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Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park
(4.9/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web)
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. With our custom trip planner, Yosemite National Park attractions like Glacier Point can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • It does get crowded, but parking is plentiful. There is a canteen for food and lots of animals about. You can hike around as much as you like...lots of restrooms. And the views....impossible to compar...  more »
  • Better to get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds. Enjoy the peacefully grazing deer, Groundhogs and squirrels. Start with the eastern slope and note the two picturesque waterfall. Then turn North to Glacier Point from where a wonderful view of the Valley opens in 1 km below. Plan to spend from 1.5 to 2:00. On the road to San Francisco, be sure to visit Yosemite Valley and look at the bottom of the mountain. Drink beer will be on in the Iron Door Saloon in Groveland.
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  • I visited Yosemite a few years ago with my wife and we enjoyed our visit but didn't get time to visit Glacier Point. I took a couple of friends up to the park on Thanksgiving weekend and we were very ...  more »
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  • There is a market with deli sandwiches, ice cream and drinks between the parking lot and the vista point. Not a lot of parking available, and the buses fill up quickly (via reservation). Restrooms are available, but might be a bit rough, depending on the crowd. Probably 10-20 degrees cooler here than in the valley. Expect huge crowds during the tourist season. Beautiful views of the valley and its monuments. If set your expectations to the level of a national park and not a vacation resort with full amenities, you will be able to fully appreciate the beauty of the valley.
  • Amazing vistas of the Yosemite granite landscape. I have been to Yosemite valley multiple times and the experience from Glacier point is totally transforming. Must go if its open. Remember: The road is only open during summer season. They have a small cafe, gift shop as well.
  • Great place to visit and admire nature, the views are astounding. Is better to arrive early in the morning since it's very popular and it can take time to find a parking spot, there will be traffic.
  • I've hiked Half Dome multiple times and the views from Glacier Point are outstanding without the need to hike 16 miles. This is a great lookout, especially for those who may be less mobile. What a beautiful place for a sunrise or sunset. Bring your coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy.
  • I originally wanted to hike up to Glacier Point, but I was so sore from my previous days of 10 hour hikes that I decided to just drive up to it. The views from Glacier Point are the most picturesque, especially on a sunny clear day. The road closer to the point was a bit scary at times (sharp turns and curves...I don't know how the buses do it), but the destination is totally worth it. I highly recommend anyone going to Yosemite to go to Glacier Point. There is ample parking, bathrooms, a gift shop, and many many spots for beautiful pictures.