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  • Glacier Point Road
    Yosemite National Park, California, United States
  • Tours & Tickets

Price & Hours

  • $30 for seven-day park pass per car; $25 per motorcycle
  • 24/7

Details

  • Hiking, Sightseeing Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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    4.0
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Glacier Point is considered one of the best and most comprehensive lookouts in Yosemite. Visitors regularly describe Glacier Point's sweeping, panoramic vistas as "breathtaking," calling it a truly can't-miss spot in the park. From Glacier's vantage point, visitors are treated to panoramic views of Yosemite Valley, as well as landmarks like Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. Unlike many lookout points in Yosemite, Glacier Point is accessible via roadway, allowing drivers to forego a difficult climb. This is particularly fortunate if you're traveling with young children who would otherwise be unable to enjoy a scenic, high-altitude view of the Yosemite Valley.

Because this is such an accessible attraction, as well as one of Yosemite's most popular, recent travelers urge visiting during off-peak hours if you have a car. Otherwise, there's a big chance you won't find parking. If you visit during peak hours, which are between 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from mid-May to September, you may be directed by park rangers to park elsewhere and take a shuttle from Badger Pass to Glacier Point. To avoid the chaos, wake up early, or as some travelers suggest, visit in the evening for an unforgettable sunset. 

If you'd prefer to leave your car behind, you can reach Glacier Point via the Glacier Point Tour. It's important to know that the NPS shuttle does not offer transportation to Glacier Point. The Glacier Point Tour is the only option between Yosemite Yalley and Glacier Point if you aren't driving. The tour bus leaves from Yosemite Lodge and costs $54 round-trip and $27 one-way. Many visitors choose to take the Glacier Point Tour bus to the top of the peak then hike their way back down one of the many trails available. For more information on hiking from Glacier Point, visit Yosemite National Park's website. Glacier Point Road is open from May to October or November (depending on conditions) and during the winter months, it transforms into a popular cross-country ski spot as part of the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area. 

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#3 Glacier Point Glacier Point is considered one of the best and most comprehensive lookouts in Yosemite. Visitors regularly describe Glacier Point's sweeping, panoramic vistas as "breathtaking," calling it a truly can ... Read more » Powerfocusfotografie / Getty Images

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#5 Tuolumne Meadows In the east section of the park you'll find Tuolumne Meadows, known for being one of the Sierra Nevada's largest high-elevation meadows at 8,600 feet. Here, you'll find ... Read more » David H. Carriere / Getty Images

#6 Mist Trail The Mist Trail is one of the park's most popular trails. What makes The Mist Trail so unique is not its sites Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall but how ... Read more » Anna Gorin / Getty Images

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Tunnel View is the most popular lookout spot in Yosemite. From here, you can see top sights such as Half Dome and El Capitan, both of which are located in Yosemite Valley f11photo / Getty Images

Glacier Point's summit offers spectacular views of the Yosemite Valley, particularly Half Dome. Powerfocusfotografie / Getty Images

Half Dome is probably Yosemite's most famous rock formation, towering at more than 8,800 feet above Yosemite Valley. Mark C Stevens / Getty Images

Tuolumne Meadows is known for being one of the Sierra Nevada's highest elevation meadows at 8,600 feet above sea level.  David H. Carriere / Getty Images

Easily one of Yosemite's most popular trails, the Mist Trail takes visitors right up alongside Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall. Anna Gorin / Getty Images

Mariposa Grove is the largest seqouia grove in Yosemite, housing about 500 mature sequoia trees. Scott_Walton / Getty Images

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