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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  • View all the Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and the surrounding waterfalls. Access by car is very easy (closed in winter). The landscapes are stunning. A must for a road trip on the West coast of the USA.
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  • This place symbolizes the grandness of nature. Breathtaking views which are unique to Yosemite National Park. Visit the place early as the place has a very limited parking. You might have to wait for ...  more »
  • Worth the drive or hike for the gorgeous view. Take binoculars. Go early soz you can find a parking space!  more »
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  • Great views during the hike and amazing views at Glacier Point. The hike can be pretty steep, quite a bit of elevation, but the trails are just fine even during winter. I saw people from all ages going up, from young kids to seniors. It's not the easiest hike, but with breaks along the route, it should be accessible to most. There's only about 20 meters during the hike where the path is a bit narrow, but still wide enough for two people.
  • Glacier point is simply amazing. The only ways up here from the valley are to drive, bus or walk. The bus books out weeks in advance so book online long before you come here. It's popular to bus up and walk down (about 4 miles, the hike is fairly straight forward but you need some hiking ability - take food and water). The conditions here are much cooler and drier than the valley below so dress in layers. The views are astounding. Prepare to simply look out over the vastness of the Yosemite valley and Yosemite wilderness. I loved the place. There are drop dunnies (compost toilets for the locals) and a gift store which has limited food and drink as well as the gifts. The people who run the bus and the store and knowledgeable and live locally so talk to them and enjoy their expertise.
  • Beautiful view point all over the valley. It’s a little crowded but not too bad. Some information on the view and what is visible is available. The downside is the lack of toilet, there are only very view of them open and the camping type. Others were closed as they were ‘full’. Would have been nice to have at least clean toilets after the long drive. Another issue is the drive up there, the roads are very narrow and completely unsecured, where the edge of the road leads hundreds of meters down vertically. Cars will drive very close behind you making you drive faster. Wonder how many accidents there are yearly.
  • Awesome place to visit.... Driving to this place is also fun.... If you like to track, there is a 4 mile trail there, quite tough but few points on this way and old Pine trees are natural beauty of this place..... Also stop before the tunnel at tunnel view point that's also one of the most beautiful points at Yosemite National Park......
  • Gorgeous view of Yosemite and very tourist friendly. The lookout point is maybe 1/4 mile from the parking lot and the terrain is flat to mild incline. I Get there early since the parking lot can fill up by 10-11 am. If you can find a bathroom on the way make the pit stop because the public pit toilets on site can get fairly ripe on a busy day.

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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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