The Best Views in the National Parks: Taft Point

Yosemite National Park, CA
taft point

Photo by Aidan Lynn-Klimenko

Yosemite is to views what museums are to fine art. And few places showcase the sun-streaked granite like this aerie, 3,000 feet up. Hike 1.1 miles here from the Taft Point trailhead, which ensures smaller crowds than drive-to Glacier Point. “If aiming for sunset, leave earlier than you think,” says photographer Aidan Lynn-Klimenko. “The drive up from the valley floor is long and winding.” Trailhead 37.712244, -119.586489; on Glacier Point Rd.