Half Dome View Yosemite National Park

As you drive along Tioga Road from Crane Flat toward the Tuolumne Meadows at Yosemite National Park, there will be a small, unmarked turn out a few hundred feet before you reach Olmsted Point. The turnout only fits a few cars at most and it’s easy to pass. Trees block the view until you are already directly in front of the turnout, but by that time most cars are traveling too fast to make the stop. If you do manage to stop, you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of Half Dome with a pine forest in front:

Half Dome behind forest

Half Dome from Tioga Road at Yosemite National Park

There are so many beautiful views in Yosemite that it’s simply not possible to stop at every one, so most people end up going for the main ones. While you’ll definitely want to stop at Olmsted Point where there is also a spectacular view of Half Dome, it’s worthwhile to try and make this stop. The view of Half Dome with a pine forest in front is one that not many people see or get the chance to take photos of making it one of those unmarked turnouts you want to add to your list.

Tunnel View Yosemite

If you enter Yosemite National Park from the south along California State Route 41, the first grand view of Yosemite Valley that you will see will be at Tunnel View. Tunnel View is located directly east of the Wawona Tunnel as you exit the tunnel and emerge into Yosemite valley. The view is spectacular with the southwest face of El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall all part of the scenery. Definitely worth the stop to get your first peak of the wonders that you are going to have the opportunity to explore closer as you drive down into Yosemite Valley:

Yosemite National Park Tunnel View

Bridalveil Falls from Tunnel View

El Capitan from Tunnel View Yosemite National Park