The Bishop Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it will offer guided sightseeing tours of the Eastern Sierra during this year’s Mule Days week. A local, certified tour guide will lead each tour aboard a comfortable motor coach. Guests will experience spectacular scenery, visit historic sites and museums, and learn more about the area – pioneers, mining, geology, flora, fauna and more!
On Thursday, May 24th, the tour is entitled “Paiutes & Planets.” Participants will have the rare opportunity to visit the Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center and experience Native American artifacts, exhibits and displays at this one-of-a-kind gem of a museum. Next, guests will travel Scenic Byway 395 south towards Big Pine and learn why the Sierra is known as the “Land of Fire and Ice.” The next stop is commonly known as “The Ears,” and many a passerby wonders what actually goes on there. The Owens Valley Radio Observatory serves as a scientific lab run by the California Institute of Technology and these large dish arrays gather information from deep within the universe. Tour attendees will have the rare chance to get a behind the scenes tour and meet with an OVRO official. The tour bus will leave the Bishop Chamber at 8:30 a.m. and return by 12:30 p.m. Cost is $45 per person.
On Friday, May 25th, the name of the tour is “Pioneers, Prisoners & Fish Packers.” This excursion will take guests along Scenic Byway 395 to visit Manzanar National Historic Site. Go back in time 70 years when the world was at war. Explore the world-class interpretive center which reveals the stories and real life experiences of Japanese American internees forced to live at Manzanar. Next, you will visit the Eastern California Museum in Independence. Enjoy indoor and outdoor exhibits related to frontier life. This museum also has one of the largest displays of Paiute and Shoshone Native American Basketry in the US. Finally, you’ll visit the Historic Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery. Lunch is included with this tour and participants will enjoy a picnic feast under the shade trees near the trout pond at this beautiful facility. Learn how the hatchery contributed to the preservation of our State Fish – the Golden Trout. The bus will leave Bishop Chamber at 8:30 a.m. and return at 3:00 p.m. Cost is $65 per person.
Seating is extremely limited for both tours so advance reservations are a must.
“We’ve heard from many visitors that they really want to learn more about the unique history, culture and natural elements of this region,” says chamber representative Tawni Thomson. The chamber has recently partnered with Joe Pollini, a trained, certificated tour guide and local expert, as well as Unterwegs California for the chartered buses. “We’re absolutely thrilled that we can offer this great program and hopeful that visitors to Mule Days will enjoy the trips.”
To sign-up for the tours, or for more information, please call the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at (760) 873-8405.
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