If you visit Yosemite between May and November, you can reach the mile-long Tenaya Lake via the Tioga Pass Road. Outside these times, the weather conditions close the road. It is just these kind of extremes that helped form this stunning lake, created by the same glacier that forged Half Dome. Tenaya Lake wasn’t on […]
California: here you can read about California in virtual tours and see examples of California 360 virtual tours.
California is almost twice the size of the United Kingdom and its landscape is vast and varied, ranging from desert to snow-capped mountains, from remote beaches to sprawling cities.
The virtual tours and panoramic images displayed here will give you an insight into the amazing geographic diversity of California. Featuring the lowest point in the United States, Death Valley and Yosemite National Park, a world heritage site.
“Surely the fairest picture the whole world affords” said Mark Twain of Lake Tahoe, and when free of the crowds you can see just why. This 360 view looks out above Emerald Bay, over towards Eagle Falls (waterfall) and Fannette Island. We had sat out on the rocks, having a beer or two the night […]
Highway 1, State Route 1, Pacific Coast Highway, Shoreline Highway. Whatever you call it, it is (with the possible exception of Route 66) the world’s most famous road. And with good reason – the scenery is magnificent and the route from Orange County in the South, through Los Angeles, Big Sur, central coast, Monterey, San […]
Having weathered the storm I captured this sunset later on the same day. You can see the stormy clouds over the Alabama Hills in an earlier shot taken from the same location.
Arriving here after a drive along Movie Flat Road you quickly understand why this area has become a favourite location for many filmmakers. The rugged, barren and geologically diverse landscape can be seen in hundreds of films, from classic westerns like The Lone Ranger to more recent films, including Iron Man and Gladiator. The Alabama […]
The richly diverse landscape of California is a photographers dream. The night before taking this shot we rolled up in the dark and booked ourselves into a log cabin by the water, not knowing what to expect. The next morning we got up early to discover we’d hit gold with this majestic scene. The morning […]
I knew it was going to be a hot day photographing the Trona Pinnacles in the Mojave Desert, Southern California, but I hadn’t anticipated quite how hot. We clocked the temperature at 54.4C (130 F), only a couple of degrees centigrade off the all-time world record temperature (56.7C or 134 F), registered at the Furnace […]
High resolution panorama shot in Yosemite National Park, California, picturing a road tunnel in the mountainside above a deep valley. Panoramic stock photography available.
Leonard Knight started to build ‘Salvation Mountain’ in 1984. Constructed entirely from adobe, paint and window putty with oddments of found objects, it rises out of the barren desert landscape as an incredible example of Folk Art. Sleeping in a truck on site, Leonard is constantly adding to the mountain to help spread the message […]
Tour Los Angeles’ Pacific coastline virtually with this set of 360 panoramas of some of the beaches around Los Angeles.
Death Valley is a place of extremes. In the USA it holds records for these extremes: the hottest place (134°F / 56.7°C), the lowest place (86m below sea level), the darkest night sky in the USA. Since being designated as a National Monument, Death Valley has grown to 3.4 million acres, and is one of […]
Zabriskie Point is a dramatic natural feature in Death Valley, California, formed by sediment from an ancient lake, long since dried up. Named after the vice-president of the Pacific Coast Borax Company, it was made famous as the location of the love scene in Antonioni’s 1970 film, Zabriskie Point.
The Devil’s Golf Course is a huge area of of rock salt left behind when the lake which used to cover the area evaporated about 10,000 years ago. The rock salt has been formed by the elements into jagged peaks. The area was apparently named for a line in a 1930’s National Park Service Death […]
Driving down the Interstate 10 by Palm Springs, you come across the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm – a massive 4,000 windmill wind farm which generates enough energy for the Palm Springs area and the entire Coachella Valley. The area is a fantastic site for a wind farm as the pass between the San Bernardino […]
An accident in irrigation in 1905 led to the creation of the Salton Sea, a vast inland sea 69 metres below sea level in Southern California. The area became known for watersports, and after the introduction of fish to the sea, for sport fishing. By the 1950’s it was a thriving holiday destination with more […]
Bodie was a gold rush town in the 1880’s and boomed to a population of 10,000 people, all hoping to make their fortune. Rumoured to have had 65 saloons, the town attracted miners, shopkeepers, newspapermen, prostitutes and gunslingers from all over America – and allegedly there was a man killed every day there. In the […]
A collection of virtual tours captured around San Francisco California. Including Union Square and the surrounding area.
Bodie is an original ghost town from the Californian gold rush in the late 1800’s. Bodie itself is now maintained, according to the State of California, in a state of “arrested decay”. Close to Bodie, this caravan’s decay is certainly not arrested as being used for target practice site gradually decimates it. Use your mouse […]
Each year, people from around the world gather to ‘burn the man’ deep in the Nevada Desert. A temporary city – Black Rock City – springs up to house all of these people, who are all exhorted to ‘leave no trace’ on the desert landscape. The Burning Man Festival is loosely, a festival of art, […]
At San Francisco Bay’s opening to the Pacific Ocean stands the Golden Gate Bridge. Finished in 1937, the distinctive red-orange colour was chosen to enhance its natural surroundings and to stand out in the fog. This virtual tour shows just how well that colour shows up against the fog rolling in.