Top 10 US Locations for Travel Photography and Fun by Sheryl Wright

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America the beautiful is flush with an abundance of amazing travel destinations that provide stunning backdrops for all of your photography pursuits. The challenge comes in narrowing down your options. Here are 10 of the best travel photography spots in the US.

The Sonoran Desert

While most people head toward the coastline or up into the mountains for their travel photography adventures, America’s deserts also offer a host of opportunities. The Sonoran Desert in central Arizona is one of these places. Your shots will include the flowering saguaro cacti plants, the bold mountain peaks, and the chance to capture a monsoon lightning storm in action.

Zion National Park

Utah is home to a number of fantastic photography backdrops, none more gorgeous than Zion National Park. The park boasts majestic red cliffs, cascading waterfalls, running rivers, and more. Best of all, Zion is beautiful at any time of the year, making it a destination that you can visit at any time and still get amazing pictures.

The Hawaiian Islands

While it may take a bit of time and effort to get there, the Hawaiian islands will not disappoint if you are looking to craft your photography trade. This island chain has it all. Lush green scapes, mountain ranges, swaying palm trees, and miles of coastline just waiting to be discovered. You may even catch a volcano or a massive waterfall with your lens.

New England in the Fall

If you want to capture something truly spectacular, be sure to put a trip to New England in the fall on your bucket list. Reports of the dazzling display of fall foliage have not been exaggerated. You may need to have a bit of flexibility with your travels since the foliage peaks at different times each year. This is a great road trip idea, making your way through Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts for the best leaf-peeping opportunities.

Lake Claiborne State Park

Deep in the heart of the bayou, you will find Lake Claiborne State Park. This Louisiana gem offers a cornucopia of natural beauty around every corner. The lake provides the setting for some of the best pictures you may ever take. The wooded environs also feature a variety of different landscapes to add some variety to your pictures.

White Sands National Park

Located in southern New Mexico just outside of the town of Alamogordo, White Sands National Park is a treasure trove of dramatic landscapes. The star of the show is undoubtedly the white sand dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see. The park is home to the world’s largest gypsum sand dune. The best time to visit White Sands National Park is in the spring or the fall when temperatures are more moderate.

Oregon Coast

America has no shortage of spectacular coastline to choose from when looking to take photos. The Oregon Coast is distinguished by its towering cliffs, rugged coastline, and misty mornings. You may also have the opportunity to capture nature’s fury in the form of lightning storms that seemingly roll in from nowhere to light up the sky. Cannon Beach is particularly pretty with its iconic Haystack Rock.

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is another desert setting, delivering brilliant mountains, sand dunes, and more. About the only thing you will not find there are large bodies of water. The deserted landscape features an abundance of great opportunities to take pictures of the celestial night sky. Because of the extreme heat in the summer, Death Valley is best visited during the winter months.

Big Sur and Carmel

For another beautiful coastline experience, be sure to check out Big Sur and Carmel on the California coast. Visiting during the summer months will provide the best weather and the clearest skies. The rocks jutting out of the Pacific Ocean will thrill every photographer.

Miami, Florida

The unique art deco architecture of Miami Beach provides a colorful backdrop for your photography. Combine this with the turquoise waters and sandy beaches and it is easy to see why Miami is such a popular destination for travel photographers.

All 10 of these destinations will provide a myriad of interesting subjects and landscapes for all of your travel pictures.