Yesterday, I traveled with my family to Mono Lake in California. It's a great place to take some amazing photos. They have a visitors center that overlooks a good portion of the lake that contains a small museum-like information center. The water there is twice as salty as the ocean and it became that way because the once-sprawling lake had all of it's fresh water syphoned out by the city of LA, from what I read (I may have read wrong). The receding waters cause tall tufa deposits along the outer rim of the lake. If you're making that trip from Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe, Mono Lake is a must-see.