Angelic - Tunnel View Point
Yosemite National Park is in Californiaas Sierra Nevada mountains. Itas famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. In Yosemite Village are shops, restaurants, lodging, the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery, with prints of the photographeras renowned black-and-white landscapes of the area.
This scenic view of El Capitan was taken at the Tunnel View point. It overlooks on State Route 41 in Yosemite National Park. The iconic and expansive view of Yosemite Valley from the view point have been seen and documented by visitors since it opened in 1933. Tunnel View provides one of the most famous views of Yosemite Valley. From here, visitors can see El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall rising during the correct season from Yosemite Valley, with Half Dome in the background. This viewpoint is at the east end of the Wawona Tunnel along the Wawona Road (Highway 41)
Valley View Point - Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Valley is a glacial valley in Yosemite National Park in the western Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California. The valley is about 8 miles (13 km) long and up to a mile deep, surrounded by high granite summits such as Half Dome and El Capitan, and densely forested with pines. The valley is drained by the Merced River and a multitude of streams and waterfalls including Tenaya, Illilouette, Yosemite and Bridalveil Creeks. Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America, and is a big attraction especially in the spring when the water flow is at its peak. The valley is renowned for its natural beauty, and is widely regarded as the centerpiece of Yosemite National Park, attracting visitors from around the world.
The Valley is the main attraction in the park for the majority of visitors, and a bustling hub of activity during tourist season in the summer months. On July 2, 2011 there was a record 20, 851 visitors to the valley.
Most visitors enter the valley from roads to the west and pass through the famous Tunnel View entrance. Visitor facilities are located in the center of the valley. There are both hiking trail loops that stay within the valley and trailheads that lead to higher elevations, all of which afford glimpses of the park's many scenic wonders.
As you leave Yosemite Valley, perhaps for a day trip down to the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias near Wawona or a scenic drive up to Glacier Point or Tioga Pass, be sure to stop off at this roadside lookout. Here youall see a beautiful portrait of the Merced River (something thatas missing from earlier Tunnel View), flanked by massive El Capitan on the left and the skyscraping twin Cathedral Rocks and Spires. Look for this viewpoint along one-way Northside Drive, before the Pohono Bridge
Mirror View of the Three Brothers, Yosemite, ca. 1872, printed ca. 1876
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