Get Outside and Play
SPORTS AT MAMMOTH LAKES
Mammoth Lakes in the eastern Sierra southeast of Yosemite is a hive of summer activity, whether it be organized charity rides such as Biking Against Cancer, above, or individual hiking, fishing, backpacking or other outdoor adventures.
The California ideal
of sun, surf and sand has been popularized in decades of film and TV shows, from Beach Blanket Bingo to Baywatch. But visitors to California in the summer can discover even more of the state’s natural beauty heading inland to majestic national parks.
Take a walk to the pier in Manhattan Beach in Southern California on any given day and you’ll see surfers whipping around the waves, volleyball players diving in the sand, and bikers and skateboarders rolling along the Strand. Drive the hills near San Francisco on a sunny weekend afternoon, and in a matter of minutes you’ll pass pelotons of road bikers, and hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers launching onto trailheads. In the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, fleets of sailboats ride ocean breezes, while the wind powers kiteboarders and windsurfers into acrobatics as mellow joggers and their dogs enjoy the spectacle from shoreline pathways. North and south, young and old, Californians love their sports, and the state provides limitless opportunities to ply your favorite or try a new one.