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Glacier Point

Witness a superb panorama of the Yosemite Valley from this viewing point and spot soaring canyons, plunging falls and granite cliffs along the rugged valley skyline.

Enjoy one of Yosemite National Park’s most enthralling views from Glacier Point, an outlook area that presents a sweeping scenic vista. See some of the Yosemite Valley’s most distinctive landmarks from the viewing area and go hiking, bird watching, stargazing or cross-country skiing in the majestic surrounding landscape.

Explore the Glacier Point overlook and try to identify the landmark formations in the valley. Find the distinctive granite outcrops of Half Dome, Clouds Rest and other rugged peaks of Yosemite’s high country, as well as Yosemite Falls, Tenaya Canyon, Little Yosemite Valley, Nevada Fall and Vernal Fall. Wander around the viewing area and use the interpretive signage to learn about this glacially formed landscape. Take photographs of the mesmerizing outlook. You can also walk to nearby Washburn Point to see closer views of Vernal and Nevada falls.

Experience a range of activities from Glacier Point. Take a bus to Glacier Point and hike down to Yosemite Valley via the Four Mile Trail, a magnificent 4.8-mile (7.7-kilometer) hiking trail that winds around the steep rock formations. You can also follow the Panorama Trail from Glacier Point or hike to Sentinel Dome. Spot diverse birdlife or wait for the sun to set to see a magnificent array of constellations.

In winter, cross-country ski the 10.5 miles (16.9 kilometers) one-way from Badger Pass to the viewing area and experience the groomed and tree-lined trails of the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area (YSSA). Camping is permitted in several locations in winter. Make a reservation to use the Ostrander Ski Hut for accommodations.

Join one of the ranger and interpretive programs at Glacier Point to learn about the scenery and experience new insights into the wilderness.

Drive to Glacier Point within 1 hour from Wawona or Yosemite Valley between May and October. You can also pay to ride a tour bus to and from Yosemite Valley. During peak periods, visitors may be required to ride a free shuttle from the YSSA. Check at the park entrance upon arrival.


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Curry Village
Curry Village

Curry Village

9010 Curry Village Dr., Yosemite National Park, CA
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Yosemite Village, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yosemite Mountaineering School and Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Visitor Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    The Ahwahnee
    The Ahwahnee

    The Ahwahnee

    9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a national park, this historic hotel is steps from Ahwahnee Meadow and Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Visitor Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Yosemite Valley Lodge
      Yosemite Valley Lodge

      Yosemite Valley Lodge

      9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Falls. Yosemite Visitor Center is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

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        Yosemite View Lodge

        Yosemite View Lodge

        11136 Highway 140, El Portal, CA
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on a river, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Yosemite Arch Rock Gate Entrance and within 12 mi (20 km) of Yosemite Valley and Tunnel View. Bridalveil Fall and Cathedral Beach are also within 12 mi (20 km).

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          Yosemite West Scenic Wonders Vacation Rentals

          Yosemite West Scenic Wonders Vacation Rentals

          7540 Henness Circle, Yosemite National Park, CA
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in a national park, this cabin is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Sierra National Forest and within 9 mi (15 km) of Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass Ski Area. Tunnel View and Bridalveil Fall are also within 12 mi (20 km).

            Scenic Wonders Blue Sky Lodge 3 Bedrooms
            Scenic Wonders Blue Sky Lodge 3 Bedrooms

            Scenic Wonders Blue Sky Lodge 3 Bedrooms

            7594 Azalea Lane, Yosemite National Park, CA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Yosemite National Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Sierra National Forest. Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass Ski Area are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              Scenic Wonders Yosemite Park Place 3 Bedrooms
              Scenic Wonders Yosemite Park Place 3 Bedrooms

              Scenic Wonders Yosemite Park Place 3 Bedrooms

              7507 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite National Park, CA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Sierra National Forest and within 9 mi (15 km) of Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass Ski Area. Tunnel View and Bridalveil Fall are also within 12 mi (20 km).

                Scenic Wonder Ahwahnichi Lodge 3 Bedroom
                Scenic Wonder Ahwahnichi Lodge 3 Bedroom

                Scenic Wonder Ahwahnichi Lodge 3 Bedroom

                7475 Henness Circle, Yosemite National Park, CA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Yosemite National Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Sierra National Forest. Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass Ski Area are also within 9 mi (15 km).