Yosemite gets tourist-friendly makeover

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. The park has completed a $3 million redesign of the viewing area where tourists emerge from the Wawona tunnel. The spot provides a view of Yosemite Valley's granite icons, with Half Dome in the distance.

Before the redesign, tourists at the Tunnel View Overlook had to navigate an uneven lot with no handicapped access. A five-foot wide sidewalk at the vista's edge forced photographers to stand in the driveway to capture loved ones, creating safety concerns.

Now a 15-foot wide viewing area separates tourists from cars with a low wall of granite. The spot also includes a redesigned and landscaped parking lot and a bronze relief map of Yosemite Valley.

It is expected to be dedicated this Friday by the Secretary of the Interior.

 

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