Study Up Time: Mono County Fall Color Guide

The days of pretty leaf-peeping are nearly nigh.

'TIS THE SEASON... to prepare for spectacular fall drives, and while the whole foliage thing hasn't yet kicked into high or even medium gear, lining up your roads, stay-over points, and gotta-see-that canyons and peaks is a pleasurable August pastime. There is some fun to be had in simply following, via web sites like California Fall Color, where the leaves are currently putting on a show, and going, but having a sense of where you'll be heading, and juuuust about when, is always a smart idea, too. And while what this fall will deliver, in terms of yellow and orange and red trees, still remains a few weeks out, you can count on Mono County, in the Eastern Sierra, serving as one of the stunning centerpoints of the Golden State leaf-peeping scene. It's a super-duper thing, then, that...

MONO COUNTY TOURISM... has an exceedingly helpful Fall Color Guide, a go-here, go-there look at what tree-filled nooks around the mountain-close area will be doing the full-on autumnal thing. Must-add places to your foliage-themed itinerary? June Lake Loop is a favorite, with its rows of lemonade-bright aspens, and Mammoth Lakes has a knack for delivering on the whole majestic front, fall-wise. Mono County Tourism also picks Lundy Canyon as a go-to see-it-and-sigh destination, and Bridgeport, too. And, of course, the Tioga Pass, which makes a fine driving road if you plan on lunching in Yosemite during your Eastern Sierra jaunt (just make sure the fabled route is still open when you visit). Ready, leaf-peppers of Californiadom? It's almost time, so best start here.

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