Yosemite National Park Itinerary for 1 Day
Entering the park via CA-140 will give you some nice scenery along the way as you drive alongside the Merced River. There is an entrance fee for Yosemite which allows entry for up to 7 days.
Perhaps the most photographed scene in Yosemite, this is the iconic view that you cannot miss. You can rent bikes here (Yosemite lodge or Curry Village) and pedal around the valley. There are lots of hiking loops to do and it can get a little busy so check the most up to date info here: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/yv.htm
This is one of the world's tallest waterfalls and it's easy to get to and see. It can be hiked but that takes a full day usually.
It will take approximately 20 minutes to reach Mirror Lake by foot, and it is an easy walk with gorgeous forest views all around.
This is a highly photographed area where you will find the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. It is only about 15-20 min from the valley as well.
This is one of the most breathtaking overlooks. It's just a short walk from the parking lot and will provide a massive panoramic scene that includes several of the famous landmarks. Feel free to hike down to Illilouette Falls which is a moderate hike and is less busy.
On the way back from Glacier Point do a 2-3 mile hike to Taft Point. It offers wide views of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. The main attraction of Taft Point is the giant fissures in the mile-high granite rock.