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Address: Lee Vining, CA
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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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Seasonal, but Absolutely Beautiful!

The road climbs up the eastern slope of the Sierras and leads into Yosemite National Park and is a must to see, even if you are not going all the way over to Yosemite Valley. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Mesa, Arizona
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Mesa, Arizona
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137 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The road climbs up the eastern slope of the Sierras and leads into Yosemite National Park and is a must to see, even if you are not going all the way over to Yosemite Valley. The canyon views, lakes, and the colors of the trees in October are frankly some of the best in the region. In fact, the road... More 

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San Jose, CA
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

This one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the Eastern Sierra and the most dangerous. So many places to pull over and photograph and so many lakes to enjoy. Each lake has its own charm and accessible to walk around. Kayaking and camping is also available. Don't just drive it, experience it!

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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133 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We travelled through the pass on a wonderful sunny day. It had snowed the week before, which provided a stunning backdrop. It was very busy even in late October so I can not imagine what it would be like in summer...gridlock??? If you are afraid of heights and narrow roads, this is not the place for you!! It is difficult... More 

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Lopez Island
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34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Wonderful drive, just don't save it until too late in the year. We squeaked by on October 31st because they closed the pass today Nov. 1st at 4 pm for the rest of the year with high winds currently and snow on it's way. Great spots to pull off for lake and mountain views. Cheaper to gas up before you... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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308 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 358 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Tioga Road/Pass was closed for about a day in early October, 2015 due to snow. I was concerned I would not be able to enter Yosemite NP via the pass. The next, day, the pass was open (sun was shining and temps were around 70). The road itself is amazing - twists and turns, steep drop-offs and plenty of places... More 

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502 reviews
208 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

My hubs and I couldn't have timed our trip to Yosemite any better! The rain moved in on us that day and the snow that night that closed the pass. The views are out of this word amazing and the drive just as much fun. Plenty of places to pull off and take amazing photos! Check for closures on Yosemite's... More 

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Yemassee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

We have visited every state in the USA and also Canada and I must say that this is one of the best drives for scenery that we have made, it was so good that we did it twice.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

The 12 mile drive up the canyon from 395 to Yosemite is one of the most stunning vistas in the state. The road is steep but in very good shape and 2 lanes with just a few turnouts so be patient and courteous. There are numerous campgrounds, The Tioga Pass Resort and of course Yosemite. Hiking in abundance but remember... More 

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Kaaawa, Hawaii
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

An absolutely fantastic drive from the Eastern Sierra Mountains from US Highway 395, into Yosemite Park... Just make sure that you check to see if the road is OPEN in the Winter due to Snow & Weather... Otherwise AWESOME!!!

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47 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

Great views!!!! Lakes and meadowes!!!!! When you do it it is advisable to either finish with it or start with it but not return the same way since it is a long way ( 2hr at least each direction...) so either begin at lee vining or finish at lee vining

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