark the next morning
  • Snack on complimentary, fresh-baked cookies each evening before you go to bed

We take California adventuring seriously, and we know you do too. Stay at Creekside Inn and Bishop and you’ll be rested and rejuvenated in between explorations.