TWTW #14: Highway 120 to Yosemite

30 Sep

California’s most direct and scenic all weather route to Yosemite National Park is itself a wonderful destination with many attractions that are open all year. Highway 120 winds through rolling hills dappled with heritage oaks, past picturesque small towns where Gold Rush history was made, and on into the dramatic high country with commanding views of the majestic Sierra Nevada. Open into Yosemite Valley all year, Highway 120 is the widest and most direct route into the Park from most of California.

Opportunities abound to leave the fast lane and relish the slower pace of bygone era along Highway 120. Hike inspiring wilderness trails, fish crystalline wild trout streams, raft the challenging rapids of the beautiful Tuolumne River, explore charming gold mining towns with colorful pasts.

At the end of the day, settle into inviting accommodations at wilderness campgrounds, modern motels or historic inns, and enjoy pizza, country fare or 4-star cuisine.

Highway 120 is open to Yosemite Valley all year — make sure you have chains in your car or that your four-wheel drive vehicle is equipped with snow tires before venturing too far into the hills. Winter storms — as the Donner Party discovered — can be sudden and have severe consequences.

Above information from here.

I am also currently featuring Yosemite in my photoblog.

TWTW comes every Thursday (Wednesday to me), so if you photos of roads, roadsigns, signage, paths, street, etc to share, join us.


Posted by on September 30, 2009 in Uncategorized


7 responses to “TWTW #14: Highway 120 to Yosemite

  1. luna miranda

    October 1, 2009 at 6:21 am

    what an awesome view!

  2. Tricia

    October 1, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    OH Very very nice shot! Love that winding road!

  3. maryt/theteach

    October 1, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    ewk, beautiful view on the way to Yosemite. I’ve haven’t been there but I have to make it my business to get there. Thanks for the info. I have a TWTW up! 🙂

  4. Stine in Ontario

    October 1, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    The road looks kind of steep.

    Note to self: check brakes before going to Yosemite. 😉

  5. AL

    October 1, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    There are also many highways built along mountain slopes here in our country and they are all amazing like the one in your photo, and I appreciate the technology we have now for it’s construction. Thanks for sharing ewok.

  6. Sandy

    October 1, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks for the information. I didn’t know this, not being from your area. It is pretty, but why can’t I see cars?

  7. Louise

    October 1, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    This is beautiful, incredibly so. But I wonder how frightened I would be to be on that road!


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