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Trip Planner: USA / California / Yosemite National Park / Yosemite, Tunnel View
Take in the majesty of nature at Yosemite, Tunnel View, one of Yosemite Park's most iconic viewpoints. This site has drawn visitors, photographers, and artists since it opened in 1933. Those arriving by road must drive through a long, dark tunnel before emerging to see the breathtaking scenery, hence the viewpoint's name. A turn-out with ample parking enables you to stop for photographs of El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, and Half Dome. If you are feeling adventurous, you can embark on a hike up to Inspiration Point from here. Put Yosemite, Tunnel View into our Yosemite National Park road trip planning tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Yosemite National Park.
From here you can enjoy a great view. If travelling in winter, please pay attention as this is located just after a tunnel and the ground can be very slippery.
From here you can enjoy a great view. If travelling in winter, please pay attention as this is located just after a tunnel and the ground can be very slippery. more »
Driving through Yosemite is a pleasure all the time, with a new sight tasking your breath away at every turn. And then you emerge from the tunnel to see the one view that is more stunning than any...
Driving through Yosemite is a pleasure all the time, with a new sight tasking your breath away at every turn. And then you emerge from the tunnel to see the one view that is more stunning than any... more »
This is the first spot you will see when you arrive at the valley. You drive through the 1 mile long rock tunnel and you can park RIGHT away on the left (or right a bit further), and walk directly to this absolutely breathtaking view of the entire valley. It might be the best view in Yosemite, despite how popular it is (and sometimes my favorite spots are the spots less trafficked). It is a great spot to be for at night (to see the stars), or at sunrise/sunset.
You need to be prepared for this as you drive in, as its right at the mouth of the tunnel. This is somewhere I would highly recommend stopping as it gives the most fantastic views of the whole valley. If you get the sun right, this is a wonderous view. It does get very busy and there are not many parking spots, so best to get here early if you can. My pics are from ~4pm (going in) and ~9am (going out) in June.
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