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Like sand in an hour glass, so are disappearing the days of summer. With less than a month before the kids head back to school, time is fleeting to get in one last trip. Here’s four family vacation ideas in the High Sierra that you shouldn’t pass up before fall hits!

Why Be Normal When You Can Visit The Upside Down House

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Upside Down House Lee Vining Family Vacation Ideas in the High Sierra
Image appears courtesy: Mono County Tourism & Film Commission

Road trips are as American as apple pie. And there’s nothing that goes better with a car ride than checking out a world-renowned roadside attraction like the Upside Down House. Conjured up by entrepreneur, visionary, and long-time resident Nellie O’Bryan in 1956, the idea came from two children’s stories “Upside Down Land” and “The Upsidedownians”. Everything inside the structure is upside down including the plaque on the front. This marvel will surely spark your children’s imaginations as well as yours. Want to see even more? Here’s 10 family trip ideas in and around Mono County to kick start your road trip.

Choo, Choo Your Way To Fun Via The Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad

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Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Railroading Family Vacation Ideas in the High Sierra
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There’s something magical about the sights and sounds of a steam powered locomotive. And to see them live and in action, the Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad is THE place to go. A revived railroad that once carried timber out of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range, it will make adults feel young again and fill kids with a sense of wonder. The staff’s passion of railroading will keep the kids entertained while the trip is short and gentle enough for it to leave lasting memories for all involved.

There’s No Putts About It – Tahoe South’s Mini-Golf Scene Is Blistering

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Summer and miniature golf are the perfect pair. For those looking to tee up some fun of the astro-turf variety, South Tahoe offers a few different options. Magic Carpet Mini Golf is the king of the south shore offering not just one but THREE courses of varying difficulty. The three different courses have holes characterized by favorites such as dragons, dinosaurs and pirates. There’s also another great mini golf location in the Heavenly Village called Heavenly Village Mini Golf. Right in the center of the shops during the summer, they convert the ice-skating rink into a course accented with hanging lights and dazzling music. For more adventures by land, water and sky, check out Tahoe South’s post.

Your kids are only going to be this age once, so enjoy every moment you have together. Don’t let the last glimmer of summertime pass you up without one more family trip to the High Sierra. We guarantee you won’t regret it. And if you’re looking for other family adventures, be sure to check out even more ideas found here.

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at

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