The Eastern Sierra, although beautiful, is much more desert-like then what you see in California’s Central Valley and Highway 395 is the best route to see it, also the only route. I started in Minden Nevada and traveled south all the way to highway 178 which leads back into the Central Valley.
at about 5 hours from Minden to Bakersfield, highway 395 is the perfect one day road trip through California’s less populated east side. there are long stretches of open spaces to the east and one long mountain range to the west with plenty of photo opportunities along the way, including some nice views of mono lake, open plains, Isabella Lake, the Sierras (of course) and several small towns. View some of the highlights below.