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Yosemite In A Day Tour from San Francisco
"The tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel or in front of The Parc 55 Hotel in one of our comfortable vans. We will then drive east across the San Francisco Bay Bridge with views of San Francisco Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. We will continue on through the Central Valley (San Joaquin Valley) of California. The Central Valley is the largest food growing region in the United States. We will drive past almond walnut cherry and other fruit and nut orchards. After making a quick stop for snacks we will continue on into the Sierra Nevada foothills and California’s gold country where we will drive through the historic gold country town of Groveland California and finally into the mountains and Yosemite National Park.Once in the park
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Yosemite In A Day Tour from San Francisco
"The tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel or in front of The Parc 55 Hotel in one of our comfortable vans. We will then drive east across the San Francisco Bay Bridge with views of San Francisco Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. We will continue on through the Central Valley (San Joaquin Valley) of California. The Central Valley is the largest food growing region in the United States. We will drive past almond walnut cherry and other fruit and nut orchards. After making a quick stop for snacks we will continue on into the Sierra Nevada foothills and California’s gold country where we will drive through the historic gold country town of Groveland California and finally into the mountains and Yosemite National Park.Once in the park
From $140.00
 
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip
"Your journey begins with a convenient pickup at your hotel. You'll cross the San Francisco Bay Bridge en route to the Sierra Nevada mountain range driving through gold rush towns as your guide carries you back to the era of the old West.In the late morning enter Yosemite National Park where you'll take a guided walk. Visit the Tuolumne Grove (weather permitting) and be amazed by the size of the redwood trees in Yosemite's largest grove. Let the serene surroundings of the forest recharge your energy. Stop a watch for rock climbers as they daringly make their way to the summit. In the springtime marvel at the tallest waterfall in the park Yosemite Falls.After you may explore Yosemite Valley on your own. For lunch
From $159.00

Tunnel View Tips (12)

Tunnel View

One of the first views of Yosemite Valley can be the spectacular Tunnel view. This is because it is the first stop off as you come out of the tunnel leading to Yosemite Valley. 

To get the best photograph however it may be worth leaving this until you are on the way out of the valley, because the sun in the summer afternoon is much better than in the morning. 

Spectacular

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vichatherly
Aug 31, 2010

Wawona Tunnel

As we shot through the Wawona Tunnel to arrive at the other end, I was unprepared for the spectacular view of Yosemite's geologic wonders. One word comes to mind: awesome! (picture 2)

Not only are you are treated to an incomparable view of El Capitan, but Half Dome, too (picture 3). Bridalveil Falls is to the far right and not captured by my photo.

The Wawona Tunnel, constructed in 1933, provided easier access for the hoards of tourists coming into the Yosemite Valley. The tunnel was quite the engineering marvel with its power lines, carbon monoxide sensors and high-speed fans.

It took nearly two years to drill the tunnel. Workers used 275 tons of blasting power, permitting them to progress about 20 feet a day.

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VeronicaG
Aug 20, 2007

Tunnel View

Heading south towards Wawona, there's an opportunity to pull off right before you enter the tunnel. This overlook is imaginatively known as Tunnel View, and what makes it so popular is that you can take in three of the big-name sights at once - El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Falls. As you can imagine, there are plenty of cameras out and clicking. Worth the stop to take in some of the wonders of the park.

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PinkFloydActuary
Oct 20, 2006

Tunnel View

Emerging from Wawona Tunnel, an amazing viewpoint is to your left; probably one of the most well-known views in the world, Tunnel View has a very beautiful view of Yosemite Valley and its major features. Expect the viewpoint to be very crowded; you'll find bus tourists, RVs, valley tram tours, and many more people crowding to take photos. To sum up the view: To your left, the extremely big rock is El Capitan. Side by side in the center are Clouds Rest and Half Dome. To the right of Half Dome is the Sentinel, with a ridge leading up to Sentinel Dome. On the far right is Catedral Spires, with Bridalveil Falls tumbling in between. The forested Yosemite Valley is beneath everything.

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chewy3326
Jun 30, 2006
 
 
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Tunnel View with FANTASTIC view

Okay, okay, so Yosemite is not a place that is not well known, but still I enjoyed comparing the pictures that I had seen to the reality when we visited, not to mention taking a few of our own pictures. You can get maps with directions to the various lookout points, trials and camping spots in ranger station. One of the best lookout points with easy access is the Tunnel View that you see here, it is only a few minutes drive from the ranger station on the southern road of the park which also leads to the Mariposa Grove and Glacier Point Lookout. I am still not sure which one of the many beautiful scenes you can see from Tunnel View is the most awesome or impressive or fantastic.

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Martin_S.
Jun 29, 2006

Tunnel View

This is one of the most spectacular views of Yosemite Valley. From here you can see El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall rising from Yosemite Valley, with Half Dome in the background. This vista is at the east end of the Wawona Tunnel along the Wawona Road.

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roamer61
Jun 08, 2006

Valley View

The Tunnel Veiw is a breathtaking one. Just after a long tunnel their is a parking lof on your left. From that parking lot is a sight of the valley floor that really inspires. In the evening the shaddows cast by El Capitan on the valley floor and the orange colors reflected off the granite faces make for a perfect picture opportunity.

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GuthrieColin
Mar 08, 2006

Tunnel View Lookout

One of the most spectacular lookouts of the Yosemite Valley in my opinion. It's located just outside the valley before the Wawona Tunnel leading to Highway 41. The parking lots fill up and it's a popular tour bus and tram stop for obvious reasons.

One can view El Capitan on the left, Half Dome in the middle distance, Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rock & Bridalveil Falls on the right.

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annk
Jun 14, 2005

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"The Incomparable Valley (and Park)"
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"Yosemite in a day"
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"On Becoming Part of the Food Chain: Yosemite"
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"Yosemite National Park"
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"Yosemite is Perhaps the Prettiest Park in the USA"
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Tunnel View

This viewpoint offers a beautiful panorama of Yosemite Valley with El Capitan on the left, Bridalveil Fall on the right and Half Dome in the center. The lookout is located on Highway 41 at the western end of the valley.

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Andraf
May 17, 2005

Long Tunnel

When entering the park from the south side from 140 this is the tunnel that you go through before reaching the wonderful valley viewpoint. The View is amazing and the tunnel is quite impressive itself. It's about a mile long and solid rock. The walls in parts are concrete but the majority of the walls appear to be the actual hillside.

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GuthrieColin
Nov 22, 2004

Tunnel View

The classic Yosemite picture taken from the viewpoint by the tunnel on the way to the Mariposa Grove. There is a parking area just by the entrance to a tunnell where you can pull over to get the most beautiful views of the valley.
The view shows the main Merced valley with Bridalveil Falls just to the right, El Capitan to the left and Half Dome in the distance.

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pmarshuk
Aug 13, 2004

Tunnel View

on Hwy. 41 is one of the most photographed vistas in the world. It provides a panoramic view of Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks and Bridalveil Fall. Be prepared to pull into the parking area to the right or left immediately past the tunnel.

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sunnywong
Nov 04, 2002

Things to Do Near Tunnel View

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Cemetery

Numerous native Americans, pioneers, and park visitors are buried at the cemetery that is located between the museum complex and the worker residential housing to the west. Most notable that I found...
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Mariposa Grove

Mariposa :Grizzly Giant,Tunnel Tree & Fallen Giant Walk the Talk from Mariposa Grove. This is about 2 Kms drive from the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park. Close places to stay are the hotels...
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Bridal Veil Falls

This is the second highest falls in the park and the highest one that runs year round. it plunges 189 meters from the surrounding mountains into the Yosemite valley. There is an about 1/2 mile trail...
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Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

As we traveled along Highway 41 to the Tenaya Lodge, we passed Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. It was leaving the station, on its way to a scenic trip through the Sierra National Forest. We...
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Ribbon Falls

Ribbon Falls goes away in summer, so the best time to visit this beauty is definitely in spring. Here are images from Spring 2013, somewhat of a drought year, but just after a small rain storm. For...
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Sentinel Dome

This is a hiking trail that you MUST take when you visit yosemite. The ease vs the reward comparison is unmatched in the whole park. Located just two to three miles before the end of Glacier Point...
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