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Wawona Scenic Road

52.5 miles: 1 hours, 43 minutes

Wawona Scenic Road (SR 41) winds through ever-thickening pine and oak forests with the odd grove of giant sequoias along the way as it heads into Yosemite National Park. This scenic byway saves its most beautiful scenery for last, delivering travelers into Yosemite Valley, the national park’s stunning centerpiece.


Entering Yosemite National Park from the south, two-lane Wawona Scenic Road winds through dense forest, passing the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. Emerging from a tunnel miles later, the byway dramatically reveals a spectacular view of Yosemite Valley with Bridalveil Fall close at hand and the granite hulks of El Capitan and Half Dome in the distance.


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