Times readers' underrated destinations of the world
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Little Lake Ranch in the Eastern Sierra( Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times )
Eastern Sierra Nevada
This area has the greatest diversity of landscape, flora and fauna I have ever seen: huge mountains and open plains, gushing streams and stunning lakes, ancient bristlecone pines and young trees, verdant valleys and scrub desert; volcanic hot springs and icy snowfields. And the towns of Lone Pine, Lee Vining and Bishop are small, quaint and full of character.
-- Badri Ananth, Santa Barbara