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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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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We drove this route as a couple in September. The road was clear of snow which was great.stunning simply stunning. Take a pack lunch and stop at the lake and enjoy. Enough said

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Dallas, TX
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Tioga Pass and the Tioga Road seem almost ignored compared to the crowds in Yosemite Valley. The drive is incredible if you're looking to get great views of the mountains and find some trails that are off the beaten path and not overrun with families like in the valley.

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Beloit, Wisconsin
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55 reviews 55 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We heard this pass was closed for many months (Oct-May) or so depending on snow so we chose to take this drive over to Mono Lake. I am so Glad that we did! We saw a Bobcat and a Black bear ran accross the road. Please watch your speed, as there are several signs out that state "Speeding kills bears"... More

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Irving, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Beautiful drive - watch out for deer at dusk. Great photo opps along the way. Nice to have pull overs for slower traffic. Be careful of cars parked on the road where trailheads are located; people were often in the road as traffic sped through. Take your time...

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Rescue, Ca.
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56 reviews 56 reviews
46 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We drove this stretch for the first time in an easterly direction and we weren't disappointed. Amazing views and plenty of areas to stop and enjoy. We had to stop for a half hour for tree trimming but otherwise the traffic flowed and wasn't too heavy as we did the trip on a Wednesday. Lovers of geology will embrace this... More

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Yuba City, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Traffic can be an issue. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking. We were lucky we went in the off season.

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Wisbech, Uk
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The views, the inclines, the scenery and the crystal blue skies. It is only the driver who misses out on this wonderful pass across the Sierras.

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Murrieta, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Spectacular, interesting with contrasts of mountains, meadows and lakes. The entrance from the east side of the Sierras out of Lee Vining is spectacular, but remember it's not open after the snow falls. We learned this the hard way!

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South Lake Tahoe
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A great deal of variation in the geology as you drive from highway 395 into the park. Several good pullouts for scenic views.

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Barrie, Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
37 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Being the driver is not nearly as much fun than for passengers as it is very windy with lots of twists and turns. This is a must do for any big driving fans of either cars or motorcycles. There are tons of places to stop, amazing lookouts and bathrooms along the way. If you are coming from the East, this... More

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