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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California

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  • Yosemite Valley from Tunnel Viewpoint.- Tunnel View
  • Yosemite Valley from Tunnel Viewpoint: Illustrated.- Tunnel View
  • Yosemite Valley from Tunnel Viewpoint.- Tunnel View
  • Tunnel View at dusk.- Tunnel View
  • Moonrise over the South Rim. Tunnel View.- Tunnel View
  • Light filters around Half Dome.- Tunnel View
  • The sun peeks over Cathedral Peaks.- Tunnel View
  • The Golden State shows her colors.- Tunnel View
  • Winter fog rolls against El Capitan.- Tunnel View
  • Straight look through the valley from Tunnel View just after sunset.- Tunnel View
  • Purple skies remain after the sun disappears.- Tunnel View
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Iconic Yosemite Valley viewpoint.
Cons: 
Crowds.
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Region:
Yosemite + Central Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Points of Interest:
Viewpoint
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Clear throughout the day.
80°F
50°

Tue

Clear throughout the day.
79°F
55°

Wed

Clear throughout the day.
73°F
51°

Thu

Clear throughout the day.
76°F
50°

Fri

Clear throughout the day.
77°F
50°

Sat

Clear throughout the day.
75°F
52°

Sun

Partly cloudy throughout the day.
72°F
46°
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Perhaps made most famous by Ansel Adams*, the vantage of Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View is recognizable world round, regardless of whether you have ever stepped foot in Yosemite National Park.

Just east of the Wawona Tunnel on CA Hwy 41 and at the far western edge of Yosemite Valley, the viewpoint is perched 500 feet above the valley floor. It provides a framed view of many of the park's most iconic and famous granite rock formations including El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Dome and Cathedral Rocks, as well as Bridalveil Falls. 

* Ansel Adams first visited Yosemite National Park in 1916 at the age of 14. He later wrote in regards to his first view of Yosemite Valley that "the splendor of Yosemite burst upon us and it was glorious...One wonder after another descended upon us...There was light everywhere...A new era began for me."

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