What is perhaps the most iconic photography location in all of Yosemite, Tunnel View is composed of El Capitan on the left, Half Dome in the center, Cathedral Rocks (including Bridalveil Falls) on the right, and an expanse of trees below.
While the spot can be crowded, getting to it is super easy with the location being just east of the tunnel on Wawona Road and lots of parking available.
El Capitan Meadow
El Capitan Meadow offers a softer landscape compared to some of the more dramatic locations on this list, but that's not to say it's any less worth it. With the expansive meadow, towering trees dotting the landscape, and El Capitan and Cathedral Peak hanging out in the background, El Capitan Meadow is the perfect photography location for more ethereal shots.
Glacier Point is another extremely popular photography spot, and for good reason. The location rests 3,000 feet above the valley floor, and the viewpoint includes a sweeping vista of Yosemite Valley - including clear shots of Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. As the railing at Glacier Point faces west, come to this spot at sunset; you'll be practically guaranteed colorful, dramatic photos.
However, note that the road to Glacier Point isn’t plowed in winter, so heading there is a warm-weather only activity. Additionally, while there is a bus that will take you there, I recommend driving, as the views getting to Glacier Point are just as beautiful as the summit itself.
Speaking of Glacier Point Road, Sentinel Dome is one stop on this trek that just cannot be missed. Offering shots of all the classic Yosemite landmarks, Sentinel Dome can be accessed by driving along Glacier Point Road for about 14 miles until you come to the dome’s parking area. From there, there is a 1.2-mile hike of moderate difficulty.
Overlooking the majesty of the valley, Taft Point offers an excellent shot of El Capitan across the dip, a landscape of unearthly rock fissures, and a vertigo-inducing 3,500 foot drop into Yosemite Valley below. Be sure to be extra careful approaching the ledges here!
Another location based off Glacier Point Road, you can get to Taft Point by turning off at the Taft Point trailhead, which uses the same parking lot as the trail to Sentinel Dome. Enter the trail, and after around 100 feet when the trail diverges, take the left path to Taft Point. From here, the hike is a little over a mile.