Tunnel View
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  • Clint S
    Ellijay, Georgia387 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One view has it all
    A great view all at one spot. Sunrise is a busy time. Heavy traffic periods are a busy time as well. One of the best views one the entire planet. If Yosemite is a park of amazing views, this may be the best one.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Paul Smith Palliser
    Peru358 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go watch the sunrise here.
    I read somewhere here to take some time not taking pictures and just take it all in. This is so true. This viewpoint is amazing. We stopped here three times during our 5 day trip to Yosemite. The best one was arriving at 5 am and watch the sun rise. When we got there we were treated to a clear star filled night sky that later turned to many different colors as the sun rose. Amazing experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
  • Kentwoolgar
    Brighton, United Kingdom264 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mother Nature at her best.
    Read on here that sunrise is the best time to visit. I guess must be contingent on weather conditions. Got there an hour before sunrise until and 1 1/2 hours after and was honestly underwhelmed. I guess time of year and sun position must have an influence also. Went up at sunset and was blown away. The colour change on El Capitan, mesmerising. The dominance of Half Dome, looming in the background. I could have soaked that view in for hours. Get there early, limited parking and serious photographers dominating the area with their tripods.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 9, 2023
  • xalx
    119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Of course it's a must do! The view is worth it and very stunning at any time of the day. Some advice - car park is quite small but most people stop, snap a photo and then kick on so a spot usually frees up every minute or two. During the day it's absolutely packed with people and it's hard to feel the serenity of the moment with people jostling about you. We got up early for sunrise and if you crave the quiet to enjoy this beautiful spot, that's absolutely the way to do it. Although it was very cold! Wasn't empty even at this time though, so don't expect to have it to yourself completely (maybe 10 cars). I suspect for a colourful sky, sunset is the better option but it'll be crowded.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 8, 2024
  • Richard C
    796 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pull over after the tunnel and feel the power of nature
    There's no better overlook on the planet. Take your time, dodge the crowds, and think, "This is awesome." The Tunnel View overlook gives you a vast panorama of of just how powerful nature can whisper to everyone ... maybe even nudge everyone to think, "How immaterial humans are!"
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 5, 2024
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Indiana_Jonesse
San Francisco, CA7,057 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Even for just 15 minutes, stop here. Enjoy the view and take a lot of pictures. It is so beautiful to just view the cascading mountain slopes. And it was so busy, parking lot is almost always full. We took pictures and left.
Written March 7, 2020
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Cape May, NJ45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I don't think I'll ever be able to forget how spectacular this natural wonder is. Not to be missed. It is almost as though one can't tear one's eyes away. I've never seen any photo, even Ansel Adams' (which is magnificent) that have done his justice.
Written May 21, 2021
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,813 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
There is a reason National Geographic chose this site for its cover picture on National Parks, it is the most amazing view in the NPS. The way El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridal Veil Falls are perfectly framed here makes this an amazing, MUST SEE sight. I have been fortunate enough to see it twice and both times it confirms the existence of the Almighty. It is perfect for pictures with people and all by itself. It is a place you simply MUST VISIT if you come to the park. It is truly amazing and incredible, beyond an ability for words to capture. However, to show you what the NPS thinks about the view, Tunnel View is the scene for the best NPS sign I have seen.
Written April 30, 2022
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orestcrete
Heraklion Prefecture, Greece184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
This is the MOST iconic view point of Yosemite Valley and you shouldn’t miss this spot while visiting the Park. Visit the area either early morning or during sunset hours and the view is going to reward you. Don’t be in rush, take some photos and appreciate the view!
Written February 3, 2022
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Kentwoolgar
Brighton, UK264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Read on here that sunrise is the best time to visit. I guess must be contingent on weather conditions. Got there an hour before sunrise until and 1 1/2 hours after and was honestly underwhelmed. I guess time of year and sun position must have an influence also.
Went up at sunset and was blown away. The colour change on El Capitan, mesmerising. The dominance of Half Dome, looming in the background. I could have soaked that view in for hours.
Get there early, limited parking and serious photographers dominating the area with their tripods.
Written November 9, 2023
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wgm51
Albuquerque, NM110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
If you want a great view of the Yosemite Valley but don't have the time or desire to drive all the way to Glacier Point, then at least take the time to drive here. It can be crowded but the parking lot is pretty large and most people don't spend a lot of time here, so parking spots are usually available. We went just before sunset and the golden late afternoon light shining on El Capitan was spectacular.
Written July 6, 2021
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Marcus1-8th
Manteca, CA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Absolutely the best way to enter the park. If you have to come to Yosemite from 120 or 140 then go to the tunnel before seeing the park. And you may want to visit it again before you leave. It will be a different experience each time.
Written July 3, 2021
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Kathrine
Pennsylvania589 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We wanted to see the view coming out of the tunnel - so drove through and turned around. Just magnificent. There are parking lots on both sides of the road so please do stop and get out and admire the beauty. It's well worth it.
Written October 28, 2021
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xalx
Brisbane, Australia119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Of course it's a must do! The view is worth it and very stunning at any time of the day.

Some advice - car park is quite small but most people stop, snap a photo and then kick on so a spot usually frees up every minute or two. During the day it's absolutely packed with people and it's hard to feel the serenity of the moment with people jostling about you. We got up early for sunrise and if you crave the quiet to enjoy this beautiful spot, that's absolutely the way to do it. Although it was very cold! Wasn't empty even at this time though, so don't expect to have it to yourself completely (maybe 10 cars).

I suspect for a colourful sky, sunset is the better option but it'll be crowded.
Written May 8, 2024
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL1,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
As we drove toward Yosemite Valley we came out of the Tunnel and planned to stop at the parking lot to see the view. It gets very busy and it can take a few minutes to find parking. It only took us 3 or 4 minutes because we happened to find someone pulling out. However, it usually takes longer and requires some patience. The view of Yosemite Valley is spectacular and it provides a panorama of Half Dome and El Capitan and the valley. We were able to get some terrific pictures. This is a must stop location on the way into the Valley.
Written June 3, 2023
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