Top Wow Spots of Yosemite From Cathedral Rocks to El Capitan, these are the views you'll always remember Tuolumne Meadows See Best Yosemite hikes 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. Pinterest El Capitan See Yosemite adventure activities 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 seen here mirrored in snow-lined Merced River. Merced River from Sentinel Bridge See Yosemite waterfalls, rivers, and lakes 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. Cathedral Rocks and Three Brothers from Cook's Meadow See Yosemite in winter 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. Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias See Iconic Yosemite landmarks Hike among more than 500 massive sequoias at Mariposa Grove in Wawana, near Yosemite’s South Entrance. (Note that if you arrive before fall 2017, you'll find the grove closed. Good alternates for sequoia-spotting are the Tuolumne and Merced Groves.) Yosemite Falls from Glacier Point See Yosemite waterfalls, rivers, and lakes Gaze at the two-tier, 2,425-foot falls from Glacier Point for a serenely magnificent scene. Half Dome from Glacier Point See Best Yosemite hikes 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. Ahwahnee Hotel See Yosemite hotels, lodges, and cabins 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. Yosemite Valley See Your best 3 days in Yosemite Quiet hikes and lazy picnics are yours for the taking in Yosemite Valley. Soak in the peaceful splendor that invites you to relax under expansive granite views. Bridalveil Fall from Tunnel View See Your best one day in Yosemite One of the West’s most memorable cascades, Bridalveil Fall can be seen throughout Yosemite Valley. Take in sweeping views of El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall from Tunnel View. Tenaya Lake The lake has swimming, picnicking, and a stunning setting.