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Where to Find the Best Photo Ops in Yosemite

Where to Find the Best Photo Ops in Yosemite

Yosemite’s natural beauty is so striking that it led photographer Ansel Adams to base his life’s work here in the 1920s. Today, you can get some stellar nature shots of your own. Here are the most Instagram-worthy spots in Yosemite National Park.

Tunnel View Called the most photographed spot in the country, Tunnel View is definitely the most popular photo op stop in the park (as evidenced by the number of cars perpetually parked here). With pine trees and the wide open sky perfectly framing the shot, Tunnel View offers the coup de grace of Yosemite icons with El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall just waiting to be captured.

Glacier Point For one of the best views of Yosemite Valley and several of its show-stopping waterfalls, Glacier Point is a must visit for photos. Half Dome’s curved aspect features prominently in the foreground while Vernal and Nevada Falls are just a short walk down the Panorama Trail. Only open from spring through fall, Glacier Point is worth scheduling your trip around.

Valley View If you're heading to Mariposa Grove (remember to get a shot of yourself standing in the California Tunnel Tree), be sure to stop off at the Valley View lookout. You'll be able to capture the winding beauty of the Merced River flanked by El Capitan on the left and the Cathedral Rocks and Spires—it's a view you can't get from Tunnel View. You'll find Valley View along on-way Northside Drive before the Pohono Bridge.

Cook's Meadow An easy 30 minute walk from Shuttle Stop #6 (Lower Yosemite Fall), Cook's Meadow in Yosemite Valley offers spectacular sunset views of Half Dome, Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks and the Yosemite Falls area. On the edge of Cook's Meadow is Stoneman Bridge, a popular spot for capturing Half Dome over the Merced River.

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6 Tours and Activities | All Yosemite National Park Tours

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Small-Group Day Trip to Yosemite from Lake Tahoe

Small-Group Day Trip to Yosemite from Lake Tahoe

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Explore the scenic highlights of Yosemite National Park on a full-day, small-group guided trip from Lake Tahoe with a lunchtime picnic beside Cascade Falls. Capture unforgettable images of the park’s soaring rock walls and craggy peaks then enjoy an invigorating hike to Yosemite Falls or Bridalveil Falls, where high-mountain rivers tumble from sheer granite cliffs. Spot rock climbers scaling the face of El Capitan, watch for deer in alpine meadows, and take in the timeless beauty of California’s High Sierra mountains.
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  • 14 hours
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Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite

Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite

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Walk to soaring cliffs and alpine meadows on a private, guided hiking tour of Yosemite National Park. Tailor this 5- or 6-hour trip to your interests and ability, then find your perfect trail into the wilderness. Learn about the history and ecology of the High Sierra as you walk alongside your guide, and find uncrowded paths in the heart of the park. Enjoy a backcountry picnic and discover stunning views of the Yosemite Valley or High Country, or challenge yourself to take on a longer hike with more elevation gain.
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$250.00
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Yosemite Valley Hiking Tour

Yosemite Valley Hiking Tour

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Spend the day immersed in nature on a full-day hiking tour of Yosemite National Park. See the dramatic slopes of Half Dome and North Dome, experience the force of Yosemite Falls, and hike a variety trails to see Mirror Lake, and Spider Caves. Opt for a tour of an old Pioneer village and cemetery if you want. Guides carry water purification and first aid equipment and all profits form this tour support Yosemite youth summer camp programs.
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  • 8 hours
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$234.00
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Guided Half Dome Hike

Guided Half Dome Hike

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Earn panoramic views of Yosemite Valley from Half Dome’s summit on a full-day guided hike up the National Park’s most iconic landmark. This strenuous trip is a rite of passage for hikers from around the world, a physical and mental challenge with breathtaking rewards. Walk alongside your guide as you trace the legendary rock path and cable route, learn the natural and geologic history of the Sierra Mountains and finish the epic adventure with sore muscles, stunning photos and a lifetime place in the Half Dome Summit Club.  IMPORTANT: Hikers must obtain a permit to hike Half Dome. The supplier may have a permit depending on time of departure. To apply for a permit yourself, the Half Dome Permit Application Process is from March 1–31, and done through recreation.gov.
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  • 12 hours
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$275.00
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Experience Yosemite: Beginner or Advanced Photography Lesson

Experience Yosemite: Beginner or Advanced Photography Lesson

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Capture unforgettable images of Yosemite National Park with a 4-hour photography lesson for beginners or advanced photographers. Bring your camera and learn new techniques from an expert instructor, and watch the afternoon light transform the soaring cliffs, alpine rivers and high meadows of this remarkable landscape. Set up at a series of shooting locations that include iconic views and lesser-known sites as you follow in the footsteps of Ansel Adams, Carlton Watkins and Edward Weston in California’s most iconic national park.
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  • 4 hours
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$575.00
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Private Tour: Yosemite Hike with Naturalist Guide

Private Tour: Yosemite Hike with Naturalist Guide

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Discover Yosemite National Park on a private, 5-hour tour with a naturalist guide, and customize your day to your fitness level and interests. Walk through meadows that explode into a profusion of wildflowers, and spot the monkey flowers, lupine and Indian paintbrush that ignite the High Sierra. Birdwatchers can hunt for the park’s 265 bird species at a series of diverse habitats, listen for the calls of vireos and tanagers, and watch for the sharp-shinned hawks and peregrine falcons that soar high above the Yosemite Valley.
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  • 5 hours
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