Photograph Yosemite's Tunnel View

Photograph Yosemite's Tunnel View

Yosemite Valley Tunnel View

Activities

Photography

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Added by

Andy Best

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

Tunnel view is a quick drive from the valley. There is parking on both sides of the road, so get be sure to have your camera ready to go.

Tunnel View sets you up for an iconic view of some of the major highlights of the Yosemite valley including Bridal Veil Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome in the distance. To access the viewpoint, from Northside Dr., turn right onto Wawona Rd. You'll continue on Wawona Rd. up until you see you parking areas on both sides of the road and a tunnel right in front of you. Depending on availability, choose either side of the parking area. You can also circle back around and park just prior to either parking lot on the side of the road.

This area can get pretty crowded during the summer months, so get there early so you have time to set up and pick your spot.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $152/night

High Sierra Camps

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

From $219/night

Yosemite Valley Lodge

9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive

From $108/night

Housekeeping Camp

Yosemite Valley, California

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Beautiful View. Excessive Crowds

The standard issue Yosemite view that everybody takes a picture of. Worth stopping to take a peek because it’s a heck of a view, but I wouldn’t stay long because the crowds are absurd. You can hike to Artist Point from here to get away from the crowds so I would recommend that.

Overlooking the Valley

Someone had convinced me that you'd be able to see the lights from Yosemite Valley up here so I was a tiny bit disappointed but overall the view lives up to it's reputation. It was incredible! If you're wanting to see the lights and activity in the Valley, check out Glaciers Point.

Iconic view

This spot is great for that cliche photo that everyone must have, but for good reason, the view is magnificent and if you are seeing it at golden hour its even more stunning. The only real issue is that because of its easy accessibility there are always a lot of people, but if you wait until after sunset then you will only have photographers trying to photograph the night sky, assuming you are trying to do the same.

Activities

Photography

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Added by

Andy Best

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