Glacier Point and Tunnel View, the most famous views of Yosemite


There are two points in the Yosemite National Park (Glacier Point and Tunnel View) that we must visit if or if. Places of easy access and where we do not have to make any type of hiking route to reach them. It is simply driving, enjoying the scenery and parking next to one of these two fantastic viewpoints.

Glacier Point and Tunnel View, the most famous views of Yosemite

Glacier Point and Tunnel View. The most famous views of Yosemite

So much tunnel view As the glacier point They are two viewpoints of easy access since they are accessed directly by car. However, depending on the time of the year, the Glacier Point cannot be found closed and only accessible by bicycle or on foot. Instead tunnel view, being located on one of the main roads and access point for one of the Yosemite ski resorts, the viewpoint is open all year.

Glacier Point and Tunnel View, the most famous views of Yosemite

Both can be enjoyed in one afternoon and we recommend starting with Tunnel View, about 3 hours before nightfall and from there driving to Glacier Point to watch the sunset. Keep in mind that there is a distance of 24 miles between both points, on a winding road and sometimes with traffic so it is easy to take up to an hour to leave. We must also take into account parking. For example in Tunnel View the parking It is small and it is common to see it full at peak times. Even if the picture is taken relatively quickly, it is possible to wait 10/15 minutes to find a free space.

Tunnel View

Tunnel View is located at the beginning of the Yosemite Valley. Very close to where the circular road begins and in one direction that borders the entire valley. Well signposted is undoubtedly one of the most visited points of Yosemite, especially at sunset.

Tunnel View

From there you can see the majestic Captain, with its 1000 meters of vertical rock suitable exclusively for the best climbers in the world and recently famous for the documentary "Free Solo". In fact the face of the Captain that we can see from here is just the one that was scaled in the documentary.

Glacier Point and Tunel View, the most famous views of Yosemite

Another wonder we can observe is the Half dome in the background, another of the mythical mountains of Yosemite and the Bridalveil waterfall or Bridalveil Fall. To see the Half Dome we recommend that you do the Yosemite Point duraruta, where there are magnificent views.

Glacier point

The viewpoint of Glacier point It is another wonder. Located over 2000 meters high, it means that your access is only open 6 months a year. In fact it usually opens between the second or third week of May so you have to be forecasters and look at their status from the Yosemite National Park website.

Glacier point

The viewpoint is large but the best points are usually crowded with tourists. Logical thing because the place is phenomenal. However if you are looking for calm, the views are similar from the Sentinel Dome and much quieter. In fact the photo of the sunset is taken from this last point. Of course, it is already a hiking trail where you do not reach by car ...

Glacier Point from Sentinel Dome

In addition from Sentinel Dome there are very cool views to more unknown areas of Yosemite but they are also very beautiful. The colors of the dusk on this side of California they are incredible.

Glacier Point and Tunel View, the most famous views of Yosemite

More information on the website of the Yosemite National Park.

Practical data

Before leaving for the United States

  • United States Planet's Guide
  • Airport Transfers
  • Car rental in USA with a 15% discount
  • The best excursions in the United States

When to visit Yosemite National Park?

Since the beginning of May the road to Glacier Point is usually open. Therefore, to make this route it is strictly necessary that the road is open.

The routes from the Yosemite Valley are very hard

The answer is a NO resounding There are for all levels and most are excellently documented so that nobody gets a surprise. If we have to talk about some demanding route, these would be the one that goes up to the Upper Yosemite Fall and from there to Yosemite Point or surroundings.

What does it cost to enter Yosemite

The cost of access to Yosemite National Park is 30$ and is billed per vehicle. This pass is valid for 7 consecutive days.

How to get to Yosemite

The ideal is to arrive by car to travel it to our pleasure. Even so, there is a free internal bus service and some public transport option to arrive from cities like San Francisco. Here for example you can take a bus to Merced withAmtrak and from there another to Yosemite.

Where to sleep?

Be careful with this point because we can take a dislike. Yosemite is the most visited national park in the United States, so staying here can be a headache if we don't book months in advance. In my case, I tried to book a cabin a month and a half in advance and it was impossible, with the tent being the only option, or going to a hotel in Butterfly an hour from the valley, since he was not willing to pay for a room the chilling amount of 300$

Outside of Yosemite you can also sleep in the portal, just 5 minutes from the entrance. Prices are generally high and their occupancy high.

He camping It is the most economical option and without a doubt the one that will best integrate us with the park. To reserve a place just go to theYosemite National Park website. and its cost is usually 26$ by store However there is a camping series that no reservation required and access is only cut once they are filled. These campsites are:

  • Camp 4 : Located at the base of the captain and ideal for climbing. Located in the Yosemite Valley.
  • Bridalveil Creek : closed in winter to be located on the road that goes up to the Glacier Point view.
  • Tamarack Flat / White Wold / Porcupine Flat / Tuolumne Meadows : located on the Tioga road, therefore closed for much of the year.
  • Yosemite view lodge: hotel of great proportions at the gates of Yosemite. Despite its size it is recommended to book.

If we camp for free on a multi-day route, we must take a permit that costs about 5$.

Another option is the cabins, which are really large tents with a multitude of amenities, many of them optional such as TV, heating, ..., etc. for a higher cost than 100$ night.

And of course, there is always the hotel option, mainly in Yosemite Village But the prices are really high.

Guided tours to Yosemite

If we don't have time we can always opt for a guided tour to Yosemite where we will see the main points.

Yosemite excursion

Other fantastic places near San Francisco?

  • Hiking through Pinnacles National Park : route through the national park closest to the city.
  • Muir Woods : the closest redwood forest visited from San Francisco.
  • Whale Watching in Monterrey.
  • Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.
  • Big Basin Redwoods : If Muir woods fell short, this is your place.
  • Lake Tahoe and Mount Tallac
  • Trekking in Yosemite
  • What to see in Yosemite National park

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