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Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel

Zion National Park, UT
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: A spectacular entry into Zion National Park that consists of a 1.1-mile long tunnel and a highway that slowly winds down from a high plateau.
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

An amazing piece of engineering built in the 1930's the tunnel has been dug straight through the rock, great scenery on both sides of the tunnel.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The tunnel is a little less than 2 miles long and is two lanes. When a wide vehicle enters it reduces to one way, but waits are fairly short. Make sure you do it!,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Great views of navajo sandstone and the red rocks. Interesting stop outside the park at Mt Carmel Junction to visit the Maynard Dixon house.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

What year is it? Oh 2014!! Then why can't the Park Service get their tunnel brought up to legal code! I'm sure it was awesome in the 1930's but the thing is a major Safety Hazzard. AND then they have the gall to put NPS cops on junior stakeout to catch folks who can't fit into the inadequate maneuvering space... More

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Kelowna, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This tunnel seemed to go for miles with the occasional window overlooking the canyon below. An engineering marvel!!!

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Tavares, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I've been fascinated by tunnels since I was a child. Of course I have, I'm from Jersey! This tunnel is something special. Beautiful and natural. The windows are ingenious. Illumination and ventilation both. I enjoyed driving through so much that I had to do it twice. Definitely worth a visit!

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Orlando, FL
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This tunnel is over a mile long. A mile! That beats most of the tunnels that are scattered throughout Italy, Switzerland, etc. There are a few cut-outs in the tunnel that give you quick glimpses of the scenery are you drive by that will help ease anyone with claustrophobia. Be aware that hikers and cyclists aren't allowed in the tunnel.... More

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Syracuse, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

...from an engineering viewpoint and traveling convenience, this could be 5 stars. But, in terms of an attraction it's 2-3 stars. The "window" openings do have some nice views, but there's no stopping. Also when there's buses or Rvs around, traffic is only allowed in one direction.

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vandenberg village, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Hard to imagine how they could built this long tunnel. We were in a coach so only one way traffic was allowed. Several opening during the ride and awesome views.

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Cary, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I had read about this tunnel and specifically the windows before our trip and was looking forward to traveling through it. We approached from the east entrance and had already hiked the Canyon Overlook trail. The view from the windows isn't that great. The windows are fairly small (except for one large one) and you can't stop so the view... More

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