Lots of lakes, as much granite as you can take in, and less people. The crowds veer toward Yosemite and Desolation, and SKC, leaving Emigrant a pretty enjoyable spot (just stay away from the big reservoir areas like Spicer). Except on that note, if you kayak or canoe check out camping on Utica Reservoir. It gets crowded but its fun, and not too hard to find a private spot.
Another destination is Kibbie Lake in north Yosemite. Its pretty well travelled now, and I haven't been in at least 15 years, but its a pretty spot and only about 3.5 (steep) miles in.