Top wow spots of Yosemite
From Cathedral Rocks to El Capitan, these are the views you'll always remember
Spend the afternoon at a cool 8,600 feet in Tuolumne Meadows, an hour and a half north of Yosemite Valley. The short climb to the top of Pothole Dome provides an ideal vantage point.
El Capitan, a favorite with climbers, is one of Yosemite Valley's many awe-inspiring granite sentinels. More than 3,000 feet above the valley floor, El Capitan is here seen mirrored in snow-lined Merced River.
Catch some cool views on Sentinel Bridge looking over Merced River and taking in majestic Half Dome. Autumn colors frame the river in this scene. If you're planning a visit in summer, lazily catch the views from a rafting trip.
Stroll the Cook's Meadow boardwalk, just west of Yosemite Village, for a view especially spectacular in winter. Looking southwest you'll see Cathedral Rocks (center, wrapped in clouds) and, to the right, Three Brothers.
One of the most recognized views of Yosemite, Half Dome can be seen throughout much of eastern Yosemite Valley. Here, viewed from Glacier Point, Half Dome is surrounded by blue sky.
Built in 1927 in a pristine meadow with panoramic views of Glacier Point, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls, this national historic landmark does justice to its setting. Stop by the concierge desk to inquire about free history tours of the hotel, usually offered at least once a day on weekends.
One of the West's most memorable cascades, Bridalveil Fall can be seen throughout Yosemite Valley. Take in sweeping views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall from Tunnel View.
The lake has swimming, picnicking, and a stunning setting.