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Olmsted Point, Yosemite National Park

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Olmsted Point, located in Yosemite National Park, is a viewing area off of the Tioga Road which offers a view into Tenaya Canyon. This view looks southwest into the valley, giving, in particular, a view of the northern side of Half Dome and a view of Tenaya Lake to the east.The site is named after landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.Destinations from Olmsted PointTenaya Lake (1 Min)Tuolumne Meadows (9 Min)Porcupine Flat Campground Campground (9 Min)Yosemite Creek Campground (22 Min)White Wolf (23 Min)Tamarack Flat Campground (36 Min)Crane Flat Campground (45 Min)Yosemite Valley (1 HR 2 Min)
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  • One of many great places on the way. Just stop and enjoy this great look. Once again
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  • Nobody should drive the Tioga Pass road and fail to stop here; entering the park from Lee Vining, this is where you get your first view of the iconic Half Dome in all its glory. Not quite the 360 degr...  more »
  • Leaving Yosemite Village to Tioga Pass to go to Tahoe you can stop at the lot for this once in a lifetime view, about an hours drive at least from the village  more »
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  • The lot was packed but I was still able to easily find parking. It was a very short and rewarding trail. I was very pleased.
  • Climb the area across from it is very claimable. The peak of it has a breathtaking view in all directions. A must try.
  • One of the most amazing views in one of the most amazing National Parks. Good signage explains what you are seeing and some of the natural history. Nice quick hikes on the glacier carved landscape, fun for kids and adults.
  • Amazing view! There is a small and short trail, following it the scenery is even more stunning!
  • Great view of Yosemite's "skyline"!

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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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