Glacier Point Road
Yosemite National Park,
Highway 41 corridor
NileGuide Expert tip:
Bring long pants, a good jacket and a warm hat. And a headlamp or flashlight.
Summer sunsets at Glacier Point are so nice that dozens of people stick around to watch the light change and the stars come out. Rangers like it, too; they'll stay on duty into the evening, talking with other admirers, presenting an outdoor talk and identifying constellations as they become visible. Some summer nights a cadre of amateur astronomers will set up some really nice telescopes for visitors to view the planets or especially nice deep space objects.
Bring a picnic dinner (mid-summer sunset is 8:30 or later) and some warm clothes; at 7000' it cools off substantially. Save some energy for the winding drive back to where you're staying. The closest place to overnight is Bridalveil Campground, about 7 miles away.