Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park
Take in the majesty of Yosemite from Glacier Point, a viewing area 980 m (3,214 ft) above the bottom of the valley. From here you can admire and photograph Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, and Clouds Rest. Depending on the time of year, the spot is accessible by car, bus, foot, or skis. From the parking lot, you must walk along a short, paved trail to get to the viewpoint. If you are feeling adventurous, set off on a hike from here. Bring along some munchies or purchase some snacks from the visitor center for a meal with a view. Put Glacier Point and other Yosemite National Park attractions into our Yosemite National Park attractions planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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The best overall view of Yosemite Valley. It was a beautiful day which made for great photos from glacier point. The drive is about one hour from the valley floor through winding roads, at times scary... more »
Stop at Washburn point on your way down, right before Glacier. At sunset, I was able to get a parking spot at glacier point no problem. Great views with less people than during the day. This was the o... more »
If you only stop and visit one site in Yosemite, this needs to be the one. I recommend evenings as the sun will be much more cooperative for pictures and views. No picture and no explanation in a review will come close to what you will experience.
An absolutely incredible view point. Be safe while observing the beauty around you. Respect the walls, signage as well as wildlife. Glacier Point is a great place for all visitors. The paths are wheelchair accessible and the park rangers provide activities through each day. You will not be able to see El Capitan from this viewpoint. You will however get incredible views of the North Face of Half Dome, upper and lower Yosemite falls, Nevada falls and Vernal falls as well as the High Sierras. We visited in Mid June and the falls were moving very quickly.
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