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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  • You should definitely see the valley from above. Glacier Point is a prime location for this. Be aware that from Visitor Center in the valley, this is a one-hour trip in the summer with the crowds. You also have to return the same road again. From the parking lot you walk in a 5 minutes to Glacier Point. Glacier Point is praised as number 1 attraction of Yosemite NP. I personally find the hikes like Mist Trail (to Nevada Falls and Half Dome) definitely more impressive. Sentinal Dome and Washburn Point also recommended.
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  • There were amazing views of Yosemite National Park. I loved it!The tour guide provided interesting perspective—historical and geological. We received insights that enhanced the views. Honestly, I was ...  more »
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  • 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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