For a view that you will never forget, and a must see stop at Yosemite National Park, head up to Glacier Point and look down and across Yosemite Valley for a spectacular view. Glacier Point road is open seasonally usually from May to October or November. in 2012, the road was open spoadically throughout the winter due to the lack of snow. Glacier Point is 3214 feet above Half Dome Village directly below.
Glacier Point is about one hour from the campgrounds on the valley floor. If you are coming in from the south end of the park, You might want to stop here before heading into Yosemite Valley. Expect to stay here and at Washburn Point about 1 1/2 hours. If you want to get the best picture at the point, you may have to wait a bit and do a little waiting in line as that spot (where I took the panorama above) is the only spot to see all the way from Yosemite Falls to the left over to Nevada Fall on the right, while also being able to look directly down to Half Dome Village and Yosemite Valley.
Head up at sunset for the ever changing shadows that play on the granite of the valley and stay until after dark to enjoy a great look at the stars.
There is a nice parking area for cars and RV's as well as restrooms and a gift shop that also has a small eatery.
At the eatery, you can grab hot dogs, which by the way are pretty good dogs. See the images in the slideshow for a look at the menu, which is pretty small. but there are a bunch of small snacks including chips, jerky, sodas, gatorade, etc.
For those wanting a nice hike, get dropped off here and hike back down to Half Dome Village via the Four mile trail. You can also start out here and hit the Panorama Trail which is according to some, is supposed to be the best hike in the park.
Bring a wide angle and telephoto zoom to shoot this spot. And don't forget the polarized filter for the best blue skies.