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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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312 reviews 312 reviews
141 attraction reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The Tioga Pass road is a mountain pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains that allows you to drive directly to Yosemite Valley from the eastern side of the mountains (without taking a huge detour around the mountains). The road to Yosemite Valley starts in Lee Vining, California. The Tioga Pass Road takes about two hours to drive and generally closes... More

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Mass
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457 reviews 457 reviews
394 attraction reviews
556 helpful votes 556 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

I'm not sure why more folks don't get out of the valley and drive this road. It is a little lengthy and you have to drive it twice but it was worth it to us. Olmstead Point is the highlight of the drive, but the meadows and other stops along the way make this a drive worth taking.

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Stromness, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Simply stunning. Views to die for. Lots of photographic stops along the way. Yosemite at it's best. Well worth the drive.

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Cambridgeshire
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Having driven from Death Valley, were dressed in shorts and tee shirts, our first view of the Tioga Pass was freezing rain, not much fun having left 104deg. Fabulous views and well worth the drive

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Madison, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

As someone who absolutely hates driving, I can honestly say that driving through Yosemite is actually fun to do, not only because there are so many beautiful things to see, but the roads are curvy and fun to drive. There are also a lot of great hikes along the Tioga Pass. My boyfriend and I went in November, and were... More

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Epsom, Surrey, England
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76 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Fabulous news, when we learned that Tioga pass (Hwy 120) was opening around 12.00 (noon) that day. That alone saved us about a 400 miles detour There are dozens of beautiful spots to stop, take pictures, look at views, waterfalls, scenes, scapes etc etc etc. Take your time and allow loads more time than we did - my mistake. Really... More

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Hobart, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

I was a little scared driving our 30ft rental RV through Tioga Pass, but it was fantastic. The road is safe and there is plenty of turnouts you can go into so other cars can pass. Plus there is plenty of opportunities to park and takes photos. It was a highlight of our time in Yosemite.

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Miami, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

we were lucky enough to get to drive this before it closed for the winter and it is just stunning. In early november there were frozen lakes and bits of snow by the side of the road which made it even more magical. Massively reduces the journey out of yosemite when going east as well!

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Brisbane, Australia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Drive the Tioga Pass to see the difference. We all enjoyed the drive over to Lee Vining and stopped at some great little stops on the way for photo opportunities.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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275 reviews 275 reviews
99 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I hear we were lucky as the pass can be closed this time of year. It was opened, the weather was perfect and the views were crisp and clear! We were able to take some jaw dropping pictures. There was still Fall color. We were very pleased with the drive. This is the time of year to go. The parking... More

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