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Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway

Zion National Park, UT
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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Owner description: This scenic highway offers interesting curves and tunnels.
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Elk Grove, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

This drive is very impressive, particularly the part that is closest to the visitor's center in the canyon. The 5 or 6 switchbacks provide different views of the many huge, imposing rock walls. The tunnel's "windows" were notable ... especially when viewed from the exterior (they look like black holes). Driving both directions through the tunnel is advisable, as the... More

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South East England
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14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This was our last National Park visit on a recent road trip. Driving through tunnel was a great experience but very busy, had to wait slightly longer due to a Big Horn Sheep standing precariously near the entrance. Magnificent views looking upwards during this drive through Zion NP, very crowded especially on shuttle buses. Only had time to do a... More

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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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164 reviews 164 reviews
69 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

A beautiful drive with a different view at every turn. The tunnel that was built in the 30's has to be driven through to appreciate the effort and engineering skills. The geology over on the east side is very different to the Valley, so take a couple hours out to experience something completely different. Plenty of pull ins to stop... More

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Floyd, Virginia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This drive is definitely something for your to-do bucket list. It's beautiful at every turn. I only wish there was a way to stop in the tunnel and take pictures through the cut outs :-) Winding, but not scary at all. And, going east to west, make a stop at the bathroom just after exiting the tunnel. We spotted a... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We drove from Springdale up to the tunnel and back a couple of times. This is a driver's drive with lots of twists and turns on the road, hairpin bends and a 1.1 mile tunnel through the mountain! There are lay-bys along the way where you can stop and take photos of the spectacular scenery around you!

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Hartford, Wisconsin
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97 reviews 97 reviews
45 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We rode through the tunnels and back a couple times. It's a beautiful ride and totally worth the visit. But you have to stop and do some hiking to see it well.

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El Dorado Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The experience was so wonderful it induced an emotional reaction. Bryce must have been an inspiration for Antoni Gaudi.

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Kansas City, MO
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

While heading to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary to volunteer, we came by way of Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. What a beautiful drive! Have your camera ready & be prepared to pull over at various turnouts. You might even get lucky & see mule deer or bighorn sheep. Just try to keep your eyes on the road since there are switchbacks &... More

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
38 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We drove in to the visitors centre along this road. There are lovely views along the way so stop to take photos. The traffic was slow through the tunnel so we managed to snap photos through the windows. The hairpin bends after you leave the tunnel give you a glimpse down into the canyon and up to where you have... More

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Wading River, New York
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208 reviews 208 reviews
85 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

There's a lot of switchbacks and hairpin turns, but the views are beautiful. It goes through the park, so if you're just passing through, you still have to pay the $25 (good for 7 days) fee to the National Park Service.

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