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Yosemite National Park Sights

Glacier Point

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Updated 10/22/2013

Fodor's Review

If you lack the time, desire, or stamina to hike more than 3,200 feet up to Glacier Point from the Yosemite Valley floor, you can drive here—or take a bus from the valley—for a bird's-eye view. You are likely to encounter a lot of day-trippers on the short, paved trail that leads from the parking lot to the main overlook. Take a moment to veer off a few yards to the Geology Hut, which succinctly explains and illustrates what the valley looked like 10 million, 3 million,

and 20,000 years ago.

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Glacier Point Rd., 16 mi northeast of Rte. 41, Yosemite National Park, California, 95389, United States



Updated 10/22/2013


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Jul 7, 2006

Another "Don't Miss" View in Yosemite!

The drive to Glacier Point is very interesting. It's not many miles, but masses of interesting things to see and photograph. The parking lot at the Point is a decent size, but in the summer will probably be full, so you may have to cruise around until a space opens up. to avoid that, you can take the tour from the Valley to Glecier Point. There is a snack bar, which is busy, where you can get hot dogs, ready-made sandwiches, water and soft drinks,

and a variety of dried fruit, nuts and assorted trail snacks. You can eat your lunch/snack sitting in the amphitheater looking at the one of the most magnificent views in nature. This is what "awesome" means.Take plenty film/memory/battery power because you'll need it.

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