Yosemite • ARRIVING IN THE VALLEY for sunset
Arriving in Yosemite at any time of year is downright magical... Especially when it's free!
We arrive at Yosemite National Park in late September, after a six hour drive from Los Angeles. It was National Public Lands Day, so the usual $30 admission was waived (from November -March it's $25). After a quick stop at the Wawona Hotel, we proceeded to Tunnel View, to get the sunset. Tunnel view was made popular by Ansel Adams, and again when Apple revealed their Yosemite and El Capitan operating systems.
The travel time from the South Gate of Yosemite to the hotels of the Yosemite Valley is about 1-1.5 hours, depending on who you're driving behind. We've stayed at the Tenaya Lodge, just outside the South Gate. It's a GREAT hotel. But, if you plan on spending time in the valley, you'll find yourself in your car for at least hours a day. So, when possible, we like to stay in the valley.
The Wawona is about 4 miles inside the South Gate. While it's still about an hour from the valley, it is inside the park, and there are nice trails and amenities to make it worth staying there. AND it's the most economical hotel in the park.
On this night, we stayed at the Lodge at Yosemite Falls. I have a video to release talking about the various lodging options, BUT I'm waiting until March 1, 2016 to post it. Due to a dispute with the company that ran the parks accommodations (there was a switchover), the names of many of the hotels are in dispute. Anyway, this night we stayed at the Lodge. But, at the computer's were down, we went to Curry Village for drinks (and pizza) while we waited. I would have shot the pizza, but it was getting too dark.
Unlike many other locations that cater to tourists, I like that you're not gouged by prices in Yosemite National Park. While the accommodations can add up, there are economical food options in many of the valley's eateries.
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Tunnel View Scenic Overlook | Yosemite Valley National Park
Yosemite National Park, California ✰ Yosemite Falls ✰ Tunnel View ✰ Mirror Lake ✰ Glacier Point
Last year we went to the south-west of the United States of America, we visited Yosemite National Park. This National Park is beautiful!
A couple highlights: Yosemite Falls, Tunnel View, Mirror Lake and Glacier Point
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Driving in Yosemite National Park | Trough the tunnel to the famous Tunnel View
Driving our rental car trough Yosemite National Park towards Tunnel View
Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, CA
2013.08.18, Debbie Windsor checking out one of the most famous views of Yosemite Valley; Tunnel View. From here you can see El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall rising from Yosemite Valley, with Half Dome in the background. Visit:
Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Film July, 2017 during the fire near Yosemite.
Passing Yosemite Tunnel to Tunnel View - Yosemite Nation Park California 10/26/2017
Passing Yosemite Tunnel to Tunnel View - Yosemite Nation Park California
Tunnel View - Yosemite National Park, California 2017
Very cool experience to drive though the tunnel and see the Capitan.
Yosemite National Park, California, USA in 4K (Ultra HD)
Views from across Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, and biological diversity (Wikipedia)
Locations in the video: Glacier Point (0:05), Washburn Point (0:31), Bridalveil Fall (0:37), Tunnel View (1:01), El Capitan (1:20), Mariposa Grove (1:45), Tuolumne Meadows (2:37), Tioga Lake (2:47), Lembert Dome (2:53), Tenaya Lake (2:58), Olmsted Point (3:16), Yosemite Falls (3:22), Vernal Fall (4:31), Nevada Fall (4:51), Half Dome (5:05), Mirror Lake (5:52), Sentinel Dome (6:03), Taft Point (6:32),
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Tunnel View | Yosemite National Park
Tunnel View is a scenic viewpoint on State Route 41 in Yosemite National Park. Visitors have seen and documented the iconic and expansive views of Yosemite Valley from the overlook since its opening in 1933. Internationally renowned artists to casual tourists have painted, drawn, and photographed the dramatic scenery from here and nearby vantage points since the 19th century.
The large viewpoint area is located directly east of the Wawona Tunnel portal, as one enters Yosemite Valley from points south. The view looks eastward into Yosemite Valley, and includes surrounding features, such as the southwest face of El Capitan on the left, Half Dome on axis, and Bridalveil Fall on the right.
For many arriving by road, this is the stunning first view, upon suddenly exiting the long and dark tunnel, of Yosemite Valley and its setting. A turn out with parking lot accommodates leaving vehicles behind, to take it all in. The trail head, for the hiking trail up and south to Inspiration Point, is located here.
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On our way to Yosemite National park we pass through the Wawona Tunel, the surprise is absolute at the end of the tunel with this scenic view of Yosemite valley.
Sur le chemin de Yosemite national Park nous avons passé par le tunnel Wawona la surprise est totale à la fin du tunnel avec cette vue incroyable sur le parc
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Yosemite Tunnel View
Driving via Yosemite Tunnel view. It's was really freaking beautiful. Lovely place.
Tunnel View at Yosemite
Driving through the tunnel that leads you to Tunnel View at Yosemite National Park, California
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The view from Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park in California.
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Yosemite – an American story unlike any other. Follow us through the national park from its high country to its waterfalls, its towering sequoia groves to its valley meadows.
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#Visit Tunnel View and stand before a panorama that’s reduced generations of visitors to silence. The Yosemite Valley ring road follows the banks of the Merced River, which shifts in character as it thunders from the valley walls, before gently winding across the valley floor. The ring road is dotted with trailheads that lead to 800 miles of hiking trails.
Drive along Tioga Road, one of the USA’s most scenic highways. Fill your lungs with alpine air at Olmsted Point, refresh yourself by the waters of Tenaya Lake, then spend the day at Tuolumne Meadow, the traditional summer hunting grounds of the Ahwaneechee.
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Yosemite Tunnel View Driving Directions South West Entrance 41 Los Angeles San Francisco Fresno
Yosemite National Park - Driving Directions
Please note that GPS units do not always provide accurate directions to or within Yosemite. Yosemite covers 1,200 square miles and does not have a single address. We do not recommend using GPS units for directions in and around Yosemite. If you do use a GPS unit, just keep in mind that if there's a conflict between what the road sign says and what your GPS unit says, the road sign is correct (and your GPS unit isn't).
Gas is available at Wawona, Crane Flat, and El Portal 24 hours per day with a credit card. Gas is no longer available in Tuolumne Meadows. Gas is not available in Yosemite Valley.
Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are located only in Yosemite Valley: one at the Village Garage, and the other at The Majestic Hotel in Yosemite (formerly The Ahwahnee).
Getting to Yosemite From the South
Los Angeles area
Distance: 313 mi / 504 km
Time: 6 hours
Take I-5 north (or I-405 north to I-5) to Highway 99 north to Highway 41 north (Fresno) into Yosemite National Park.
San Diego area
Distance: 441 mi / 710 km
Time: 8 hours
Take I-5 north to Highway 99 to Highway 41 north (Fresno) into Yosemite National Park.
June through October, conditions permitting
Distance: 400 mi / 642 km
Time: 8 hours
Take US-95 North to Tonopah, then US-95/US-6 west to Highway 120. Go west on Highway 120 into Yosemite National Park (open late May/early June through October, depending on conditions).
November through May
Distance: 495 mi / 797 km
Time: 8-10 hours
Take I-15 south to Barstow; Highway 58 west to Bakersfield; take Highway 99 north to Fresno. In Fresno, take Highway 41 north into Yosemite National Park.
Death Valley National Park
June through October
Distance: 270 mi / 435 km
Time: 5 hours Take Highway 190 west to US 395. Take US 395 north to Lee Vining; take Highway 120 east into Yosemite National Park (open late May/early June through October, depending on conditions).
November through May
Distance: 450 mi / 720 km
Time: 9 hours
Take Highway 190 west to US 395; take US 395 south to its junction with Highway 14. Take Highway 14 south to Mojave. In Mojave, take Highway 58 to Bakersfield. From Bakersfield, head north on Highway 99 to Fresno. In Fresno, take Highway 41 north into Yosemite National Park.
Getting to Yosemite From the West and North
San Francisco/Bay area
Distance: 195 mi / 314 km
Take I-580 east to I-205 east to Highway 120 east (Manteca) or Highway 140 east (Merced) into Yosemite National Park.
Distance: 176 mi / 283 km
Time: 4 hours
Take Highway 99 south to Highway 120 east (Manteca) or Highway 140 east (Merced) into Yosemite National Park.
Reno & Lake Tahoe
Approximately June through October, conditions permitting
Distance: 218 mi / 351 km (Reno)
Time: 5 hours
Take US 395 south to Lee Vining; take Highway 120 west into Yosemite National Park (open late May/June through October, depending on conditions).
Distance: 315 mi / 507 km (Reno)
Time: 8 hours
Take I-80 or I-50 west to Sacramento; take Highway 99 south to Highway 120 east (Manteca) or Highway 140 east (Merced) into Yosemite National Park.
Driving Times Within and Near Yosemite
You can find out which roads are open for the season by visiting the conditions page. For up-to-the minute road conditions, call 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1). Times are approximate, assume good conditions, and no stops.
From Yosemite Valley to:
Wawona Road (continuation of Highway 41):
Glacier Point: a little less than an hour
South Entrance/Mariposa Grove: a little more than an hour
Wawona: a little less than an hour
El Portal Road (continuation of Highway 140):
Arch Rock Entrance: about 25 minutes
El Portal: about 30 minutes
Big Oak Flat & Tioga Roads (continuation of Highway 120 through the park)
Crane Flat: about 30 minutes
Big Oak Flat Entrance/Hodgdon Meadow: about 45 minutes
Hetch Hetchy (via Evergreen and Hetch Hetchy Roads): about one hour and 30 minutes
White Wolf: about an hour
Tuolumne Meadows: about one hour and 30 minutes
Tioga Pass: about one hour and 45 minutes
Lee Vining: about two hours
Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, United States, North America
Yosemite National Park is a United States National Park spanning eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in the central eastern portion of California, United States. The park covers an area of 761,268 acres (3,080.74 km2) and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain. Over 3.7 million people visit Yosemite each year: most spend their time in the seven square miles (18 km2) of Yosemite Valley. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness. Although not the first designated national park, Yosemite was central to the development of the national park idea, largely owing to the work of people like Galen Clark and John Muir. Yosemite is one of the largest and least fragmented habitat blocks in the Sierra Nevada, and the park supports a diversity of plants and animals. The park has an elevation range from 2,127 to 13,114 feet (648 to 3,997 m) and contains five major vegetation zones: chaparral/oak woodland, lower montane forest, upper montane forest, subalpine zone, and alpine. Of California's 7,000 plant species, about 50% occur in the Sierra Nevada and more than 20% within Yosemite. There is suitable habitat or documentation for more than 160 rare plants in the park, with rare local geologic formations and unique soils characterizing the restricted ranges many of these plants occupy. The geology of the Yosemite area is characterized by granitic rocks and remnants of older rock. About 10 million years ago, the Sierra Nevada was uplifted and then tilted to form its relatively gentle western slopes and the more dramatic eastern slopes. The uplift increased the steepness of stream and river beds, resulting in formation of deep, narrow canyons. About 1 million years ago, snow and ice accumulated, forming glaciers at the higher alpine meadows that moved down the river valleys. Ice thickness in Yosemite Valley may have reached 4,000 feet (1,200 m) during the early glacial episode. The downslope movement of the ice masses cut and sculpted the U-shaped valley that attracts so many visitors to its scenic vistas today. In 1855, entrepreneur James Mason Hutchings, artist Thomas Ayres and two others were the first to tour the area. Hutchings and Ayres were responsible for much of the earliest publicity about Yosemite, writing articles and special magazine issues about the Valley. Ayres' style in art was highly detailed with exaggerated angularity. His works and written accounts were distributed nationally, and an art exhibition of his drawings was held in New York City. Hutchings' publicity efforts between 1855 and 1860 led to an increase in tourism to Yosemite. Wawona was an Indian encampment in what is now the southwestern part of the park. Settler Galen Clark discovered the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia in Wawona in 1857. He had simple lodgings built, and roads to the area. In 1879, the Wawona Hotel was built to serve tourists visiting Mariposa Grove. As tourism increased, so did the number of trails and hotels developed by people intending to build on the trade. The Wawona Tree, also known as the Tunnel Tree, was a famous giant sequoia that stood in the Mariposa Grove. It was 227 feet (69 m) tall, and was 90 ft (27 m) in circumference. When a carriage-wide tunnel was cut through the tree in 1881, it became even more popular as a tourist photo attraction. Everything from horse-drawn carriages in the late 19th century, to automobiles in the first part of the 20th century, traveled the road which passed through that tree. The Wawona Tree fell in 1969 under a heavy load of snow. It was estimated to have been 2,300 years old. Yosemite's first concession was established in 1884 when John Degnan and his wife established a bakery and store. In 1916, the National Park Service granted a 20-year concession to the Desmond Park Service Company. It bought out or built hotels, stores, camps, a dairy, a garage, and other park services. Desmond changed its name to the Yosemite National Park Company in December 1917 and was reorganized in 1920. The Curry Company had been started in 1899 by David and Jennie Curry to provide concessions in the park. They also founded Camp Curry, now known as Curry Village.
Perfect SUNRISE SPOTS in YOSEMITE National Park – Tunnel View & Glacier Point!
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After our Hiking-Day, we decided we want to see the Valey from the top and of course we had to see the Sunrise so we combined that in a little sunrise mission. We drove up to the Tunnel-Viewpoint to see the first bits of the Sunrise and after that, we drove up to the Glacier Point. And what can we say... It is so worth waking up early to see the epic sunrise over YOSEMITE!
Travel Vlog 9 | Yosemite National Park, USA
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Tunnel View and Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park
Wonderful views across Yosemite.