My favorite entrance into the Valley makes the grade not just because I usually duck into Yosemite from the south, but also because it's a pleasant drive with nice road characteristics, good scenery and tolerable traffic. (Though on summer weekends it can be a zoo). Outside the park, this road is called, cleverly enough, the Southern Yosemite Highway. And, of course, it gives you access to that most classic of all vista points, Tunnel View. My advice? Make like the masses, pull over here and snap a shot of what's perhaps the most photographed scene on Earth—the Yosemite Valley trench, displaying El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall in all their glory. You won't be sorry.