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Top of the Sierra Interpretive Center

1 Minaret Rd, Gondola building at the top of Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
800 626 6684
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Ranked #13 of 25 attractions in Mammoth Lakes
Type: Specialty Museums
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Torrance, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

What an amazing opportunity! My family and I rode the gondola to the top for fun. Since we went tubing at Woolly's Tube Park earlier that day, the gondola was free for our kids. We just had to pay for the adults. It was so much fun to go up the mountain and see all the skiers and boarders. Especially... More

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San Diego, California, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Panorama gondola to the top of Mammoth Mountain and take a few minutes to check out the interpretive center. Poster displays and viewing tubes are set up to orient you to the many high peaks along the crest of the Sierra Nevada. Views to Yosemite, Devil's Postpile and south to the high country around Sequoia. They have a cafe up... More

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Los Angeles
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Nothing to wow you here, but you will learn some interesting facts about the surrounding area which is beautiful. Spend a few minutes learning about the Sierras and enjoy the amazing views.

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Riverside, Ca
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We were there on a Saturday, and the volunteer docent who was there with info on the location was an absolute encyclopedia of knowledge! No matter what the question was, he had tons of info, and usually slides and pics to go with it! Really nice place to just walk around, but you must talk to the docent!! (I think... More

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Berkeley, CA, USA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Combine these two to make a perfect day enjoying some of the best of the Eastern Sierra Nevadas. If you don't mind getting an early start, I recommend doing the Reds Meadown/Devil's Postpile/Rainbow Falls in the morning and the Top of the Sierra Interpretive Center in the afternoon. If you combine the two, you will get to see a beautiful... More

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California
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144 reviews 144 reviews
43 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

I went back inside to get ready for the wind and blowing snow. The center has a lot of information on the area and the view of the Sierra from 11,000 feet is breathtaking. I chose to brave the wind and ski down. However, you can take the gondola back down if you're not up for skiing. I took the... More

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Tustin CA
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46 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

With touch-screen interpretative computers, videos rolling, sometimes volunteer or staff docents, maps and about a dozen little viewing tubes spotting specific mountain peaks, visiting the Top Center is always a great time. You can even jump on a spot on the floor and see the mini-earthquake you've created on the graph. This IS a very earthquake-prone area so it is... More

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Oxford, England
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

The views weren't great as the weather wasn't so good up there, though it had looked clear from the ground. A few displays, but not much else.

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Toronto, Canada
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114 reviews 114 reviews
18 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

You pay $25 a pop to see a view. This is also through a window. The museum isn't much. There were no staff there when we went up. The cafe was not open either. None of this was really told to us until we went up there. The value on this isn't there. To me it is really expensive to... More

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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This is a must do. The views from the top are breath taking. The museum at the top is just ok, but the Gondola ride up and the views are well worth the money. It was a lot of fun for our kids they had a great time on the ride up and looking down the mountain. Going up was... More

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