Mammoth Lakes, California

Head east from San Francisco to this mountain getaway with  great access to National Parks, and fantastic skiing. The town of Mammoth Lakes has plenty to do whether you love to hit the slopes hard, or you’re more excited to lounge in the lodge with a hot cocoa in hand, or go shopping.

Although famous for winter skiing, the local’s secret is that the summer is even better. You’ll find extensive hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, floating, and more in this outdoor-lover’s playground. With mild weather and a reputation for sunny days, Mammoth is a great spot to escape oppressive summer heat.