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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  • If you get the chance to drive up to Glacier Point make sure you do! We drove our 27ft RV up, it was a little tricky on some corners but if you take your time its fine. The spectacular views are well ...  more »
  • Viewpoint nothing short of enchanting, characterized by a breath. Easily accessible by car, the vantage point is surely one of the most fascinating views of Yosemite National Park.
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  • Wonderful vista point - the addition of the geology exhibits, and clearer signage to the Glacier Point (besides the amphitheater), is great. Quite a drive to get up there but well worth it!  more »
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  • Glacier Point is one of the main attraction in Yosemite National Park. Amazing place for nature lovers. Very beautiful valley. Best place for a day out with family and friends. You can enjoy the gorgeous mountain peaks and waterfalls. You will find large number of visitors, especially on weekends. Yosemite National Park is one of the American national park in the western Sierra Nevada of Central California. This is maintained by the National Park Service.
  • One of the most mega view points in the history of view points. Easy, paved trail to multiple overlooks. Go to the end to see into Yosemite valley. Perfect view of halfdome. There is actually a good amount of small hikes off the paved trails and you can almost always get away from crowds. The earlier you come, the less people there are. I highly recommend watching sunrise here!
  • Glacier Point is one of the highlights of visiting Yosemite National Park. You truly get a bird's-eye view of the entire Valley and all its Glory. Once you enter the park follow the signs to right towards glacier point. It is a bit of a drive all the way up to the glacier point Trailhead. There's plenty of parking but like most activities it's best to go during the week with less traffic so you can find a parking spot more easily. It's a short hike up to the view point where there's plenty of space to sprawl out walk around and enjoy the view. You get views of all the waterfalls Half Dome Valley everything Yosemite has to offer at the highest vantage point. It's hard to believe how tiny these massive landmarks look from above. Drink plenty of water so you can stay hydrated especially during the warmer seasons. There is a beautiful Trail you can begin hiking on which is called the Panorama Trail. I do suggest taking some time to walk this Trail we ended up turning back because we don't have time to complete the trail. To complete the trail you have to make it back down all the way to the valley and that could take 4 hours. If you have the time to do the entire Panorama Trail do! But you're going to have to take a shuttle back up to Glacier Point to get to your vehicle.
  • Incredible view made even better if you take Four Mile Trail up to it. Come prepared though, as the trail is one of the more strenuous in Yosemite despite "only" being 4 miles. For starters, the trail is actually closer to 5 miles, most of which is steeply uphill. If it's a hot day like it was for us, there are several points where you are directly in the sun. Thankfully, a good bit of the trail, especially towards the top, provides plenty of shade (plus a nice little stream near the beginning 3rd of the trail to help cool off). In the end, while the trail certainly earns it's difficulty rating, the views you'll experience throughout your hike are some of the most amazing the park has to offer.
  • Definitely go to Glacier Point if you're in Yosemite park. I mean seriously, don't miss the drive up here. Get an early start to beat any crowds and enjoy the incredible views. We even got to see hang gliders launching from up here. It's one of the best spots in the whole area. Don't miss it.

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