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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  • Fantastic place, it's very much uphill so make sure you have a full tank of fuel before going up the mountain as there is no fuel up or down. Very beautiful drive with loads of stopping places to take...  more »
  • It's a long drive, but you really don't want to go to Yosemite and fail to see this. There are several viewpoints so you can see a lot of the park. Be sure to take your own food and drink with you. Th...  more »
  • A must see at Yoaemite. Worth the drive. Gives a different perspective. My favourite views. Photos are fantastic.  more »
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  • Beautiful views of the area. Really consider being there at sunrise. The sun will rise over (or just to the side of) Half Dome. The lighting creates a beautiful effect throughout the park as it winds its way across the valley. If you do try to make sunrise, plan ahead. It may be a significant drive, depending upon where you're staying overnight, but it is well worth the effort. From what we saw, not enough people do it. It wasn't crowded, but it really should have had more people. Also: this is a significant elevation change from many areas of the park. Plan for whatever weather is happening at the top. It was much hotter when we visited the first time, cooler the second.
  • It takes a lot longer to drive up here than you think it will... if you're in shape and looking for a more active day I recommend biking it before they open the road to cars, or hike it! Either way the view us well worth it.
  • I remember back in the late nineties when I climbed with my bicycle the glacier point road. Not so steep, but a rather long climb. The road winds up through the Yosemite meadows. Here they are untouched! Your award: a most scenic view over the Yosemite valley. Waterfalls, Half Dome and more. Those days, as I remember was no restroom at all... No snacks, simply just pure nature. I enjoyed it. Hopefully others will follow...
  • Spectacular view, totally worth the 1 hour drive from Yosemite Valley visitor center. The parking is relatively small, but was the people generally go there to take pictures and come back, there is a good rotativity.
  • A long drive up but one of the absolutely best views! Breathtaking (and a bit scary) - you just have to go up here. Parking might be a hassle if you go during the day, so afternoon might be better.

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Where to stay in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park offers something for everyone. Choose from upscale or historic hotels, a well-appointed lodge, motel rooms, rustic cabins, canvas tent cabins, and developed campgrounds. Yosemite Village in the heart of the valley is the most convenient place to stay, but other accommodations line the roads leading to the village. If you can't secure a place inside the park, try the various lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages, and motels on the roads leading in from the west. Staying any further out can cost you valuable time that you could be spending hiking, biking, and sightseeing. To escape from the crowds in the valley, reserve a campsite at Crane Flat or Hodgdon Meadow, which are far enough out to provide solitude but close enough to reach major valley attractions in less than half an hour. Campgrounds along Tioga Road see even fewer crowds. If you plan to visit in summer, you must reserve accommodations (even campsites) well in advance, as Yosemite remains extremely popular with both visitors from afar and those based in California.
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