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Tioga Pass

Yosemite National Park, CA
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving, Hiking
Traveler Description: Tioga Pass is the only Yosemite entrance on the eastern side of the Park.  Tioga Road / Highway 120 is a beautiful drive, but it helps to be... more »
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Thoiry, France
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69 reviews 69 reviews
49 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The pass itself is not so spectacular, it looks much lie Tuolumne Meadows so if you are driving from the west it is only obvious you are at Tioga Pass because it is the park entrance station from the west. We stopped at the parking lot of the entrance station and did a short hike to a peak above the... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Our trip consisted of half a week in Yosemite and half a week in Lake Tahoe. We used the Tioga Pass Rd (only open in summer) to get to Lake Tahoe, and we are so glad we did. We used a guidebook from Readers Digest to pick out the best stops along the road, and we did a majority of... More

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Bahrain
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

If Yosemite isn't on your bucket list, it bloody well should be. We only had two days there but around every corner is the most stunning, jaw dropping beautiful and awe inspiring nature. You could spend weeks there and still not see it all. Go. Go. Go.

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Orem, UT
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is probably the least advertised area (for us) but wow - I would have loved to know about this before I got there. There seemed to be a ton of things to do, but just didn't know what there was there. Don't miss this area, and plan ahead!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

During this 39-mile drive, you'll experience a variety of vistas - alpine lakes and meadows, canyons, forests even wetlands. We stopped roadside for a picnic. A nice afternoon. Take the time - you'll enjoy it.

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Fremont, California
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363 attraction reviews
689 helpful votes 689 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Tioga Pass has impressive views both driving up to the park, and driving back down towards Mono Lake. We have driven this beautiful pass often as we like to go from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Eastern Sierras due to the amazing beauty there, fishing and vacationing. It is an awesome way to enter into Yosemite National Park.... More

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Stranraer, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

There are very few words that can describe the beauty of this place. The views that you encounter all along this path is breathtaking. The view of the half dome is magnificent. This is a journey that should definitely not be rushed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

1 mile east of the east entrance to Yosemite is a short paved ADA accessible trail marked "Nunatak". Get information at the Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center. I took my Mom on the trail, but there wasn't good signage. About 50 feet into the trail, take a sharp right before the picnic tables and take the very short paved wheelchair loop... More

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Delano, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Best seen after a really good year of snow fall. During drought years, not quite enough water to fill lakes as there was in better years.

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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The Gaylor Lakes hike has beautiful views of the mountains. Just be aware that the trail head is at 10,000 feet elevation and has an immediate 600 foot elevation gain. The lower oxygen levels have significant impact, so give yourself frequent breaks on the climb up, if you are older like me (60).

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