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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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the reason to go to yosemite

Tioga pass is a gorgeous drive through the Sierra Nevadas. Every time we come to Northern California we have to drive this. Breathtaking views.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Tioga pass is a gorgeous drive through the Sierra Nevadas. Every time we come to Northern California we have to drive this. Breathtaking views.

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Miramar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Perhaps the most beautiful, although a bit stressful drive ever. The further you go the more beautiful it gets.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Lovely road, especially after the dry Death Valley the day before. We saw a plume of smoke starting nearby that had grown bigger by the last peek we had. Drove much of the downhill bits in lower gear and pulled over into a cutout if we had cars following too closely behind. Advisory said there would be delays due to... More 

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Whiteley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We drove the Tioga Pass up from Yosemite Valley to Lee Vining. The drive is amazing. You want to stop so often to take photos and take in the amazing scenery. Every turn seems to be breathtaking. Stop after leaving Yosemite park to take in the views at the site marking the engineering achievement. Incredible views of the road snaking... More 

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Bornem, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

When travelling east from Yosemite, make sure that you travel the Tioga Pass. Beautiful trip through the mountains.

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Clayton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This is a great scenic drive through the Sierra Nevada and also access to some great hiking and rock climbing in Yosemite's high country. This is also the way to get to Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows. There is only one gas/food stop within the park between Crane Flat and the park exit on the east side so it's important... More 

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Clifton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Now this is day trip not to be missed. Tioga Road takes you up and over the backbone of Yosemite National Park. Amazing vistas abound over its entire length. Take your time on the windy sometimes steep road. Stop often to take in all that nature has wrought!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Spent a few days camping near here and enjoyed the area every day. Great weather (warm days/cool nights) and plenty of opportunity to find solitude.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Taking the Tioga Pass entrance into the Park is a great way to see many of the sights along the way and of course the drive itself is spectacular! Beware of the long traffic line to actually get into the Park (30+ minute delay).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This road goes through the northern part of Yosemite, winding around stunning rocky vistas and clear blue lakes. What a drive!

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