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Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway

Zion National Park, UT
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: This scenic highway offers interesting curves and tunnels.
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: This scenic highway offers interesting curves and tunnels.
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Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
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110 reviews 110 reviews
48 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

May family and I spent three weeks driving from PA through NM, AZ, as far west as Las Vegas, before heading back. We drove this route to get to Page, AZ for a raft trip. Almost everything we did was researched, planned, and accounted for. I did no research on Utah, and almost ignored this area, except that we'd have... More 

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Darfur, Minnesota
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95 reviews 95 reviews
26 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Excitement, thrill, beauty, switchbacks, the long tunnel with cut outs, nature, animals, rocks, trees, perfect for curious george personalities, thrill of the unknown, enjoyed every moment of the drive.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
41 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We had driven the Zion Canyon drive so thought this would be more of the same. Well, it has many unique and beautiful formations that are worth the drive during daytime. Loved the striped white and red in the mountains, loved the checkerboard patterns, and so on. We went through just as the sun was going down, and there were... More 

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Saluda, SC
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We drove here from Vegas it took us about 21/2 hours and we were so glad we did!! The views were breathtaking!!! What an awesome experience!!!!:)

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Elk Grove, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
86 helpful votes 86 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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113 reviews 113 reviews
51 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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