Manzanar Japanese Relocation Site: Manzanar Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Independence, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round.
Very nice visitors center capturing the essence of the lives of the people "detained" during WWII and their perseverance in unimaginable conditions.
During our visit, we met a gentleman who was "interned" at age six in the Tule Lake Relocation Center, one of ten camps created. He spoke of the living conditions and even though these re-constructed barracks were good, he pointed out many discrepancies from reality. Mostly things were more rustic than depicted. But this place is eerie, you can "feel" the anxious energy of the people interned. A must see!
Moving and important historic in the Owens valley of California. This is one of the relocation sites for Japanese Americans interned by the US following Pearl Harbor. The exhibits are excellent and getting better as they continue to develop this historic site.
Sad part of our history. The visitor center has tons of information. I liked to look at all the old dry ponds that were in the gardens.