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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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  • Just as you exit the tunnel, the view is magnificent. Waterfalls, rock walls of El Capitan. Fabulous. 
  • The quintessential view of the valley. Beautiful in March with water flowing and especially in early evening, as sun goes down or stars come out 
  • This stop can get crowded but its worth it. The view of the valley is spectacular. Pictures are nice but seeing this place in person is a must. 
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  • Unbelievable entrance to the park. If you are a first time visitor I would highly recommend entering the park from this southern road. It sets the scene for any visit
  • One of the most scenic places on Earth. Easy Parking and a great lookout. A MUST stop on your way to Yosemite Valley.
  • Depending on the time of day when you exit the tunnel, the views can vary dramatically. Early or late in the day and the sun slanting across the valley brings out the incredible topography. Midday will afford you the contrasting greens of the trees with the grays of the granite. Honestly? Great views no matter the time of day or the season.
  • We came in November- Thanksgiving day through the weekend. It was an amazing time. Not too crowded. Tunnel View is an amazing spot. A must see, even though it's not a hike, it's still an iconic spot. If you walk through the tunnel, there is a shaft that goes off the side of it you can walk out. No crowds there, and a beautiful view.
  • A breathtaking view of Yosemite Valley. With Half Dome, El Capitan, and the Bridal Veil Falls all in clear view, this is one of the most beautiful vistas in the US. It gets a bit crowded, bit is well worth waiting for a parking space. Must see!