Manzanar was our first stop driving up Highway 395. It is the site of one of ten American concentration camps, where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II from March 1942 to November 1945. Although it had over 10,000 inmates at its peak, it was one of the smaller internment camps. It is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California's Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine to the south and Independence to the north, approximately 230 miles (370 km) north of Los Angeles.
At the end of August, we embarked on a 4 day roadtrip to the Eastern Sierra Nevadas to explore the Japanese Internment Camp Manzanar, Mammoth Lakes, June Lake, Mono Lake, the Historic Ghost Town Bodie, hike The Devil's Postpile National Monument, and see the old towns of Lone Pine, Bishop, Independence, Lee Vining, and other interesting places along Highway 395.
The Alpenhof Lodge, was a quant Alpine style hotel located on the edge of the Village in the town of Mammoth Lakes. We walked around the village to see all the shops, restaurants, and bars. Mammoth Lakes is noted as a skiing destination, but it is beautiful in the warmer months.