6 Beautiful Places in Yosemite National Park

By Evan Thompson


Isn’t everything in Yosemite Beautiful?

Who has the time to actually “explore,” or at very least, plan to explore? It’s finally the weekend and you’ve landed yourself some free time, but haven’t had the time to prep an adventure. Leave it to us.

We’ve highlighted (pun intended) some of our favorite places in Yosemite for you to enjoy.


Glacier Point
Via Glacier Road, you are able to reach this viewpoint 7,214 feet above Curry VIllage, named after this years NBA MVP* (Go Warriors!). This viewpoint gives you arguably the best view of Yosemite National Park, including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, and Clouds Rest. Talk about getting it all done in one go.

*Curry Village (or Camp Curry) is unfortunately not named after the Warriors Steph Curry, but after David Curry in 1989.


Bridalveil Fall
Number two on our list, but number one in our hearts — Bridalveil Fall is one of the most popular waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley. You will be one of the million annual visitors if you decide to view this 617 foot masterpiece. Fun fact: Water is often falling sideways due to wind, which may not actually reach the ground directly below. Because of this, the Ahwahneechee Native Americans called this waterfall “Pohono,” which means “Spirit of the Puffing Wind.” Now you know!


Half Dome
This granite dome at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley is as difficult to hike as it is beautiful. Its crest rises more than 4,737 feet above the valley floor and can actually be ascended in a single day. There is no judgment on our part if you need to stop and take a Bloom Break along the way.


El Capitan
Spanish for The Captain, El Cap was once considered impossible to scale but is now a wildly popular climbing destination. However, we don’t recommend the ascent. We prefer settling down with some friends to enjoy a much simpler activity… a picnic!


Three Brothers
Just East of your new favorite picnic spot El Capitan, you will find the Three Brothers, a spiked rock formation consisting of three peaks. One of which is Eagle Peak, deemed the most beautiful view Yosemite Valley Has to offer by John Muir himself.


Yosemite Falls
Obviously the most popular stop of this National Park, but for good reason. It’s the highest waterfall in the park, dropping a total of 2,425 feet! Pro tip: Late spring is the best viewing time, as the water flow is at its peak. While you can’t beat viewing the falls in person, there is always the option of a live stream! Yosemite in PJ’s?! Sign us up.



Author: Evan Thompson

With a proclivity for risk-taking and an intimate knowledge of San Francisco’s landscape, Evan goes the extra mile, shooting images that capture the mystique and majesty of the Bay Area.

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