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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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Tiogo Pass

Driven on Tioga Pass twice and camped in Tuolumne Meadows once........... it helps to realize how large yosemite really is

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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San Juan Capistrano, California
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Nodebais
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We exited the park via tioga pass. The drive was long but amazing. We even made pictures of a baby bear !! Just be prepared for the change in temperature. We went from sun to snow !

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Driven on Tioga Pass twice and camped in Tuolumne Meadows once........... it helps to realize how large yosemite really is

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Lovettsville, Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Only available in "warmer" months when snow is off the high elevations, this route is travelled by few visitors to Yosemite. The views from Olmstead Point alone are worth the drive. Even after route 120 is opened for the season, late spring snow can close the road so do check before you leave with either CalTran or the Park Service.

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Joliet, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We drove Tioga Pass first week of May. It opened early this year. Closed the very next day, when it received 20 inches of snow! The drive is beautiful, the ride, can be scary at times! Plan on stopping at a lot of vistas! We saw an Aussie, pull out and drive on the opposite side of road, please be... More 

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Geyserville, California
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225 reviews 225 reviews
71 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Wow such rock you have never seen. Toga pass leads out of the park to 395 area ( Monmouth and mono lakes) it's not open all year so check that on the website. The is no gas so fill up before you leave tomhead over. It's steep, we did pull our fifth wheel over one time. Brakes got hot so... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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112 reviews 112 reviews
72 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This drive was amazing. Arrived on a rare rainy day which made this drive all the more memorable, mostly because it made the turns even more thrilling as it was hard to see them in the rain and mist. Drive slow on this road and enjoy the views and be mindful of others. Too many are in a rush to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

Amazing, stunning scenery. Not for the faint hearted, sheer drops on very narrow roads with no edging or barriers! But a fantastic experience even silenced the kids a mix of fear and exhilarating sites such as being level with the mouth of waterfalls! Use the lay bys to allow vehicles to pass, you will pay a minimal fee as you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Tioga Pass! 9945ft elevation! Wow. We drove through here on our way to Lake Tahoe from Yosemite and it was breathtaking. Seeing all the snow was such a big change from the sunny roads of Yosemite and the views were fantastic. Amazing how they managed to build a road here! We pulled over at the side and took a lot... More 

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Winter Garden, Florida, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The ride from Yosemite to Angels Camp took 6 hours. It felt like 10. An awesome nerve racking, exciting high altitude magnificient adventure full of hairpin turns on the very edge of what seemed like a 1 lane road 3,000 feet up. This ride is worth 10 tickets. Thank god no one was coming in the other direction. The people... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I had only every visited Yosemite from the west before and stayed around the valley floor. This time the schedule meant a trip on highway 120 through Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Pass going to Mammoth Lakes. What I missed out on! Fantastic scenery all the way down, we marveled at the great views of the mountains both behind us and... More 

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