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."