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Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park

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Take in the majesty of nature at 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. Plan to see Tunnel View and other attractions that appeal to you using our Yosemite National Park itinerary builder.
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Where to stay in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park offers something for everyone. Choose from upscale or historic hotels, a well-appointed lodge, motel rooms, rustic cabins, canvas tent cabins, and developed campgrounds. Yosemite Village in the heart of the valley is the most convenient place to stay, but other accommodations line the roads leading to the village. If you can't secure a place inside the park, try the various lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages, and motels on the roads leading in from the west. Staying any further out can cost you valuable time that you could be spending hiking, biking, and sightseeing. To escape from the crowds in the valley, reserve a campsite at Crane Flat or Hodgdon Meadow, which are far enough out to provide solitude but close enough to reach major valley attractions in less than half an hour. Campgrounds along Tioga Road see even fewer crowds. If you plan to visit in summer, you must reserve accommodations (even campsites) well in advance, as Yosemite remains extremely popular with both visitors from afar and those based in California.
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  • This spot is easy to get to by car for the most spectacular view of the valley. While the best viewing is probably early afternoon given the angel of the sun on the valley, we would suggest that you a...  more »
  • If you visit the park later in the day be prepared for super busy turnouts. There were absolutely no parking places, so we had someone stay in the car in the parking area while the rest of us hopped o...  more »
  • This view that never disappoints! The Tunnel View is an iconic place for every Yosemite Valley traveler. Whether beckoning you to explore as you enter the park, or bidding a fond farewell as you exit,...  more »
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  • The tunnel is sort of cool, but I don't really know why so many people were into looking at this particular view of it. My wife says that any tunnel can only truly be seen from within. 3/5 because at least I saw a cool bird.
  • First impressive stop on the way to Yosemite! On the way to the park after a tunnel you exit onto some of the most stunning views you'll ever see. A little car park lets you easily make a stop and a viewing area lets you take snaps with incredible views. There's also a trail from this point but I presume most people will be keen to keep going towards Yosemite. Definitely make this a stop on your way to the park.
  • Fantastic place. A prerequisite for anyone visiting Yosemite Valley. Put on your schedule - no doubt. Best hour in my opinion is at noon. Early on the morning not good pictures. In 2 pics: Dark is a picture of around 9 AM in april-2017. And clear is at noon in may-2012.
  • Upto 100 people with tripods out looking out over the valley. Though this IS a great view, don't spend your whole day here like some people do. If you want to combine this with a little hike, park up and head up the valley side behind the trash and food storage boxes until you get to Inspiration Point. We were lucky enough to watch the fog roll into the valley from there.
  • Just breathtaking. Don't be like me and think "I've seen the pictures, I know what it looks like. Why go?" Go! Experience the scale and greatness that is Yosemite. It is an aweinspiring and humbling experience. This view especially; a culmination of some of what is Yosemite.