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Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 based on 3,200+ 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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  • The scenery is breathtaking and it's very easy to access the lookout points.. toilets a bit gross, but that's to be expected of a public pit toilet.. just make sure you can hold your breath long enoug...  read more »
  • After a long day we were unsure if we should visit this vista point however as it was highly rated on tripadvisor we decided to give it a look! It was AMAZING! Breathtaking sights and a lovely way to ...  read more »
  • Greatest experience yet on our tour of the United States. Mind blowing views, so even if the trip is long, it is all worth the money.
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  • 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.
  • Fantastic views. This should definitely be on your short list. It's also open at night for stargazing -- people mostly whispered and kept quiet. There's a gift shop. The lines for the bathrooms can be long. On your way to/from Glacier Point, be sure to stop for the hike to Sentinel Dome for a wonderful 360 degree view.
  • Stunning views! We took a bus from Yosemite Valley floor up to the top of Glacier Point and then did the 4-mile-trail down. Way better than doing roundtrip :P We also came back at midnight for some star photos..a ringtail stole my thermos cap!! Highly recommended.
  • Yosemite is amazing and this is one of the top spots. I will need to re-visit in another season in the future, as August was very crowded and hot. There is a shop at glacier point where you can buy goods and they do have drinks, ice cream, and popsicles which were well utilized on the 90+ degree day that I visited. During the busy season you may have to take a tram from the ski area in glacier pt road, we had to wait about 40 min or so for that.
  • You will never be so mad if you hike to get here. Four and a half miles up and down. When you get done with the miserable hike you find an amazing view. The view however is spoiled by all the fat tourists eating ice cream. After suffering through a hard hike you'd assume some reward of exclusivity or peace but no! There is a road that goes here. Anywhere there is a road the lazy people will come. Save the energy for a real hike like Half Dome or Yosemite Falls. Drive up here and eat ice cream with the fat people.
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