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Bishop Things to Do

  • Historical Walking Tour~

    Bishop has many wonderful historical buildings. To fully enjoy them check with the Chamber of Commerce to get a historical walking tour map. Many of the homes are private residence, so respect their privacy.Please check with the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau690 N. Main Street, Bishop , CA 93514Historic Walking Tour Pamphlet

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  • Have Your Favorite Drink at Hot Creek

    I like Hot Creek because no matter how big your party, there's room for you. The smaller tubs are great, but sometimes there are space/privacy/people's tackle in your face issues.We run into the most interesting folks at Hot Creek, from old Brits on holiday to locals we hadn't run into in ages. Also, since it's not a nudie place, you can bring your...

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  • FIRST STOP...VISITORS CENTER

    Arriving in Bishop, California, the first stop should be the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center on Hwy 395. Sitting next to a creek, the A frame building houses all the information and maps you will need to get a full appreciation of this part of California's history and beauty. It is well worth the time spent before heading out and about Bishop....

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Bishop Hotels

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  • Creekside Inn

    My wife and I stayed at this motel recently, and it lived up to its expectations. The rooms were...

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  • Best Western Bishop Holiday Spa Lodge

    1025 N Main St, Bishop, California, 93514, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Ramada Limited Bishop

    155 East Elm St., Bishop, California, 93514, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Bishop Restaurants

  • HOME OF THE ORIGINAL SHEEPHERDER BREAD

    Okay. Tourists delight. Locals delight. Bread the old-fashioned way. Delicious. Fresh. Different. Many styles and types of bread made daily with the original Sheepherder Bread being the favorite. The racks of bread beckon you with names like Chileno Cheeze, Mule Bread, and Honi Squaw Raisin Nut. There are over 24 different loaves of bread as well...

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  • Low carb and loving it!!!

    Trying to eat healthy while on a trip can be challenging, but we did our best by looking for salads. Unlike Jack in the Box, service was efficient and friendly...plus the food was delicious. We had the Charbroiled Chicken Salad-To-Go (charbroiled chicken, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cheese, croutons, black beans and spicy southwestern ranch...

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  • Superb Sandwiches

    This is a local bakery, situated on the main road of Bishop. It has a title of "Home of the Original Sheepherder Bread since 1907".The place is fantastic for lunch, as the sandwiches have to be seen to be believed.Also the cakes looked incredible and the fruit pullaways tempting. It was only the fact that we were heading for the heat of Death...

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Bishop Nightlife

  • Bishop Barflies

    We save Rusty's for the two to three times a year friends from overseas come to town and want to see cowboys/rednecks/good ol' boys in their element. Helps if you wear a hat - baseball cap with a tall profile or cowboy will do.Belt buckles and boots if you want to get extra fancy.

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  • The only clean bar in town!

    Whiskey Creek doesn't have the "authentic" feel of Bishop's other two or three saloons, but then again it doesn't have their grimy feel and toothless drunks, either. If they haven't gone north to Mammoth for nightlife, the few yuppies and 20-somethings in the area are likely trying to find it here. The food is American, the local microbrews pretty...

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Bishop Transportation

  • Eastern Sierra Transit

    Eastern Sierra Transit provides public bus transportation in and around the Eastern Sierra. The 395 Route goes between Reno, Nv and Lancaster, Ca with stops in Bishop, Mammoth & Lone Pine. There are routes between Bishop & Mammoth and Lone Pine & Bishop. There is local bus service in Bishop, Mammoth and Lone Pine. Go to www.estransit.com to see all...

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  • Sorry, Bishop isn't served by regular...

    Pretty much, you will need your own transport to get here and around. We are about four hours from the closest commercial airports (Reno, Las Vegas, and Burbank). If you are v. patient, you can try to coordinate Greyhound with the local CREST bus system.If you manage to get here, but need a car, there are two car rental places that can help...

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  • Giggle Springs Gas Station

    This place has cheap gas, clean bathrooms and a large variety of snacks, drinks and locally brewed beers. It's a great place to fill up on your way to Mammoth Lakes. It's located mid way through Bishop on the right going north and left going south.

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Bishop Shopping

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    by goingsolo Written Sep 7, 2006

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    Wilson's is the local institution when it comes to hiking, camping or climbing. The store rents tents, sleeping bags and other outdoor necessities and is pretty well stocked on the last minute items you may need for your great adventure as well as things you may not be able to buy at home, such as hiking boots, poles and clothing. Since I live in Florida where REI doesn't even have a store, places like this are like Disneyland. I made quite a contribution to the local economy here.

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Bishop Local Customs

  • Put on your red dress, mama It's the...

    If you come to the area in Mid September and love live music, come to the Millpond Festival. It's three days of music at the base of the Sierras and features great folk, blues, rock, zydeco, rockabilly, etc. - all those great genres you can bop to!In past years, we've had The Blind Boys of Alabama, David Lindley, Riders of the Purple Sage, Geno...

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  • Tri County Fair - It's Good Cathartic...

    If you are in town during Labor Day Weekend (first weekend in September), come to the Tri-County Fair.You'll see/taste/touch blue ribbon salsa, beer, tomatoes, art, cats and dogs, etc.In addition, you can go to a real live rodeo or destruction derby. (Destruction Derby tickets sell out fast!)If you get hungry or thirsty, you can stuff yourself...

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    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Bishop Warnings and Dangers

  • Extinguish Your Fires

    Please make sure to extinguish all your fires, cigarettes, etc. Water, sand, shovels, etc. all work really well.Fires are devastating around here and WILL ruin your holiday.

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  • Watch your speedometer around...

    Watch your speedometer around Bishop as there is a plethora of highway patrol officers and local sheriff's deputies out there looking for those with a lead foot. Most common traps are by the Bishop gold course on the south end of town (slow to 45 mph) and south towards Big Pine.

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Bishop Tourist Traps

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    by tomatohead Written Apr 8, 2004

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    Schat's Bakkery produces some nice donuts and chili cheese bread and sandwiches, but going between 9-5, esp. on weekends and holidays is like asking for a hole in the head.

    Unique Suggestions: Go before 8am and after 5pm or go during the week, like the locals do. Yes, lunch hour is bad, too.

    I've waited 45 minutes for a sandwich before.

    Fun Alternatives: Great Basin has good bread and is available at the bakery (south end of town, where 395.com is) and at Josephs and Manor Market.

    Add some nummy deli meats and cheese from the Meat House and you've got yourself a picnic!

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Bishop What to Pack

  • High Desert - Hot Days, Cool Nights

    Be sure to bring pants, sweatshirts and a jacket even in the middle of July or August. The evenings can be quite cool, especially after a day over 100. There is very little rain so wet weather gear is not necessary. Believe me, you will want to have a camera with you! There is a full service camp ground in Bishop, and there are several others...

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  • What's that hot yellow orb in the sky?

    Daypack with at least a litre of water. If you are hiking, you'll need at least 3 litres. Nights can get cool, even in summer. Bring a long sleeved shirt at the very least. If you are headed into the mountains, bring some layers - synthetics are good, even in Summer.Wide brimmed hat SUNBLOCK and LIPBALM. We have 15 percent humidity here, so your...

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Bishop Off The Beaten Path

  • The tallest peak in the lower 48

    Located about 40 minutes to an hour south of Bishop, CA is Mt. Whitney. Known as the the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states, Mt. Whitney is on the east side of the Great Western Divide and stands at 14,491 feet (4417 meters). Mt. Whitney is the most frequently climbed peak in the Sierra Nevada, so please contact the National Park Service or US...

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  • CONVICT LAKE

    Just 40 minutes north of Bishop on Hwy 395, about 2 miles south of Mammoth Lakes is Convict Lake Rd. turnoff, to the left of Mammoth Airport. Going west up this road you feel as if nothing is here, until you drop back down into the valley and see the Convict Lake Resort and the lake and mountain further on. You just might stop right when you first...

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  • LAWS RAILROAD MUSEUM

    Just 4 1/2 miles N.E. of Bishop, California on Hwy 6 sits a rebuilt railroad museum and historical site. All kinds of shops and buildings of the turn of the century, from 1880's to 1920's, a little bit of the old west is here in LAWS (Bishop). Open all year from 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M., it is a museum town for all ages with a 1909 Narrow Gauge Engine and...

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Bishop Sports & Outdoors

  • Value Sport

    This was a pretty big sporting goods store that included a ski/snowboard rental shop. The skis I ordered did not come in time for my ski weekend so I had to rent just skis. $10 a day. Better than the $23 a day in Mammoth.

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  • Make a stop here for your backcountry...

    If you are going to spend the night in the backcountry, you'll need to stop by the White Mountain Ranger Station first to get your permit. They are free and available the day before you intend to go in, at 11 am.First come, first serve. There are trailhead quotas.If you are absolutely sure you want to be on a certain trail head and your trip is do...

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Bishop Favorites

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    by tomatohead Written Aug 28, 2003

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    Favorite thing: If you are just driving through and Fido needs to go, I recommend checking out our extensive canal system.

    Fido can have a wander off-leash and you can get some lovely views of the mountains.

    Fondest memory: If you head East on East Line Street and park up immediately after you cross over the canal (you can go either right or left), you can let Fido out to take care of business.

    The cows and their calves are only out in Winter and for the most part, leave folks/dogs alone, unless they feel threatened. So, if your dog is a cow chaser, you might want to use a leash.

    Judy fishing on the canal
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