Manzanar National Historic Site

The Manzanar National Historic Site has a dark and storied history. Sometime before World War II, the surrounding area was a ranching town, focused on growing apples, peaches, alfalfa, and more. After becoming abandoned, Manzanar was turned into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans and Japanese residents in 1942 while the second world war raged on. Nowadays, it is a popular tourist destination where you can find elk, striped skunk, mice, gophers, and plants like bitterbrush, desert peach, and silver lupine. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Manzanar National Historic Site

The Manzanar National Historic Site is rife with things to see and do. RVers will love the wide-open sky and distant mountains. If you're feeling adventurous, go hiking on the Kearsarge Pass or check out the various historical monuments. With locally owned shops and restaurants aplenty, there are many opportunities to learn something new.

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How To Get To Manzanar National Historic Site

Manzanar National Historic Site is located near Central California, near Nevada's southwestern border. Head southwest on I-15 S. Use the right two lanes to take Exit 179 for CA-58 toward Bakersfield. Continue onto CA-58 W and follow for about 29 miles. Take Exit 206 toward US-395 N. Turn right onto US-395 N and follow for around 129 miles. Turn left toward Manzanar Reward Rd, follow for 318 feet, and turn right onto Manzanar Reward Rd. Turn left onto Sentry House Rd. Manzanar National Historic Site is open every day, year-round.


Manzanar Reward Rd, California

Fee: Entry fee $0

Everyone with an RV should have the chance to visit the Manzanar National Historic Site. You can learn about the peoples' struggles in older days whether it was the earthquakes in the area in 1872 or the internment camps in 1942. Immerse yourself in local culture by visiting the many nearby shops and restaurants. If you do all this from the comfort of an RV, you won't ever feel too far away from home.