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Glacier Point Tours

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Glacier Point
Yosemite National Park’s Glacier Point affords an incomparable bird’s-eye view over Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls, all with very little physical effort involved. The small Geology Hut, to the side of the paved trail leading to the main overlook, shows how the valley has changed over the course of the last 10 million years.

The Basics
As one of the most spectacular (and easily accessible) scenic overlooks in Yosemite, Glacier Point almost always features on guided tours of the park. Single- and multi-day tours depart from California cities including San Francisco and Los Angeles. Many tours offer visitors the option to hike down 4-Mile Trail from the overlook to Southside Drive—a much easier alternative than the ambitious hike up.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Glacier Point is a must-see for photographers and first-time visitors to Yosemite.
  • Don’t forget your camera—views from the top are stunning.
  • Wear sturdy shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces, especially if you plan to hike up or down 4-Mile Trail.
  • Glacier Point is accessible to wheelchair users via a paved path from the nearby parking area.

How to Get There
While it’s possible to hike to Glacier Point from the Yosemite Valley floor, it involves a strenuous 3,200-foot (975-meter) ascent. It’s much easier to drive or take a bus from the Yosemite Valley Lodge (formerly the Yosemite Lodge). During winter, a 10.5-mile (17-kilometer) cross-country skiing trail leads to the overlook.

When to Get There
Glacier Point is open throughout the year, though it’s accessible by road or trail only from late May through October or November. During the rest of the year, you have to ski to get there.

Stargazing at Glacier Point
With no city lights within miles, Yosemite National Park enjoys dark skies perfect for astronomical observation. During the summer months (June to August), amateur astronomers gather at the Glacier Point Amphitheater on Saturday nights for star parties. Bring along a star chart and join in the stargazing fun.
Address: Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, CA, USA
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12 Tours and Activities to Experience Glacier Point

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Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup

Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup

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Get acquainted with the landmarks and highlights of Yosemite National Park during this 9-hour day tour from Fresno or Oakhurst. Travel into the Yosemite Valley through the Southgate, then spend the day viewing and photographing some of the valley's best features such as Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite’s high country.  Hike down the 4-Mile Trail (during the spring to fall) or choose to remain on the bus. Lunch will be provided and can be eaten along the trail. National Park entrance fees included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.12
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Semi Private Yosemite Tour with Ahwahnee Lunch - with Hotel Pickup !

Semi Private Yosemite Tour with Ahwahnee Lunch - with Hotel Pickup !

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Skip the impersonal, large-group bus tours on this full-day trip to Yosemite National Park, with lunch and round-trip transport included. In addition to navigating the park’s vast size for you, your guide provides stories and facts often unheard by visitors. Options for the day’s itinerary include a short hike, sweeping views of El Capitan, and a drive along the Merced River.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$231.67
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Jeep 4 X 4 Yosemite Park Tour with Hotel Pickup

Jeep 4 X 4 Yosemite Park Tour with Hotel Pickup

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Convertible 2020 Jeep 4 X 4 Tour of Yosemite - Full-day. Snow or Dirt this gentle monster knows we need to get there. There is a time in life you want to indulge in luxury, instead of riding in a crowded bus with others you need to go on a private tour without breaking the bank. Jeep has capacity for up to 4 guests for one price. In good weather we can remove 2 front sun roofs before we arrive and if you want to go full convertible that option is also available and requires us to remove the complete top before we arrive.To celebrate Birthday or Anniversary, Engagement or Proposal, Celebrate success or just enjoy a trip with family and kids. We can make this trip special for you. Private Tour so you can decide the schedule whatever is convenient to you and we can customize the tour for your needs. Just let us know what interests you.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Best of Yosemite Tour: Giant Sequoias & Glacier Point

Best of Yosemite Tour: Giant Sequoias & Glacier Point

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Scattered across sprawling and mountainous Yosemite National Park, lie spectacular views and sky-high trees. Join us on this small-group tour of Yosemite's most photographed landmarks, many of which most park visitors never even see. Within our small-groups you'll be accompanied by an expert driver & guide to witness waterfalls, hike between towering Giant Sequoias, enjoy a beach-side box lunch and photograph the famous viewpoints of Tunnel View and Glacier Point. Leave your car outside the park while you sit back, relax and leave the winding mountain driving to us. Don't forget your camera! This tour is a photographer's paradise.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.00
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4 Day Yosemite Backpacking - Glacier Point to Half Dome

4 Day Yosemite Backpacking - Glacier Point to Half Dome

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Looking for an incredible Half Dome backpacking trip? This trip will make the experience unforgettable! Begin the adventure at Glacier Point (Yosemite’s number one attraction) with panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada high country. Quickly lose the crowds by descending into the Illilouette Valley and setting up camp along the creek. On Day three hike around the base of Mt. Starr King to Little Yosemite Valley, passing by the precipice of Nevada Fall along the way. If we are unable to summit Half Dome this afternoon for a sunset; we will take in the sunrise the next morning. Return to Yosemite Valley along the famous Mist Trail soaking in both Nevada and Vernal Falls. This is one of our most popular Yosemite backpacking trips for good reason! Cancellations are governed by our standard cancellation policy. See our website for details.
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  • 4 days
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Half Dome Guided Backpacking Tour - Yosemite National Park

Half Dome Guided Backpacking Tour - Yosemite National Park

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Going on a Discovery Treks Half Dome backpacking & camping guided hiking trip is a once in a life time experience. For three days we’ll guide you on a hike to the famous and most popular location within Yosemite National Park - Half Dome. We will begin the hike in Yosemite Valley before backpacking into the backcountry to our first few nights of camping on our way to Half Dome. The difficulty of this hike increases significantly with your day hike up Half Dome before we return to Yosemite Valley on the final day. *Route Variation - Our specific hiking route and campsites on each departure are dependent upon permit availability. Difficulty of the hike will also vary based on the route change. Additionally, the ascent up Half Dome is very challenging and is weather permitting. Hiking Half Dome is a very popular tour option in Yosemite, tours are subject to permit availability, please book 6+ months in advance, if possible, to allow for best shot at acquiring a permit.
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  • 4 days
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Hummer 4 X 4 Tour of Yosemite - with Hotel Pickup !

Hummer 4 X 4 Tour of Yosemite - with Hotel Pickup !

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Explore Yosemite National Park on a private tour in a 4X4 Hummer. Create your own itinerary with options to get out and hike, or stay in the Hummer for a scenic ride. Stop for a picnic lunch, and learn how John Muir convinced President Roosevelt to create the park during a 3-night camping trip. End the tour with a visit to The Pioneer Village History Center. This tour is ideal for visitors looking for an exclusive experience away from crowds.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$978.77
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Full-Day Private Yosemite Scenic Sightseeing SUV Tour Including Hotel Pickup

Full-Day Private Yosemite Scenic Sightseeing SUV Tour Including Hotel Pickup

Enjoy Yosemite at your pace. Indulge in luxury instead of riding in a crowded bus without breaking the bank. Your SUV has capacity for up to 4 guests at one set price. This is a great way to celebrate special occasions or simply to enjoy a trip with family and kids. This tour allows you to customize your schedule and to visit the attractions that best suit your needs and interests.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$895.00
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Full Day Private Yosemite Scenic Sightseeing Van Tour - with Hotel Pickup !

Full Day Private Yosemite Scenic Sightseeing Van Tour - with Hotel Pickup !

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Private Yosemite Tour at your pace. If you have more than 4 guests in your group you can use this option for up to 9 guests in a comfortable Van. All at one price. Your family and friends can enjoy a private tour instead of being, think of a sheep blindly following the flock no matter where they go just ...in a larger group in a bus with other strangers. Our local guides can make this trip special for you. Private Tour so you can decide the schedule whatever is convenient to you and we can customize the tour for your needs. Just let us know what your interests are we do the rest.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias - One Way (SF to Yosemite or v.v.)

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias - One Way (SF to Yosemite or v.v.)

If you are needing a more flexible itinerary to experience the wild, natural beauty of Yosemite National Park this is the tour for you. This is the only Yosemite Valley tour from San Francisco where you can select your departure day and return day as separate segments. Enjoy plenty of free time to hike, bike and explore at your own pace. Guaranteed departures 365 days a year. Arrange your hotel separately, accommodations are NOT included in the tour.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.00
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1 day Yosemite and Giant Sequoia Tour from Groveland

1 day Yosemite and Giant Sequoia Tour from Groveland

This experience to the towering granite cliffs and gushing waterfalls of Yosemite National Park and its Giant Sequoias takes off 365 days a year. This is the only 1-day Yosemite Valley tour from San Francisco where you will experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, the largest living things on the Earth. Your heart will race as you enter Yosemite Valley for 5 glorious hours to enjoy Lower Yosemite, Nevada and Bridalveil falls, then take some moments at El Capitan, Half Dome and other iconic monuments.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.00
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Yosemite Classic Camping Trips

Yosemite Classic Camping Trips

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Our Classic Camping/Hiking Adventure is a traditional way of visiting Yosemite without the “roughing-it” experience of a backpacking trip. We will shuttle out daily from our campsite, with daypacks and lunch in hand, to our selected hiking destinations. As the #1 guide service in Yosemite, our tours highlight a variety of iconic and popular features throughout the park as well as some of the lesser known gems. We will hike to the top of giant waterfalls, along glacially polished granite, through alpine meadows full of wildflowers, and past giant sequoia trees. We will stand atop granite domes and reach the top of a major summit. Along the way, your professional and knowledgeable guide will share the history of Yosemite as well as information about the geology, natural history, plants, and animals of the area.
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  • 5 days
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$1,834.62
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