Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park

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. Put 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.
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  • This stop has the best view of the Valley. We stopped here in both the morning and the afternoon to get the different perspectives with the Sun.  more »
  • It was our most liked place of Yosemitte NP. Easy accesible by car and no need to go anywhere, just enjoy the wonderful view of this valley.  more »
  • The tunnel consists of a wall of giant rocks on the sides, and a pine forest to the Center in the Valley. It is more beautiful when the sun rises. In winter, the waterfalls have greater volume of water.
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  • Amazing AMAZING view, did I mention amazing?? You definitely can't drive pass this place without stopping to take a moment to enjoy the scenery. There's a small parking lot which allows you to park and physically get out of your car to see the gorgeous sight! Definitely photo worthy!
  • Amazing place with a great view! There is a parking area and a sort of observation deck to enjoy the view from. It's also a pretty nice place to enjoy the starry night sky. But cars do pass by somewhat frequently, so if you're looking to take night photos, the lights from the cars might affect your photos.
  • Destination place in Yosemite within couple of miles from the valley and visitor's center. Sunny day makes good sunset point for sure. Plan early in a day or at the end of day to capture most scenic photos....!
  • It probably is one of the best spots to get a view of all of the major landmarks of Yosemite Valley. Because of its prime location, there are many people that frequent this area, especially photographers looking for that perfect shot, and tourist looking for that awesome view. Parking might be a bit hectic, but people seem to clear out fairly quick.
  • I love this place. The most breathtaking views any time of the year! I can't wait to go back. There are always so many tourist it's hard to find parking, but it really is a must see!

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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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