Virtual Guidebook to Yosemite and the Central Sierra Nevada
Wawona Tunnel and Discovery View
Yosemite National Park California


Before construction of the Wawona Tunnel in 1933 the Wawona Road ran high up over a ridge to Inspiration Point. Now motorists approaching Yosemite Valley from the south are suddenly greeted by a classic view of Yosemite Valley as they exit the tunnel. There are two parking lots at the viewpoint, which is variously known as Tunnel View and Discovery View.

The Wawona Tunnel was blasted through solid granite and remains mostly unlined. It is the longest road tunnel in California, 4233 feet (1290 m) long.



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(May 23, 2005)


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Winter in Yosemite Valley, Discovery View at the Wawona Tunnel. This famous view, near the location of the valley's original discovery by non-Native Americans, is popular with photographers all year.

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(May 23, 2005)


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