Who knew that California still had unknown pockets yet to be properly discovered? Okay, we did, and may have kept this knowledge to ourselves for a while, but now we’re ready to let you in on the secret. And the secret is Mammoth Lakes. An exciting and, as yet, relatively unknown part of California (which might just be why we love it so much); Mammoth Lakes is the perfect hideaway for outdoor adventurers.
Whilst the area is a great place for skiing and snowboarding in the winter (it is the official training area for the US Olympic Snowboard and Freestyle teams), the summer months around Mammoth Lakes are especially idyllic, making this hidden High Alpine gem an excellent and uncrowded retreat in the heart of the Golden State. If you like being outdoors, seeing beautiful views, hiking, biking and kayaking, and you love good food, then you can’t go wrong by booking a trip to Mammoth Lakes.
When it comes to travelling to Mammoth Lakes, there are several options. So, to make it easier for you, we’ve hand-picked our recommended routes to ensure you have an easy and stress-free journey. You see, there are two international airports in California that are located relatively close to Mammoth Lakes – Los Angeles and San Francisco – both of which also offer internal flights straight to Mammoth’s airport, although the latter is a seasonal service. If you decide to make it a road trip, you can rest assured that whichever direction you’re coming from, the drive will be incredibly scenic. Isn’t that reason enough to want to go?
FROM LAS VEGAS
If you’ve spent a few days in the illuminated playground of Las Vegas, the drive up to Mammoth Lakes will be a refreshing change of scene, although just as magical. Regardless of the season, the “sin and snow” combination is a popular one, as it offers two very diverse experiences, with an incredible drive through Death Valley on route. If time is of the essence, there are twice weekly flights from Vegas to Mammoth in the winter, so you can go from casino strip to snowy slopes in a couple of hours.
FROM LOS ANGELES
Fly direct from London to Los Angeles International Airport in only eleven hours. There are many flights departing each week at varying times, meaning you can pick one that’ll suit your itinerary best. Then, when you get there, you can expect your journey time by road from LA’s airport to take approximately five hours, via beautiful scenery and easy highways. That’s not too bad, right? But if you’re tight on time, then opt for the internal flight. You miss the scenic drive but you’ll be there in just over an hour.
FROM SAN FRANCISCO
Flights from London Heathrow to San Francisco take roughly 10 hours and 30 minutes, but depending on the season, travel time on to Mammoth Lakes by road can take up to seven hours. During the summer you can plan a route that takes you directly through Yosemite National Park, stopping there for a night or two to break up the journey; but in winter, just hop on a connecting flight straight out of San Francisco and be there in about an hour. You’re on holiday, after all.