Don Bain's 360° Panoramas of
Southern and Eastern California

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I have divided southern and eastern California into seven regions containing more than 1100 Panoramas: To begin, click one of the regions listed here, or click on the map, or scroll down to see a detailed list of localities.

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The public image of Southern California fixates on Hollywood, beaches with palm trees, and endless freeways. In reaility these stereotypes are concentrated in a fairly narrow band along the coast, dominated by the vast metropolis of Los Angeles. But across the mountains and free of the congestion and pollution there is another reality, amazing landscapes of mountains and deserts, and off the coast is a chain of islands that few people ever see. In all there are four national parks in the Southland.

I tend to avoid the urban areas of Southern California but love to travel through the transmontane deserts and ranges, especially in the winter and spring. Nonetheless I find Los Angeles fascinating (and horrifying at the same time) and plan further panoramic excursions there, as well as additional coverage in the pleasant environs of Santa Barbara and San Diego. I have visited three of the Channel Islands and hope to add one more.

  • Four regions cover the urban coastal strip, plus the adjacent islands: Santa Barbara for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties in the north.
  • The Channel Islands, though small in land area, are so unique they get their own region.
  • Los Angeles consists of the non-desert parts of Los Angeles County, Orange County, and the Inland Empire;
  • then San Diego County continuing south to the Mexican border.
  • The deserts begin with a long narrow strip of parallel valleys and mountain ridges East of the Sierra,
  • followed by enormous Death Valley National Park, largest outside of Alaska.
  • The Deserts of Southern California covers the rest, including East Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.




Palm Trees at Refugio Beach, west of Santa Barbara

Palm Trees at Refugio Beach, west of Santa Barbara




On the steep rough trail over El Montañon Ridge Santa Cruz Island

On the steep rough trail over El Montañon Ridge Santa Cruz Island




Inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles

Inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles




Campanario at San Diego Mission, San Diego

Campanario at San Diego Mission, San Diego


Bridgeport Area
Bridgeport and Big Meadows
Twin Lakes
Bodie Ghost Town - Part One
Bodie Ghost Town - Part Two
Bodie Ghost Town - Part Three
Mono Basin
Lundy Canyon and Lundy Lake
North and West of Mono Lake
The East Side of Tioga Pass
Lee Vining Canyon
Lee Vining
West and South of Mono Lake
South Tufa State Reserve at Mono Lake
The Mono Craters
June Lakes Loop on Rush Creek
Mono to Mammoth
Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort
Mammoth Lakes
Long Valley and Lake Crowley
Convict Lake and McGee Creek
The Little Lakes Valley on Rock Creek
Northern Owens Valley
Owens River Gorge
Pine Creek and Rovanna
Round Valley
The Volcanic Tableland
Chalfant Valley
Laws Railroad Museum
Bishop
Big Pine
The Glacier Lodge Road
Big Pine-Death Valley Road
Taboose Pass and Aberdeen
Headgates of the Los Angeles Aqueduct
The White Mountains
The Patriarch Grove of Bristlecone Pines
Patriarch Grove Lower
White Mountain Road North
White Mountain Road South
Westgard Pass Road
Southern Owens Valley
Fort Independence
Independence Creek
Independence
Manzanar National Historical Monument
Movie Flat in the Alabama Hills
Whitney Portal Road and Lone Pine Creek
Tuttle Creek and Lubken Creek
Lone Pine
Diaz Lake
Horsehoe Meadow Road
Horseshoe Meadow
North of Owens Lake
The West Side of Owens Lake
The East Side of Owens Lake
The Inyo Mountains
The Northern Inyo Range
The Road from Keeler to Cerro Gordo
The Semi-Ghost town of Cerro Gordo
The Cerro Gordo Mine
Southern Sierra East Side
Red Cone and Fossil Falls
Freeman Junction
Nine Mile Canyon


Eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada from the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine

Eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada from the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine




Sea level on the road north of Salt Creek

Sea level on the road north of Salt Creek




Hole in the Wall Campground, East Mojave National Preserve

Hole in the Wall Campground, East Mojave National Preserve


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