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Made famous by Ansel Adams it is one of the best places in the park to get El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridelveil Fall all in the same iconic shot. Look for it off Highway 41 a short drive by from the Valley Floor. This is a great year-round photography spot and is aruguably most beautiful in winter when snow caps the granite icons and Bridalveil Fall is flowing. You can also sign up for a Valley Floor Tour that will bring you here for a photo op.
Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome
A 45 minute drive off Highway 41 will bring you to Glacier Point, with an iconic view of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and the high country. If you want to stretch your legs – look for the Sentinel Dome trail head off Glacier Point Road for a 2 mile roundtrip hike with similar views and fewer crowds. Alternately you can take the Glacier Point Tour and leave your car in the Valley.
Yosemite Falls and Half Dome
An icon throughout Yosemite, it is hard to miss the majestic Yosemite Falls on your adventures around the park. One of the most popular viewing locations is just after you enter the park along Southside Drive from either State Highways 140, 120, or 41, called Cook’s Meadow. Keep a look out to your left for turnouts that will bring you to a good viewing area. Cook’s Meadow will be very crowded in summer, please respect the park, do not park on any unauthorized areas and stay on paved pathways. If you miss the turnout or can’t find a spot, continue you on and turn left at the junction for Yosemite Valley locations. Just past Stoneman Bridge you will find another parking area and you can explore on foot to find the best views of both Yosemite Falls and Half Dome from this vantage area.
Vernal and Nevada Fall, Liberty Cap
The Mist Trail is one of the most beautiful and rewarding trails in the park, offering up stunning views of Vernal and Nevada Falls, and the lovely Liberty Cap Dome. To get the most out of these views, we recommend taking the John Muir Trail from Happy Isles. You won’t see as much going up, but you’ll encounter a splendid view of Nevada Falls and Liberty Cap which is ideal for photos. Head onward to Nevada and then head down the Mist Trail to capture shots of Vernal Fall all the way down. If you time to be coming down around noon you’ll capture lot’s a rainbows in the swirling mists of Vernal Fall.
Merced and Tuolumne Groves of Giant Sequioas
Among the most massive and oldest living things on the planet, giant sequoias are definitely worth the detour from the valley. There are three notable giant sequoia groves in the park: Mariposa, Merced and Tuolumne. The largest and most renowned is the Mariposa Grove which is home to more than 300 species. However, the Mariposa Grove is currently closed for an exciting restoration project through spring 2017. The second largest is the Tuolumne Grove which is easily accessed just off State Highway 120 on Tioga Pass, just past Crane Flat. The smallest and quietest grove is the Merced Grove. All three groves offer beautiful specimens for photography.
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