8 Underrated California Destinations

June Lake (Hotel Prices & Photos)

The California town of Mammoth Lakes is popular in the winter because of the world-class ski resort here, but the tiny nearby town of June Lake is also a lovely place to visit. With only a few hundred people, June Lake offers a welcome respite from crowds and stress so you can enjoy the natural beauty of Eastern Sierras. The high-altitude lakes here are stunning in all seasons, and the scenic hiking trails are seemingly endless. Take a kayak or canoe out on June Lake or one of the other nearby lakes here for a peaceful paddle, or hit the trails if you’re prepared for a challenging climb. There are a couple campgrounds to stay at in June Lake, and the whole town is very walkable so you’ll never have to drive. The leaves are colorful in the fall season, but bundle up because it’s often chilly here. Other fun things to do in June Lake are to attend a local festival in the park, visit June Lake Brewing and its food truck, and browse the local shops.

Looking down on the alpine lakes in the June Lake area

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