Yosemite, Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park

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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.
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  • I think this is the best vista point I have see in the Yosemite Park! Has enough parking area and walking around space. 
    I think this is the best vista point I have see in the Yosemite Park! Has enough parking area and walking around space.  more »
  • If your looking for a place you can get Bridal Falls, El Capitan and Half Done all in one picture. This is the place to stop. It’s a great place to stop first before exploring all that Yosemite has... 
    If your looking for a place you can get Bridal Falls, El Capitan and Half Done all in one picture. This is the place to stop. It’s a great place to stop first before exploring all that Yosemite has...  more »
  • My wife and I stayed in Yosemite for two nights and visited Tunnel View twice. We were shocked by the views and it is one of the most stunning things that we have seen it our lives. The viewpoint was....  more
    My wife and I stayed in Yosemite for two nights and visited Tunnel View twice. We were shocked by the views and it is one of the most stunning things that we have seen it our lives. The viewpoint was....  more »
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  • 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.
  • It speaks for itself.
  • I went to the Tunnel View for sunset, but got there a bit late, when the last glow was almost gone. There were lots of tourists and photographers there waiting for that perfect view and moment, if there was a full moon, that would be our luck, unfortunately, it was only a half moon night! One thing was fun for me, as I got a spicy tuna poke bowl from Yosemite Lodge Basecamp restaurant, and it was really perfect to enjoy the dinner with a million $ sunset view in the car, when most tourists left. What a moment!!! Cheers!
  • This is a must see. An entire panoramic view of Yosemite NP, out of this world. Would suggest going there during sunrise. Surely good for photographers to click some morning hues with such a scenic foreground of valley and the waterfall! To make it more special carry a cup of hot tea or coffee, sip while you enjoy the great view!
  • Possibly the most incredible view I have ever seen. Was like stepping inside an Ansel Adams photograph. Humbled and inspired by the majesty of this sacred place

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