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Tioga Pass

Address: Yosemite National Park, CA
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Type: Scenic Drives, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Driving, Hiking
Owner description: Dramatic drive starting at elevation 6,100 feet outside of Yosemite Valley and finishing 47 miles...
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Type: Scenic Drives, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Driving, Hiking
Owner description: Dramatic drive starting at elevation 6,100 feet outside of Yosemite Valley and finishing 47 miles later atop Tioga Pass.
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I truly loved the Tioga Pass. The nature changes a lot, from very green to almost silver mountains. Don't forget to stop at Tenaya lake to have lunch there, very idyllic! Also weird that the temperature dropped with 20 degrees celsius within an hour. Very pretty and not to miss!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Beautiful scenery! If you like driving down very steep Mountain roads I am not a fan however so it was not enjoyable for me. We used this exit from Yosemite heading NE out of the park from our stay in Yosemite Valley. The drive took us over 4 hours due to a landslide in July. View was amazing while we... More 

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San Francisco, California
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260 reviews 260 reviews
79 attraction reviews
399 helpful votes 399 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This is definitely one of more stunning drives in the country reaching pretty high elevations and passing through some alpine streams/ lakes etc. I feel this is a must-do when visiting the park but a lot of visitors stick to the valley and end up missing this experience. We stopped at a few turnout points/ picnic places along the way... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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131 reviews 131 reviews
26 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We drove over Tioga pass en-route to Mariposa and Yosemite. The view is breathtaking! You drive past some lovely lakes and the scenery is fantastic. I'll be doing this drive again!

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St. Stephen, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The drive through the park to get here was amazing and then seeing the sign you're leaving the park is a sad moment but at 9,900 feet and amazing views on the way down - it was well worth the drive through. One of the most spectacular places we have ever travelled to! Drive through the park! You will not... More 

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Swindon
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161 reviews 161 reviews
95 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

When planning and researching our trip to the US the views and scenery seen on this drive was what we both had been imagining, we were not disappointed. This place is awe inspiring with the road winding through forest and plains with mountains as the back drop. The weather was warm and sunny when we drove through and the blue... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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76 reviews 76 reviews
22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The unique scenic drive allows you to look through mountain pine forest, alpine meadows, lakes and creeks. Granite rocks and domes on highest peaks landscape. Beautiful trails all difficult levels. And all of at the level 3000m over sea. The most impressive point is Olmsted, the smooth granite rocks plateau, where you can see Half Dome - the highest peak... More 

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Golden, Colorado
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90 reviews 90 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Even if you are not doing significant hiking here up north, you should take a day to drive the pass to the other entrance and enjoy the day. Food is limited depending on time of year. And if you have time to drive to see Mono Lake, it's worth the trip also. The evening colors of sunset make beautiful photos,... More 

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Freeburg, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is a must see. This is a very high elevation well worth the curvy roads. The park entrance is at 9945 feet, but the elevation rises ever higher. If you get elevation sickness, you probably shouldn't travel this way. I am 56 years old and just got a slight headache.

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Bossier City
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We were lucky enough that the road was still open AND it had snowed a bit the weekend before. WOW! Such breath taking views.

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