There are many lesser known places awaiting to be discovered along the western highways. Not being in a hurry most definitely is prerequisite for finding the hidden gems that do not readily appear on maps. When driving the endlessly long highways of the west, it is all too easy to set the cruise control and let the world pass by in a blur till arriving at the final destination. Commuters caught up in the rat race nearly always avoid any extra stops and these scurrying drivers may pass by an interesting spot a hundred times before the thought occurs to check it out. The end result is a feeling of regret after realizing what was missed, so taking time to experience the little things that add spice to life is the way to go!
Vista Point in Owens Valley, California is a lesser known roadside attraction that offers one of the most spectacular views in the entire west. In this area, Highway 395 is fly by traffic zone that has a high volume of Bishop, California commuters and Yosemite National Park tourists. The access to Vista Point is located on the southbound lane of the divided highway, which also is a limiting factor. For these reasons, only a few cars are parked at this scenic overlook at any given time of day, so do not be surprised if you have this majestic spot all to yourself.
The Owens Valley stretches many miles south from Vista Point and the Sierra Nevada Mountains provide quite an amazing backdrop for a pleasant view that looks like it was created by an artist's palette. The jagged mountain peaks disappear far into the distance and the pine forest foothills are within reach. Vista Point offers one of those classic mountain views that people readily pay to see, yet there is no admission price at this spot.
Vista Point is located just a few miles north of Bishop on Highway 395, so be sure to take note when touring Yosemite, Mammoth, Bodie Ghost Town or Mono Lake. Inclement weather can add a dramatic effect to the view, so do not let a little rain or snow stand in the way. The Vista Point cover photos were shot the morning after the first snow of the winter season while the storm clouds were just clearing. As can be seen, the view was definitely worth braving the cold!
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