Lake Tahoe: Not only is this freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains one of the largest Alpine lakes in the country, but it's also one of the clearest bodies of water in the world. Click through for more of the most beautiful places to visit in California.

15 of the Most Beautiful Places to Visit in California

Lake Tahoe: Not only is this freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains one of the largest Alpine lakes in the country, but it's also one of the clearest bodies of water in the world.

Last minute camping destinations in Southern California: Sunset Campground sits off Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, which curves into the heart of the park.

Last-Minute Camping in Southern California

Last minute camping destinations in Southern California: Sunset Campground sits off Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, which curves into the heart of the park. (Last Minutes Vacations)

Backpacking to Ediza Lake  ..We stood right in this same spot for our pictures..how cool !! I loved this trip and this hike!

Backpacking to Ediza Lake

Another take on the blasted-granite/ sky/ water that makes up so much of Desolation Wilderness. This is not a great comp, but my camera battery was dying, and we were on the run for cheeseburgers after hiking 5 days. Lake Aloha is the biggest lake in Desolation. Like many lakes in California, it's dammed and controlled by PGE. Unlike a lot of these reservoirs, for some reason they didn't cut all the trees down prior to flooding it, so the south end of the lake is studded wi...

Another take on the blasted-granite/ sky/ water that makes up so much of Desolation Wilderness. This is not a great comp, but my camera battery was dying, and we were on the run for cheeseburgers after hiking 5 days. Lake Aloha is the biggest lake in Desolation. Like many lakes in California, it's dammed and controlled by PGE. Unlike a lot of these reservoirs, for some reason they didn't cut all the trees down prior to flooding it, so the south end of the lake is studded wi...

Otherworldy Mono Lake in California’s Eastern Sierras - on the other side of Yosemite

In Focus: Otherworldy Mono Lake in California’s Eastern Sierras

Though Mono Lake is only 13 miles from California-icon Yosemite National Park, it looks as if it could just as easily be on another planet.

Ten of the most beautiful camping spots in California. From Redwood National Park in the north, to Big Bear Lake in the south, and Big Sur and Yosemite in-between, these camping sites make up the ultimate California road trip itinerary. Travel in the USA.

Top 10 Best Places to Camp in California

Ten of the most beautiful camping spots in California. From Redwood National Park in the north, to Big Bear Lake in the south, and Big Sur and Yosemite in-between, these camping sites make up the ultimate California road trip itinerary.

Name: Joe Cafuir and Keith DeNatale Location: Grand Lake—Oakland, California Size: 300 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented It's easy for a tiny apartment full of plants and tchotchkes to feel cluttered. But when done the right way—as Joe and Keith have with their tiny 300-square-foot studio—the space can be warm and inviting without feeling crammed or excessive. Even more challenging is fitting two different styles into such close quarters, but this studio manages to showcase a ton…

Joe & Keith Share a Tiny & Inviting Oakland Studio

Name: Joe Cafuir and Keith DeNatale Location: Grand Lake—Oakland, California Size: 300 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented It's easy for a tiny apartment full of plants and tchotchkes to feel cluttered. But when done the right way—as Joe and Keith

Lake Tahoe, California, United States. When we visited, America was in the throes of a drought. So many of the water courses were dry. Also, the thaw had taken place.

10 Amazing Natural Places to Visit in California

Take a trip to Lake Tahoe ~ a large fresh water lake in the Sierra Nevada in northern California

10 Amazing Natural Places to Visit in California

Tufa Towers at Mono Lake  Geologists refer to these towers of limestone as "tufa", a series of formations that occurred originally underwater over hundreds of years as calcium mixed with carbonates in the lake around springs in the lake bed. Over the years, the water levels in Mono Lake have dropped and exposed these formations as water began to be diverted for irrigation starting in 1941.

10 Amazing Natural Places to Visit in California

Tufa Towers, Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least years ago as a terminal lake in a basin that has no outlet to the ocean.

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