Manzanar National Historic Site

Overview

Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps at which Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II. Located at the foot of the imposing Sierra Nevada in eastern California's Owens Valley, Manzanar has been identified as the best preserved of these camps. Today you may visit Manzanar and learn about the experience of the Japanese Americans at Manzanar and other eras of the site's history. You may drive a 3.2-mile auto tour and see remnants of orchards, rock gardens, building foundations, and the camp cemetery. Also, please plan to come inside the state-of-the-art Manzanar Interpretive Center where you will find extensive exhibits, a 22 minute film, and a bookstore. Visitors are encouraged to explore the site on their own. Although cars and bicycles are restricted to the tour road, visitors may explore the entire site on foot. Visit the gardens in block 22, the chicken ranch, the orchards, or any of the other features of the site not on the main tour road.

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Seasonality / Weather

The 814 acre site is open every day from dawn to dusk.

Directions

Driving: 

Manzanar is located just off of U.S. Highway 395, 12-miles north of Lone Pine, California. It is 5-miles south of Independence, California.