Directions

From the Los Angeles Area

The distance from Los Angeles to Manzanar is approximately 230 miles one way and will take about 4 1/2 hours including stops. Take Interstate 5 (Golden State Freeway) north. Then take California Highway 14 (Antelope Valley Freeway) north. Highway 14 turns into US 395 near Ridgecrest. Continue on US 395 past Lone Pine. Manzanar is approximately 8 miles after Lone Pine. If you reach Independence, you’ve gone too far. The Pilgrimage is held at the northwest corner of the site, near the cemetery monument. Enter the site at the historic sentry posts and follow the tour road to the cemetary.

From the San Francisco Bay Area

The shortest route from the Bay Area takes you through Yosemite National Park, but the roads are closed in the winter, usually through April. The alternate route is to head South on Interstate 5, and get onto California Highway 99 south into Bakersfield. From Bakersfield, head eastbound on California Highway 58, which goes to Mojave. From Mojave, take California Highway 14 north. Highway 14 turns into US 395 near Ridgecrest. Continue on US 395 past Lone Pine. Manzanar is approximately 8 miles after Lone Pine. If you reach Independence, you’ve gone too far. The Pilgrimage is held at the northwest corner of the site, near the cemetery monument. Enter the site at the historic sentry posts and follow the tour road to the cemetery.

Some roads in our area are subject to closure, usually due to weather. Sierra Nevada mountain passes, including Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park, are closed during the winter. Roads in Death Valley National Park are occassionally closed due to flooding. For current California road closure information, please call toll free 1-800-427-ROAD (7623) or 916-445-7623.