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Address: Yosemite National Park, CA
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Activities: Driving, Hiking
Description: Dramatic drive starting at elevation 6,100 feet outside of Yosemite Valley...
Dramatic drive starting at elevation 6,100 feet outside of Yosemite Valley and finishing 47 miles later atop Tioga Pass.
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Coming in from the North

Coming in from Lee Vining, it is a great place to relax and cool off. The temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees cooler than on the Yosemite Valley floor. Road construction will delay... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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Omaha, Nebraska

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I love Glacier Point Rd, Yosemite Valley, and the Mariposa Grove. Having seen the vistas from those areas, the views from Tioga Rd are underwhelming. If you are traveling across the park to get to Mono Lake or points beyond, it's a nice enough ride, particularly the eastern section from the pass to Lee Vining. However, I wouldn't recommend taking... More 

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Sparks, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Hiked the first trail I came to after entering part. Didn't realize I was a stone's throw away from 10,000 ft! Shot out of the car and headed up the steepish trail, and quickly slowed down. Beautiful trail up, every turn was a picture! Headed over apex and was greeted by a pretty alpine lake, and swarming mosquitoes! Make sure... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

Coming in from Lee Vining, it is a great place to relax and cool off. The temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees cooler than on the Yosemite Valley floor. Road construction will delay your trip from the valley, but it is worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We stopped for some cool water and to reflect at the beauty of Tioga Pass! I'll never forget this one!!

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Riverside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Late Spring and Summer road(after the snow has been cleared and before it flies again) with many hiking venues. Popular ones are Yosemite Creek, Olmsted Point, and Tuolumne Meadows(Pacific Crest and John Muir Trails). Tioga Pass is over 9900 feet in elevation.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This gives you a rockier view and much higher altitudes on he back side of the park. We made it to 13,000 feet and had spectacular views. Wonderful and not populated or busy. We took one day to make this trip from Fish Camp area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This is the most wonderful road, hugging Mount Dana and peering out toward the White Mountains. We could not help but stop multiple times for pictures. The effects of rain shadow are so clear from one side to the other. You are, of course, rewarded with a marvelous view of Mono Lake area on the other side.

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australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Not much to say but how awesome the scenery is, there are plenty of photo opportunities. Quite a few spots to pull over and take in the views. There was snow/ice on the sides of the roads even though it was a very hot day when we drove through.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

It was a nice full day to take this road out to Mono Lake and back to the Valley. Fantastic scenery and even saw some bears. Problem was on the way back they were still there and people had stopped IN THE ROAD to see the bears! Traffic came to a screeching halt around a curve and that was the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

A beautiful drive, but there is road construction with one way traffic as you get closer to Yosemite valley. There isn't any way around it and i wouldn't want anyone to miss the views, but expect a few traffic delays.

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Address: Address: Yosemite National Park, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Yosemite National Park

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