Top wow spots of Yosemite From Cathedral Rocks to El Capitan, these are the views you'll always remember Tuolumne Meadows 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. See Best Yosemite hikes Pinterest El Capitan 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. See Yosemite adventure activities Merced River from Sentinel Bridge 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. See Yosemite waterfalls, rivers, and lakes Cathedral Rocks and Three Brothers from Cook's Meadow 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. See Yosemite in winter Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Hike among more than 500 massive sequoias at Mariposa Grove in Wawana, near Yosemite's South Entrance. See Iconic Yosemite landmarks Yosemite Falls from Glacier Point Gaze at the two-tier, 2,425-foot falls from Glacier Point for a serenely magnificent scene. See Yosemite waterfalls, rivers, and lakes Half Dome from Glacier Point 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. See Best Yosemite hikes Ahwahnee Hotel 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. See Yosemite hotels, lodges, and cabins Yosemite Valley 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. See Your best 3 days in Yosemite Bridalveil Fall from Tunnel View 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. See Your best one day in Yosemite Tenaya Lake The lake has swimming, picnicking, and a stunning setting.