The world is a beautiful place. With all of the beautiful destinations around the world, there are many phenomenal spots for photography. With the advent of Instagram and other social media apps that created these previously unknown places popular, there are still many beautiful locations to discover. The 2020 pandemic has really curbed international travel for the most part. But now that we are all stuck in our own home countries, we can really discover the beauty of where we live.
The USA has an amazing array of outdoor opportunities that can provide many different opportunities for glorious shots. With all of the opportunities for traveling in your own backyard and around the states, there are endless places to take in the beauty of the outdoors.
Where to Go
As the USA boasts a wide variety of landscapes, it makes it a country filled with beauty. Take away the politics and run away from the pandemic to find these glorious, ideal locations for photography. Don’t forget to bring your mask and stay mindful of keeping your distance from others. It is also important to look up any regulations around closures and areas that are off-limits due to the pandemic. Listed here are several beautiful places for honing in on your photography skills:
The Grand Canyon
This is the most beautiful photography spot in the United States. Whether you stay among the masses who visit the South Rim every year or if you go against the norm to visit the North Rim, you’ll find beautiful shots all along the way. You can choose to hike down into the canyon during the season (be mindful that you may need a guide and need tons of water and preparation before you embark on this journey) or you can visit the top at any time of the year. Visiting some of the outer portions of the Grand Canyon will give you the opportunity to take unique pictures in locations that aren’t nearly as popular or crowded as what you’ll see at the South Rim.
Glacier National Park
Another beauty is in the northern part of Montana, running over into the Canadian border. This is Glacier National Park. This is a place of unfounded beauty and a beautiful photography location where you can run into all sorts of wildlife on a short hike in the park. A longer hike may also lead you to see grizzlies as well as many other animals like moose, mountain goats, and more. It is important to remember to follow the instructions by park rangers, bring bear spray, and to be careful during these longer hikes in the park.
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If you want to really perfect your photography skills, then you can go to one of the most iconic places in the US. Yosemite offers beautiful views and rolling landscapes. You can take amazing photos while climbing the backside of Half Dome and find many great shots along the way.
Yellowstone National Park
If you can find a time to beat the crowds of Yellowstone (avoid summer at all costs) then you’ll be surprised at the unfounded beauty of the geysers and all of their magnificent colors that stand out in your photos. Don’t miss the Grand Prismatic Overlook or Old Faithful. For more unique photos, you can hit up the northeastern part of the park in order to see a different view and encounter TONS of wildlife.
A formerly unknown national park in the US has seen a boom in tourism thanks to Instagram and the pandemic. Joshua Tree is a phenomenal place to visit in the winter as well as off-season where it isn’t as hot as the summer (it is a desert…) Joshua Tree offers magnificent and creative photo opportunities for those seeking something different and unique.
If you are seeking something that has not yet reached an Instagram status, then you can apply for a permit and tour Paria Canyon. It lies on the Utah/Arizona border and features the longest slot canyon in the world. Check weather conditions and talk with the rangers before embarking on your journey in the canyon as flash floods can occur and are very dangerous.
As you can see, there are numerous glorious places in the United States that offer ideal photography opportunities. When we look at the positive side of 2020, we can see that there is a lot to offer in our countries and now we have the time and space to go check it out! Be mindful of where you go and stay healthy.