Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

Must see · Geologic Formation · Nature / 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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  • Enjoyed the views ... vastness was endearingly overwhelming. One could easily spend a half-day just at this attraction.  more »
  • Amazing view of Half Dome! There was a thunderstorm coming through when we were up here and it made it all the more beautiful and exciting (and a little scary since we were up so high!). Several...  more »
  • Easily my favorite spot in Yosemite National Park. Such beautiful views that will be remembered forever. The parking lot is fairly large though can take some time to find a spot. There is a small.....  more »
  • Been to Yosemite a dozen times or so (camping, hiking, etc... ) yet this was my first time to Glacier Point. I so don’t want to say this in fear it may generate even more visitors… but…. This is absolutely the best spot to see Yosemite for your regular visitor. That is, those that don’t plan on hiking dozens of miles and camping out for days. Here you just drive up to this site and be amazed by the view. It’s such a great location, it doesn’t seem like you can take a bad picture. There is a hike from the valley up and from Glacier point back down if you want to hike the miles and altitude but for those that can’t, I can’t think of a better place to see Yosemite, and I’ve driven a few roads in the park, all have very nice views but at Glacier Point, they are amazing. Here you can take pictures you will want to hang up on your wall. Glacier Point does close in the winter and when it snows as you are going up to over 7k elevation, so you can only visit when it’s open, late spring to fall depending on the weather. For anyone who loves nature and like finding those locations with a view, this is absolutely a must for your bucket list. My list was checked but not just checked off as I will be returning at lease one more time. On a clear nice day like when I went this July 15 2019, all you can say is .., wow. Definitely T-Rex approved.
  • Best place to see the dome at sunset! It may takes a while to get there but it's all worth it once you get there... Even I been in Yosemite many times this is by far the best dramatic and sunset with the light lighting up the half dome is breath taking. Unforgettable views and memories. If you are unsure to go or not, just go, you'll be pleased you did it.
  • This place is a MUST in Yosemite. 360 degree view of the park. Getting there is a very easy, like a 20-30 min drive from the main road . Once you get there it is absolutely worth it. Watching the sunset is a must. You have a direct and unobstructed view of the Half Dome as well as various waterfalls in the valley. Glacier point is walking distance from sentinel dome which is the best 360 degree view of the park and is a flat rock at the top. There is a visitor center and park rangers will be will be doing explanations to the public of the most relevant peaks in the park.
  • This is one of my favorite places in the park to come to at night. The stars are insane compared to where I’m from. Watching as the sun goes down and seeing how it highlights Half Dome is pure magical. Even a full moon is spectacular to witness with how it illuminates the vast mountain tops. Personally I’m not much of a fan of this place during peak daylight hours because it’s a tourist trap which is why I strongly recommend coming at night when traffic is low and the stars are bright.
  • This is magnificent! Absolutely the greatest scenery I have ever seen in my life. You can drive up to the close point here. I visited in the early morning in November, so there was not so crowded. I highly recommend this point when you come to Yosemite National Park. You can see whole picture of this fabulous park!

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