Yosemite Gets New Place to Snap a Photo

Tourists get a new first impression of valley icons

By Lori Preuitt
|  Monday, Apr 22, 2013  |  Updated 9:43 PM PDT
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Ken and Aiwen Nakamoto of Sunnyvale, CA, take a perfect picture at the redesigned Half Dome Overlook.

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The next time you make the trek to Yosemite you will have a new and gorgeous place to take a photo thanks to $800,000 and the Yosemite fund.

A redesigned Half Dome overlook is now open on Big Oak Flat Road.  People used to have to stand in a parking lot for the view, but now have an official spot.

"We now have a place that actually improves upon people’s first impressions of Yosemite Valley," said Mike Tollefson, president of the fund.

For many visitors, the new overlook is the first chance to get a glimpse of the valley’s iconic features of Half Dome framed perfectly between the granite walls of El Capitan and the cliffs of Glacier Point.

Tourists can now find a well-organized parking area.  All they have to do is follow a path to the overlook.

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