Lone Pine, California
Lone Pine, California sits between the Sierra Nevada and Inyo Mountains along U.S. Route 395. The town is named for a lone pine tree that once sat at the mouth of Lone Pine Canyon, and has a population of just over 2,000 people.
Whitney Portal and Lone Pine Lake are among the attractions that draw tourists to Lone Pine. Hiking Mount Whitney is not for the inexperienced; at over 14,000 feet, Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states. You need a permit to do the hike, and you’ll want to train for this 20-mile hike.
Lone Pine is rife with motion picture history as the Alabama Hills have served as a location for movies for years, starting with old westerns featuring Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy, and John Wayne, and in modern times movies like Tremors, Iron Man and Django Unchained were shot here. The Lone Pine film festival happens every October, celebrating the regions rich cinematic history.