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Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park

Categories: Lookouts, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web
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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  • Little parking, but a beautiful view of Yosemite Valley. A nice introduction to Yosemite.
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  • Very iconic view of Yosmite! Very beautful and looks just like the pictures, we saw it as part of tour and was a great vista point 
  • As tempted as you might be to head to the major sites in the park, like most people do, I would highly recommended making the turn to "Tunnel View, first! You definitely will not regret it!!! The view...  read more »
  • As countless others have said, the landscape from Tunnel View is simply spectacular. If the parking lots are too full and busy to stop on the way into the park, continue on and come back here on your way out. We found it much less busy and could easily stop and park and enjoy the scenery. The sun is even at a more useful angle than it was early in the day when we first came through, plus some picturesque clouds had built up by early evening adding some beautiful photographical elements.
  • One of my favorite spots I'm Yosemite. The view is just too beautiful. I actually enjoy it when there are clouds lower than the mountain tops. It's a magical place.
  • Night falls in the photo below on a lighted, misty landscape at Tunnel View, an observation point of unparalleled beauty located in Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California.
  • As you make your way to Yosemite Valley for the first time from the hwy 41 entrance you make your way thru this neverending tunnel with water coming threw the rock of the tunnel. Looking at a tiny dot of light getting bigger and bigger you make your way to the tunnel look out. With ample parking on both sides of the road make sure camera is charged. The views are stunning. Bridalveil Falls depending on the season can be flowing like mad or practically not existent. El Capitan is dominant in this setting and Half Dome off in the distance. Truly a wonder of the world. Stop breath and take it all in. I have spent hours just in this one place. I am very luck to be able to see this 4 or 5 times a year so I get all the seasons.
  • The "Tunnel View" from the Wawona Tunnel scenic turnout, on the way down to Yosemite Valley, is simply stunning! No other way to put it... experiencing Yosemite Valley in person is a required addition to every bucket list!
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