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Manzanar National Historic Site

Manzanar National Historic Site
Learn about a sobering time in U.S. history

During World War II, thousands of Japanese-Americans were moved from their homes throughout the West and brought to internment camps like Manzanar. This remote site in the wind-swept Owens Valley, aims to shed light on that sobering time, through recreated buildings, photographs, films, oral histories and interactive displays. Today you can sift through layers of history at the Manzanar Visitor Center, where some 8,000 square feet of exhibits relay a fascinating, albeit disturbing, part of California’s history. A 3.2-mile loop offers a chance to see the remnants of orchards and structures, as well as a Buddhist cemetery. Adjacent to the Visitor Center is Block 14, with two reconstructed barracks and an exhibit-filled mess hall where you can check out a large-scale model of Manzanar War Relocation Center crafted by former internees. Ranger-led tours occur regularly and last from 15 to 90 minutes. Be sure to leave time to watch the insightful 22-minute film Remembering Manzanar, which plays every half hour. 

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Northern California

Discover the High Sierra

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Snow-covered peaks in winter, gushing waterfalls in spring, wildflower meadows and glistening lakes in summer, vibrant colours in fall—this is a land of dramatic and wild beauty. World-class mountain resorts circling turquoise-blue Lake Tahoe, and at Mammoth Lakes cater to all, with scenic ski trails in winter and trails and vistas in summer.

Yosemite Valley…is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and gold and wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”  - photographer Ansel Adams

Yosemite National Park - a World Heritage Site, is found roughly 3½ hours east of San Francisco. Whether you hike a mountain, ski the steeps, or lounge in a hot tub beneath a canopy of stars, you’ll find your perfect getaway. 

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Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.
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