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Tioga Road

Lee Vining, CA
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Lee Vining
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: This road, leading to Yosemite's high country, winds through one of the highest mountain passes in the state.
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Fremont, California
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367 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We have driven over Tioga Pass so many times - usually we love the drive from west to east the most as it means we are going on vacation in the Eastern Sierras. The Eastern Sierras is a great place to go. The drive back over Tioga Pass usually means our vacation is done - although I know for most,... More

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Wayland MA
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116 reviews 116 reviews
42 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This is a very steep road from Yosemite down to Mono Lake. The scenery is spectacular. Tioga Pass is 9900' and the road drops 4000' in about 20 minutes. Of course it is also a steep uphill climb on the return trip!

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Preston, United Kingdom
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51 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The first time we visited the road was still in snow and closed so we were very happy that we had the opportunity to drive it this time. The scenery is fantastic and, even in late June, we were above the snowline. A great drive into Yosemite Valley if you have time.

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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Amazing road! Very high, twisty road. Great views & lots of stop off points for great views, trails etc.

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Valrico, Florida
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166 reviews 166 reviews
121 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Would have given it 5 stars but there is a bit of construction being done at various points that when traffic builds up can be a bit of a let down but other than that we were very pleased with the drive into Yosemite. It provides for a different experience if you are used to coming in from the west... More

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San Diego
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Some beautiful scenery along this road. Meadows, mountains, mature trees. This is the road to Yosemite during non-snow months!

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Calgary, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
18 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Driving through the Tioga pass was beautiful. The Hwy. was nice and wide with good smooth surface and plenty of pullouts for photos or slower vehicles to get out of the way safely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The view insde and outside Yosemite on this road is equally splendid! Tenaya lake is one of my favorite. The beach is very nice to kids and amazingly the water is not very cold, even warmer than the water in the Pacific ocean next to San Fan. In the late season, the tenaya late is quiet and like a mirror... More

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Clayton, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Going through Yosemite National Park and ending at U. S. Highway 395, this road should be traveled at a leisurely pace with frequent stops to take in the views and possibly to take a hike. This is also a favorite area for rock climbers, particularly the Tuolumne Meadows area.

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S. Walpole
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59 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This trip from Yosemite Valley to Lee Vining is one great view after another. I would do this again in a heartbeat. The planning that has gone into this route is truly breath taking. It is one vista after another. You could easily spend a day going from one location to the next collecting memories. We went through during a... More

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