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Address: Lee Vining, CA
Activities: Driving
Description: This road, leading to Yosemite's high country, winds through one of the...
This road, leading to Yosemite's high country, winds through one of the highest mountain passes in the state.
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That's one of the most spectacular roads on the West Coast

A lot of amazing places on the road! Mountains, lakes, meadows... not so far from the road. I thought that Glacier road is the best... before I saw Tioga :)

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

A lot of amazing places on the road! Mountains, lakes, meadows... not so far from the road. I thought that Glacier road is the best... before I saw Tioga :)

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Just getting to Yosemite's entrance station from Lee Vining is a beautiful drive. There are places to pull over for steep scenic overlooks, one of which covers the engineering marvel that is Tioga Road. Once you're in Yosemite, the views are different -- more forest and lakes, fewer steep dropoffs and mountains. The traffic inside Yosemite was not as bad... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

When we have houseguests from Europe, we brave Yosemite summer crowds to spend two nights in the Valley, then head up Tioga Road past Lake Tenaya and Olmstead point to Tuolomne Meadows and down to Mono Lake. We think this is one of the most beautiful roads in the world.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The road is very steep so make sure you have a good vehicle, with good brakes. The views along this route are spectacular you want to stop every 2 minutes to take in the views. The road required a toll of $30 when you get further into the national park. The height is amazing and your ears can pop at... More 

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Wellington, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My husband and I did this pass on the motorcycle and the views were amazing. Fantastic place for taking pictures. Loved it, definitely a must do if you are in the area. Just make sure the pass is open, weather tends to keep it close at times

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Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Great scenic route. Saw 2 big deer on our way out. Rode through Yosemite to Lee Vining. Gorgeous views along the way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This pass is an amazing place with views and places to pull off the road and really enjoy them. Just check that it is open before you visit.

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Stony Brook, Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Maybe a long ride from Yosemite Valley, but the trip is worth it. Beautiful views, beautiful locations to hike, photograph and just plain enjoy. Different world than the Valley, less tourists, especially on the hikes you can take off the road and much cooler. Go from June to early October to enjoy all the varied adventures along its length from... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We drove Tioga from Yosemite to Lee Vining.to visit Mono Lake. The highway was in great condition with just a few stops for construction projects. We stopped at a Ranger Station to get some information. The were extremely nice and told us about a Tuoluomne Meadows hike. It was a nice easy hike that almost anyone can do since it's... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The drive up the road on a clear day is just amazing. The top of the pass is over 9000 feet and the air, rarified. It's a place with towering mountains on every side. At the top is a beautiful lake surrounded by soaring peaks. Lot of places to camp up top and other lakes to see as well.

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Address: Lee Vining, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lee Vining

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