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Address: Yosemite National Park, CA

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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We entered the park from this end off of I395. We drove in with amazing rock formations just blasting up all around you. Plan on stopping plenty.

Reviewed 8 February 2017
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

We entered the park from this end off of I395. We drove in with amazing rock formations just blasting up all around you. Plan on stopping plenty.

Thank KeithMack
Santa Cruz, California
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

We came here in October and it was already snowing and FREEZING cold. However, that being said, it's a beautiful - though somewhat scary - drive. Keep your eyes on the road ( yep we saw where cars had driven off the mountain!! and if you have an older car, it may be hard on the engine. We saw several... More 

4 Thank Libi K
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

We came in to Yosemite from the East side and we started our journey with Tioga Pass. At first it was quite hard on our car because we were only going higher and higher, but even then the mountain view was amazing. After getting to more flat surface we started passing lakes, nice viewpoints, fields, forests and mountains. You can... More 

2 Thank Anastasia E
Jackson, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

My wife and I drove through Tioga Pass when heading to Yosemite from Reno. The drive was beautiful. The mountains were huge. It was cold the morning we drove through. Only 17 deg F. It didn't bother us at all. A great ride through some beautiful scenery. There are plenty of place to stop and check out the scenery.

3 Thank Heyguy74
Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

This road is one of the most scenic roads in California, and the US for that matter. The road goes over the highest pass in California, and passes stark, glaciated granite, glacial canyons, glacial tarns, glacial lakes, so it is highly likely you will see some glacial remnants here. Tuolumne Meadows is a beautiful high alpine meadow that has great... More 

2 Thank PaulBPCA
Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

We drove out of Yosemite towards Mono Lake through this pass. We had no idea what what was ahead but all I can say is that it is the most spectacular drive I have ever done with constantly changing scenery, spectacular views and steep climbs and descents the whole way. Worth it as an experience in itself but make sure... More 

3 Thank Shane H
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

my partner and I visited .wow this place. the scenery is amazing. tuolume meadows is one of the parks greatest wonders. colours in autumn were fantastic. what a place. the drive was amazing. we did this while on our road trip around California.

3 Thank enncle
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

We did this in Mid Nov. Thankfully our visit coincided with a weak of warm weather and perfect sunshine, so the Pass was open. We started off in Yosemite and drove all the way to other end (Mono Lake) and back again immediately. Took us 2.5 hrs on the way to get to to other side...and that's by hurrying up... More 

4 Thank Arun Kumar T
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

We were driving over the mountains in late October, when it started to rain and high in the mountain it turned into snow. The drive was very interesting. We have never been in so high altitude before. The nature was very nice. We met ranger cars and cars with snow plows and later on got to know that we were... More 

1 Thank Kleopetra
Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

The pass was open so I took the drive for the 1st time and glad I did. You drive to about 9,700 ft and the views are spectacular. Many pullouts, you also see the backside of Half Dome at one point. I started my journey from Lee Vining, it took about 1.5 hours and ended up close to Yosemite National... More 

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