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Autumn Colors in Majestic Mammoth Lakes

Autumn Colors in Majestic Mammoth Lakes

Journey with us to one of California’s most scenic regions on this spectacular autumn refresher to Majestic Mammoth Lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant hues of autumn on a breathtaking 5-day journey to Mammoth Lakes, where nature's kaleidoscope comes alive in a symphony of colors. Unpack just once at the Empeiria High Sierra Hotel near Mammoth Lakes Village and venture out daily to experience the natural wonders of this breathtaking region. Marvel at the geological wonders of Devil's Postpile, where towering basalt columns stand as testament to the earth's ancient forces, and embark on a journey of discovery as we uncover local legends and lore with our expert Mammoth guide. Admire the tranquil beauty of June Lake and Silver Lake, their shores ablaze with the fiery colors of fall foliage, and explore the otherworldly landscape of Mono Lake's South Tufas, where surreal limestone formations create a mesmerizing backdrop. You’ll step into the world of Western cinema at the Museum of Western Film, where exhibits showcase the iconic films and stars that shaped the genre, and no journey is complete without a visit to the renowned Schat's Bakery in Bishop, CA, where you'll indulge in the timeless flavors of their famed Original Sheepherder Bread. With every moment filled with exploration and wonder, this excursion promises to be an unforgettable experience amidst the natural beauty of the Autumn Colors of Mammoth Lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Central California.

Please note: This tour visits a sustained elevation of 7,900 feet and may not be suitable for persons affected by high elevations or mobility challenges.


Tour Fare:

$1495 per person double occupancy

$1795 per person single occupancy


Early Booking Savings:

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5-day Excursion

All times and routing are approximate and subject to change without notice.


Embark on a picturesque journey from San Diego to Mammoth Lakes amidst the vibrant hues of fall foliage. Our adventure begins with an early morning departure from San Diego as we traverse northward towards the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Along the way, we'll pause for a delightful lunch at Applebee's in the high desert community of Victorville. In the afternoon, we'll make a scenic stop at Coso Junction, providing the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and marvel at the distant peaks painting the horizon. Continuing our northeastward route, we'll arrive at the captivating Mammoth Lakes by early evening. Upon arrival, settle in for a cozy 4-night stay at the Empeiria High Sierra Hotel, where comfort and tranquility await. Tonight, indulge in an exquisite all-inclusive welcome dinner at The Brasserie locally sourced French restaurant, setting the tone for an unforgettable journey amidst nature's breathtaking autumnal beauty.

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Your Mammoth Lakes adventure kicks off this morning with an in included buffet breakfast at the hotel, preparing you for a day filled with exploration and discovery. Joined by a knowledgeable local expert, we embark on a narrated tour of the region's renowned lakes, including the picturesque June Lake, tranquil Silver Lake, and the captivating Mono Lake Park. As we traverse these stunning landscapes, you'll savor a boxed lunch along the serene shores of Mono Lake, an ancient marvel dating back over 1 million years and spanning approximately 65 square miles. Take in the awe-inspiring vistas and immerse yourself in the natural splendor of this Sierra treasure at the fascinating Mono Basin Visitor Center, where a plethora of exhibits await, tracing the rich tapestry of both the natural and human history of this cherished region. Next, we venture to South Tufa, where you'll marvel at the remarkable tufa towers-calcium-carbonate spires and knobs sculpted by the intricate interplay of freshwater springs and alkaline lake water. Upon our return to the hotel, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy some well-deserved free time

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Begin your third day of exploration in Mammoth Lakes with breakfast at the hotel, preparing you for another day of adventure amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the region. Departing from the hotel, we head towards the renowned Mammoth Mountain recreation area, where we reunite with our exceptional step-on guide for a day filled with discovery and intimate encounters with nature's wonders, including the iconic Devils Postpile National Monument. As we journey through this pristine wilderness, we'll pause to marvel at the majestic peaks of the Minarets, a sight that never fails to inspire awe. A sumptuous, included lunch awaits, providing a moment to recharge before continuing our exploration. Our itinerary includes visits to more of the area's highlights, such as the scenic Twin Falls Overlook, the tranquil Mammoth Lakes Basin, the captivating Convict Lake, and the serene Rock Creek Lake, each offering its own unique charm and beauty. After an enriching day of exploration, you'll have the evening free to savor dinner at your leisure, whether you choose to indulge in local cuisine or unwind amidst the comforts of your accommodations.

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On the penultimate day of our Mammoth Lakes adventure, begin your morning at your leisure with breakfast at the hotel, setting the tone for a day of personalized exploration. With free time at your disposal, immerse yourself in the charm of Mammoth Lakes at your own pace. Indulge in culinary delights at one of the many local eateries for lunch, tantalizing your taste buds with flavors unique to the region. Alternatively, wander through the quaint shops and boutiques, where you might uncover treasures to commemorate your journey, or simply bask in the tranquility of the surroundings, soaking in the majesty of the landscape. For those seeking an additional adventure, a free side trip option awaits in the late morning to the California Welcome Center and the awe-inspiring Mammoth Lakes Earthquake Fault. Marvel at this incredible natural wonder-a remarkable fissure slicing through hard volcanic rock for several hundred feet and plunging to depths of up to 60 feet. As the day draws to a close, we reconvene for a heartfelt farewell dinner at Mountainside Bar & Grill, the beloved Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort Lodge where we reminisce about the memories created during our time in this captivating corner of the world.

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On our final day of the Mammoth Lakes journey, we begin with a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, bidding farewell to the stunning landscapes that have become familiar over the past days. As we set our sights southward towards San Diego, our first stop is Bishop, where we'll visit the renowned Schat's Dutch Bakery. Here, famed for their Original Sheepherder Bread, you'll have an opportunity to purchase their famed baked delights to take home. Continuing our route, pause at the poignant Manzanar National Historic Site, a testament to resilience and remembrance. This site holds significance as the first of ten camps established by the U.S. government during World War II to confine Japanese immigrants ineligible for citizenship and Japanese-American citizens. As the afternoon unfolds, we'll relish an open-air picnic lunch amidst the serene beauty of Spainhower Park, cherishing the final moments of camaraderie and connection forged on this remarkable voyage. Our journey back in time continues with a stop at the Museum of Western Film History, where immersive exhibits showcase memorabilia and insights into the evolution of Westerns from the silent screen era to modern times. With hearts full of cherished memories and newfound friendships, we conclude our journey, arriving back in San Diego early evening, each carrying with us the indelible imprint of this unforgettable experience amidst the natural wonders of Mammoth Lakes.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Manager: Christina Koohmarey*


Activity Level: High

Considerable walking and/or numerous steps involved at several locations during this tour, many on uneven surfaces and inclines. The tour visits high elevation regions up to 10,000 feet, with prolonged periods at 7,900 feet. Guests should be in good physical condition to participate in the full tour experience. If you have concerns about the health effects of being at high altitudes and engaging in the physical aspects as described above, we recommend you consult with your physician prior to booking a reservation.


What's Included in the Tour Fare

  • Round-trip luxury motor coach transportation from pickup locations throughout San Diego County

  • Professional Driver

  • Professional Tour Manager onboard throughout the tour

  • Complimentary bottled water and snacks on the coach

  • Manzanar Historic Center

  • Four-night accommodations at the Empeiria Hotel in Mammoth

  • June Lake and Silver Lake

  • 10 Meals, including 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 2 dinners

  • Twin Falls Overlook

  • Mammoth Lakes Basin, Convict Lake and Rock Creek Lake

  • Devil's Postpile National Monument

  • Mammoth Lakes earthquake fault

  • Schat's Famous Bakery

  • Museum of Western Film History


What's Not Included in the Tour Fare

  • Meals not listed on the itinerary

  • Travel insurance

  • Room incidentals

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Gratuities for the Tour Manager and driver


How to Book Your Reservation

Making your reservation is easy. Simply click the Book Now button above to select your date and confirm your space online, 24/7. You can also call the DayTripper Tours reservations department at (619) 334-3394 during business hours of M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Deposit and final Payment

A deposit of $150 per person is required to secure your booking, with the final balance due 45 days prior to departure.



Although not necessary to fully enjoy your trip, a personal smartphone and personal ear buds can greatly enhance your tour experience. Take high-quality photos, share your experience on social media in real time, search for nearby restaurants and topics of interest, set reminders, and more.


45-Day Cancellation deadline without CPP

  • If you purchased the optional Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP) before the cancellation deadline, your tour is fully refundable at any time (see below). If you did not purchase the CPP you may cancel your booking forty-five (45) or more days prior to the tour’s departure date to receive a refund less a $100 per person cancellation fee. Alternatively, when you cancel your booking forty-five (45) or more days prior to the departure date, we can waive the cancellation fee and transfer the full amount to another tour or a non-refundable voucher, which can be applied to any future excursion booked within one year of the original tour date. Cancellations within 45 days of departure are nonrefundable and nontransferrable for any reason if you did not purchase the optional CPP.

  • Passenger name changes, deviations, or other changes made by the passenger after the final payment deadline has passed will be assessed a $50 per person change fee plus any fees incurred by the service providers. No refunds, transfers or credits can be issued for any reason on bookings canceled after the cancellation deadline. Travel insurance is available through Travelex during the booking process.


Optional Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP) - Cancel for any reason and receive a full refund

  • DayTripper Tours offers an optional Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP) for this tour. The CPP allows you to cancel your reservation for any reason at least two or more hours prior to your scheduled departure time for a full refund (less the cost of the CPP). The CPP may be purchased prior to the tour’s stated cancellation deadline. To cancel your reservation please call (619) 334-3394 during business hours to notify a reservations agent, or leave a time-stamped voice message after hours at least two hours prior to your scheduled departure time, and your refund will be processed. The CPP cost for multi-day motor coach tours is $5 for each $50 increment of the full, non-discounted tour fare plus any add-on options. CPP does not cover the single supplement of the remaining traveler when a traveling companion cancels from a double occupancy reservation. The CPP is not insurance, but rather an agreed-upon cancellation fee paid in advance for the right to cancel a reservation according to the terms stated in this clause. Protect yourself even further with Travel Insurance (see below). CPP is not offered on tours that include air, rail, or cruise line transportation.


Protect Your Investment with Travel Insurance

  • If you would like more comprehensive protection that covers you prior to and  during your trip, we recommend you purchase travel insurance to help protect against unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss, or even sudden sickness or injury prior to and during your trip, all of which could impact you financially. In today’s ever-changing travel environment, you can relax and enjoy your trip with the security of knowing those unexpected circumstances are covered by a travel protection plan. You can purchase travel insurance from any company you choose; however, for your convenience we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services (CA Agency License #0D10209). For more information and to receive a quote, click here. Please note: Your policy must be purchased on or before the date you submit your final payment for the tour in order to be eligible for the pre-existing medical condition exclusion waiver.

*Tour Manager is subject to change without notice.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Times
Escondido Escondido Transit Center
700 W. Valley Parkway 92025. Wait near Dock #4
La Mesa Park & Ride #22 lot - 6385 Murray Dr, 91942
Narrow Park & Ride EAST of Red Lobster's lot
Mission Valley 2005 Camino Del Este
San Diego, CA 92108; Street parking only
Rancho Bernardo Rancho Bernardo Transit Center
16785 West Bernardo Dr. 92127 white passenger curb
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