America's Most Photogenic Places

After several months long road trips across the varied landscape of America, here are a few of the most photogenic places in the nation with a few photography tips to get you photographs worth traveling for!

America's Most Photogenic Places

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One of the most accessible national parks in the country, the Everglades is located just outside of Miami. While many people think the Everglades is a swamp, it is actually a very slow moving river. Here you can see a variety of aquatic birds as well as Florida alligators


Everglades National Park - Gary Arndt (EverythingEverywhere)
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  • Melissa Kohlston
    Melissa Kohlston

    Looks Gorgeous..hope to be fortunate enough one day to see ALL these places!!!

Yosemite is a great place to visit any time of year. However, I find the best time to visit is in the late spring, around early to mid May. At time time you will avoid the crowds of summer, but will still see the waterfalls at their peak. Come October many of the waterfalls are dry until the snow starts to melt again in the spring.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park, California
  • Diana Webb
    Diana Webb

    That would be a great deal for my Bucket List, Thanks!!

  • Daniel Spinner
    Daniel Spinner

    No Problem .

  • Diana Webb
    Diana Webb

    Keep up the good and hapy way of sharing!!

  • Louise Boswell
    Louise Boswell

    I went in Sept 2008 and it was still spectacular but would have loved to see the waterfalls

  • Daniel Spinner
    Daniel Spinner

    Go back .

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In most places, you want to avoid midday for taking photos as the sun is too harsh. In Antelope Canyon however, you want to be there when the sun is at its highest so you can see beams of light streaming down through the slot canyon.

Lower Antelope Canyon

Light beams in Antelope Canyon, Arizona
  • Don Maidment
    Don Maidment

    Went with my wife & another couple in a 5th wheel

  • Katamai Fantaztik
    Katamai Fantaztik

    How heavy is a person to fit in some of those slots?. Mind me ask?. Thank you.

  • Gordon Callahan
    Gordon Callahan

    The photo looks like Upper Antelope Canyon, not Lower. Upper Antelope Canyon is narrower at the top and gets sunbeams shining down to the floor during midday most of the year. Lower Antelope Canyon is narrower at the bottom and is best when the sun does not shine directly into the canyon so it should be avoided midday.

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    Gordon Callahan

    Both are just south of Page, AZ. Upper is on the south side of the road. Lower is on the north side. Your admission fee at Upper includes a ride roughly a mile to the entrance to the canyon. The canyon is relatively short and the bottom is level and easy to navigate.

  • Gordon Callahan
    Gordon Callahan

    The entrance to Lower is near where you pay the admission fee. You walk over and walk down into a crack in the ground. You keep going down as you walk in. There are some ladders and narrow sections. It's about a quarter mile long and is much harder to navigate.

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The Rocky Mountains are the most spectacular mountains in US outside of Alaska. The best place to photograph them is in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The best time of year would be in the fall to capture the full colors of the aspen trees.

Rocky Mountain National Park

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  • Don Maidment
    Don Maidment

    Never been there

  • Daniel Spinner
    Daniel Spinner

    Must go!

  • Susan Bloomer
    Susan Bloomer

    I grew up there--the San Juan mountains in Southwestern Colorado. I regret the day I left. It is so beautiful and cool, refreshing

  • Melissa Kohlston
    Melissa Kohlston

    I REALLY admire your ability to capture such gloriously beautiful Nature, Gary Ardnt, it truly is a gift!!! I LOVE photography, and wish to pursue it in the near future!!!! To be able to capture all the gorgeous scenery this Country has to offer is a blessing!!Thank You for your 'work'!!!

  • Jean Verheyden
    Jean Verheyden

    Yes ,trail ridge road is quite the trip ,went a few times ,from Colo Spr.NOW MY FAVORITE IS THE SANGRE DE CHRISTO MTNS ABOVE CUSTER COUNTY ,THERES ONLY 23 MTNS THERE ,13 ARE OVER 14000 FT ,52 LAKES ON THE EAST SIDE

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Finding flowing lava in the park is very hit or miss. While Kilauea has been erupting for decades, lava isn't always at the surface. Sometimes it goes directly into the ocean and creates a giant steam plume. If you get lucky, you might even get to see a rare lavalfall!

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

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    Don Maidment

    It is woth seeing

  • Akthar Zaidi
    Akthar Zaidi

    Hope see that time.

The most unique part of the park is the western side which faces the Pacific. There you will find the lush mosses that cover the trees. This part of the park is actually a temperate rainforest, one of the few in the world.

Olympic National Park

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    Don Maidment

    A good travel all the way down #1 highway

  • Nancy Long
    Nancy Long

    I used to live on the Kitsap Peninsula across the bay from Olympic Mountains. Beautiful area!! Miss the mountains, not the rain.

There is no city in America quite like New Orleans. Its French history gives it a culture and flavor unlike any other city in the country. The time around Mardi Gras is fantastic time to visit, but you can capture the essence of the city almost any time of year.

City of New Orleans

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    Akthar Zaidi

    Old time city structure like.

A little known national park, this is probably one of the best places to photograph bison and deer from the comfort of your car. Roosevelt also has a large population of wild horses in the park as well.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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  • Aida Torres
    Aida Torres

    Yes it's a beautiful place

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  • Keiko Mizuguchi
    Keiko Mizuguchi

    Never heard of this place! I have got to go here. I love wild horses.

  • Tom Neff
    Tom Neff

    Was there last month giving away niece at her wedding. Beautiful place.

  • James Jamieson
    James Jamieson

    Breathtaking views. The little town of Medura is special

Probably the most beautiful cave in the United States, the stalagmites and stalactites are lit up to enhance their beauty. Unlike most other caves in the National Park System, you are allowed to bring a tripod into Carlsbad Caverns. Make sure you do so, to take the best photos possible in low light.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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    Dorenna Duvall

    Went as a teenager, made quite the impression on me. Beautiful. A different world!

  • Nancy Danback Krazl
    Nancy Danback Krazl

    My favorite spot in the US, it's so beautiful ... loved watching the bats fly out at night.

  • Don Maidment
    Don Maidment

    Hope to go there this year

Chicago has a very different photographic quality than New York. The buildings are large, but spaced farther apart which actually makes them look larger. Keep an eye out for public works of art such as "the Bean" and the "Batcolumn".

Millennium Park Chiropractic

"The Bean" in Millennium Park, Chicago
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    Carole Jones

    I love going into Chicago. Ride the train in from Indiana or Michigan and visited the museums and Millennium park and other areas in town. The train is inexpensive and easy way to get around.

Countless visitors have left their hearts in San Francisco. The hills, cable cars, Fisherman's Wharf and even the Golden Gate Bridge offer excellent photographic opportunities. Just a few minutes over the bridge you can find Muir Woods, which is a redwood forest and the where the United Nations was created.

Golden Gate Bridge

Sunset on the Golden Gate Bridge
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    Judy Osborne

    A place I've always wanted to see.

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    John Markarian

    My wife and I were married in the middle of the bridge...

I think the most photogenic parts of New York isn't the skyline or the buildings, but the small things you can see walking around almost any neighborhood.

New York City

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    Bev Elrod

    Because it tells the intimate inside story of the city.....

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    lena atanacio

    about an hour north of NYC is a great winery called Brotherhood Winery..We loved it in the 1970's and it's still lovely & quaint.Former spelling;s not great this timeof day! sorry

  • Warjna Kaztjmjr
    Warjna Kaztjmjr

    I've been to that winery! I still remember their Maywine, so sweet!

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    Peggy Potts

    What a precious puppy--sure hope the owner is close.

There is nothing on Earth like the giant redwood trees. Photographing them can be difficult as it is hard to get an entire tree in your camera. Try to take photos of the trees, or the base of the tree with something in the image to show a sense of scale. A person, a vehicle or something people can relate to will show just how large the trees are.

Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park, California
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    Don Maidment

    Some beautiful trees a must see

The north woods of Minnesota, along the Canadian border is the home of Voyageurs National Park. The boundary water area is home to some of the best canoeing and fishing in the country. Here one of the best spots in the US to photograph bald eagles and capture lake sunsets.

Voyeger National Park

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    Sahlee Burton

    That sounds beautiful........

The world's oldest national park, Yellowstone is the crown jewel in the US National Park System. Located on top of an ancient volcanic caldera, it has the world's largest concentration of geysers and hot springs. It is also one of the best places in the country to see wildlife such as bison and elk.

Yellowstone National Park (West Entrance)

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    edna terwilliger

    I want to see it

  • Don Maidment
    Don Maidment

    Lots of nice things to see there

  • edna terwilliger
    edna terwilliger

    I guess I will have to take a week to see it all.

  • Don Maidment
    Don Maidment

    Have been there 3 times old Faithful has change since the first time we were there, not on the hr now.

Death Valley is a place of extremes. It is the lowest point in North America and it is also the hottest place on Earth. As you can guess, the middle of summer is probably not the best time to visit. Make sure to bring plenty of extra water with you if you drive through the park. You might also want to avoid the middle of the day, when temperatures are at their highest.

Death Valley National Park

The Hot, Flat Road of Death Valley, California
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    Don Maidment

    Worth seeing especially Scotys Castle best time is in the winter months

Acadia National Park in Maine is the greatest national park in the eastern United States. Located on the shores of the Atlantic, here you can get a feel for life on the east coast and capture one of the nation's first sunrises.

Acadia National Park

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Home to North America's highest peak, Mount McKinley, Denali one of the great national parks. There is an annual lottery which allows the winners to drive private vehicles on roads inside the park. It takes place in September and is probably the best way to explore Denali.

Denali National Park & Preserve

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Most people think this is part of the National Parks System, but it isn't. It is actually a Navajo park. Monument Valley was the backdrop to dozens of western movies. In fact, director John Ford use it so often, there is a place named after him call John Ford point. I highly recommend getting out of parking lot and taking a road tour of the area which has dozens of stunning features.

Monument Valley

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
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    Don Maidment

    Makes for a good trip early fall not so hot

  • Susan Thomas
    Susan Thomas

    This is one of my favorite places to go to. After being married for some time, I finally had a chance to show my husband. We go back as often as we can

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    Don Maidment

    We just loved it there, we took another couple with us in our 5th wheel

Located just south of Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming offers some of the most photogenic mountains in North America. The mountains can be photographed from roadside if you drive along highway 26.

Grand Teton National Park

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On of the wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon should be on everyone's list of places to visit. It is hard to take a bad photo of the Grand Canyon. Most people visit the South Rim of the canyon, but consider visiting the North or East rims as well. For the more adventurous, also consider rafting down the Colorado River or hiking to the canyon floor.

Grand Canyon

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    Katy Perry

    Both rims beyond words...

  • Don Maidment
    Don Maidment

    Trip along the south rim was neat

  • Joseph Lee
    Joseph Lee

    I disagree that the Grand Canyon is photogenic. Pictures never do it justice! The real thing can never be captured accurately in a photo.

  • Katy Perry
    Katy Perry

    Absolutely...And from inside along the Colorado River, just incredible...The Canyon's beyond words...

  • Louise Boswell
    Louise Boswell

    I was awestruck!

The most popular national park in the United States, Great Smoky Mountains National Park attracts over 8,000,000 visitors annually. The park covers parts of Tennessee and North Carolina, so access is quite easy. In addition to the mountains which give the park its name, you can also find history in the park dating back to the Civil War era.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Bryson City, NC

Glacier National Park in Montana lies on the border of Canada and forms half of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta. The primary attraction is the Going-To-The-Sun Highway which crosses the park from East to West. Make sure to stop at Lake MacDonald and the Lake MacDonald lodge, which is one of the great national park lodges.

Glacier National Park

Reflections on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Montana
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    Don Maidment

    Beautiful lake did some scuba diving there

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    wo wo

  • Alana Yeska
    Alana Yeska

    A great place to watch the Grizzlies, Salmon and Bald Eagles all come together in October....whata sight to see.

  • Don Maidment
    Don Maidment

    Yes it is beautiful there I have seen lots of wildlife there also

Isle Royale is the least visited National Park in the lower 48 states. Because it is an island which can only be accessed from northern Minnesota or Michigan, it gets few tourists. However, if you want to see real wilderness, it should be on everyone's list of places to see.

Isle Royale National Park Visitors Center

Rock of Ages Lighthouse in Isle Royale, Michigan
  • Christy Michaelson
    Christy Michaelson

    This is right in my backyard. Beautiful! Great place to see and so is the Keweenaw Penisula. Very rugged both place

This is only a few miles from Antelope Canyon. It is just a small parking lot off the road with little to indicate the amazing site which is down the end of trail. This singular amazing view is pretty much all there is, but it is well worth the extra effort to see it. There is nothing quite like it in country.

Horseshoe Bend Overlook

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  • Imayasil Bravo-Stephenson
    Imayasil Bravo-Stephenson

    Would love to visit some day!

  • Don Maidment
    Don Maidment

    Very high look out stopped there on the way through Monument Valley

  • Beth Shelton
    Beth Shelton

    I have a trip planned to go to this area in October.

  • Don Maidment
    Don Maidment

    You will have to crawl to the edge on hands & knees the edge is undercut

  • J Wilson
    J Wilson

    Have been here the last 2 years .... Amazing ... Will visit again next year!

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