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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  • Great place to take some pictures and get a true view of the Valley. We made the mistake of going later in the afternoon and had to be diverted to a holding area until more cars came out from the Glac...  more »
  • Amazing views of Half Dome. So much beauty for this vista viewpoint, I recommend that if you visit here, come earlier in the morning, because it does get crowded!  more »
  • It is a long drive up (approx 1 hour), but the view is worth it. It is the best view of half dome we found anywhere in the park. We had a picnic lunch there even though they don’t have picnic tables. ...  more »
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  • We spent a day in the Valley and then drove up to Glacier Point early the following morning. Try to get there off peak otherwise it gets very busy and it's a surprisingly long drive from the main road. We were there at the end of May and there were still field laying under snow at the very top. The view over the valley was amazing and it really put into perspective where we'd trekked the day before.
  • 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.
  • Parking is NASTY! The Buss is not what is was in the past. The 2 level bus had great views on the way up and down. Yes, the View is worth the trip, but watch out for the air quality. The day we went the smoke blocked most of the view. So, check for clear air and avoid times when the park is full.
  • Beautiful valley view point. Parking lots are there. You can take beautiful photos. This is one of the main attraction point of Yosemite valley.
  • 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.

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