18 Can't-Miss U.S. Photography Destinations

18 Can't-Miss U.S. Photography Destinations

With the new season comes new photo opportunities; and if you’re anything like us, you don’t plan to let incredible summer weather pass you by! Whether you’re dusting off your hiking boots or your beach chairs this summer, there’s a destination for you on this list of can’t miss U.S. photography destinations.

Remember to bookmark this page so you’re ready to turn your epic photographs into one-of-a-kind artwork as soon as your adventures come to an end.

Cameras at the ready? Here are the photo-worthy U.S. destinations that will make this a summer you’ll never forget!

Anchorage, Alaska

Photographers should visit Anchorage, Alaska for its awe-inspiring natural beauty and diverse landscapes. From the majestic peaks of the Chugach Mountains to the picturesque Turnagain Arm, Anchorage offers endless opportunities for capturing stunning vistas and wildlife photography. The city's unique blend of urban and wilderness settings provides a rich tapestry of subjects, making it a dream destination for photographers seeking to capture the raw beauty of Alaska.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

The unique rock formations of Antelope Valley, Arizona has made it a popular destination for photographs across the country. The canyon's stunning light beams and intricate sandstone patterns offer endless possibilities to the visual artist. 

After exploring the valley, head to the nearby Horseshoe Bend, where you'll enjoy a priceless overlook of the Colorado River; in short, it's every nature photographer's dream!

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Rugged rock formations, layered cliffs, and dramatic canyons make Badlands National Park a can't miss spot if you're hungry for adventure. Try to catch golden hour in the Badlands for a chance to capture the desert landscape aglow.

Big Sur, California

Daunting cliffs, turquoise waters, and the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge characterize the beautiful photographs you'll be able to capture in Big Sur, California. The region's dramatic sunsets and foggy mornings add an ethereal and dreamlike quality to the scenery here, making Big Sur a must-visit destination for photographers hoping to experience the magic of the west coast.

The Catskills, New York

From lakes and waterfalls to quaint main streets and rural farmlands, there's not much you can't find in the Catskills region of Upstate New York. Less than three hours from New York City, it's the perfect destination for day-tripping photographers looking for respite from the bustling city streets.

Charleston, South Carolina

Enchanting architecture and stunning waterfronts earn Charleston a spot on our list. The city's well-preserved historic district boasts cobblestone streets, colorful row houses, and iconic landmarks such as Rainbow Row and the Battery, providing endless opportunities for capturing unique and charming images. Charleston's picturesque beaches, scenic gardens, and blooming azaleas further add to the city's visual appeal, making it a haven for photographers seeking to capture beauty along the east coast.

Crater Lake, Oregon

Formed by the fall of a volcano, Crater Lake is a truly one-of-a-kind destination. Its still waters and surrounding cliffs add mesmerizing detail to any photograph taken of the location. The hard part is taking a photo that captures just how impressive the sight was in person - and we think you're up for the challenge.

Denali National Park, Alaska

If you're looking for a travel destination that's truly larger than life, look no further than Denali National Park.  Home to grizzly bears, wolves, caribou and the iconic Denali mountain, it's every nature lovers dream. But make sure you come prepared!

Kauai, Hawaii

This U.S. destination truly needs no introduction. Its luscious landscapes, distinctive geological formations, sensational coastlines and rich culture makes it a must-see for anyone seeking a lifechanging summer adventure. We say: DO go chasing waterfalls!

Kennebunkport, Maine

If you have a soft spot for quaint, charming, coastal towns, Kennebunkport is the place for you.  With its sailboat sprinkled shorts and foggy coastlines, it delivers countless stunning photo opportunities, all within walking distance. Catch it early on a rainy morning or in the middle of a bustling sunny day, depending on your preferred photo style!

Mount Rainier, Washington

If you're looking to experience the PNWonderland during its prime months, don't leave Mount Rainier off your list. Filled with rolling meadows and other-worldly landscapes, it would be hard to find a part of this national park that's not worth photographing. Capture the stunning flower fields while keeping your eyes peeled for the parks range of wildlife species, including black bears, foxes, deer, and mountain lions.

Nantucket, Massachusetts

If you're spending your summer months in the New England area, Nantucket is a vibrant and colorful escape from the hustle bustle of Boston suburbs. Characterized by basket bikes and purple hydrangeas, this quaint coastal island begs to be romanticized through the lens.

New York City, New York

While New York City is photo-worthy during any season, its warm summer weather makes it all the more walkable. Without holiday crowds you can make the most of its natural beauty, while still enjoying popular tourist attractions. Take a ride on the NYC ferry, visit the iconic locations of Central Park, and head over to Dumbo, Brooklyn for a look at the Manhattan skyline.

Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Old Orchard Beach's iconic Pier and boardwalk create a classic New England backdrop for nature and street photography alike. If you own a film camera, make sure it comes along with you. The boardwalk's color scheme and carnival decor give it a charming dated appearance that's all the more mesmerizing on film.

The Outer Banks, North Carolina

Outer Banks, North Carolina is known for its laid back atmosphere, making it a can't-miss summer coastal town. Enjoy a long walk along its stunning coastline as you snap some quintessential summer photographs - that might very well become the wall decor of summers to come!

Pebble Shore Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

There's no confusing a photograph taken at Pebble Shore Lake; the crystal-clear waters and colorful bed of rocks give this destination an unmistakable beauty. With an abundance of wildlife, including bald eagles, moose, and various waterfowl, Pebble Lake provides endless opportunities to capture intimate and captivating wildlife shots in their natural habitat.

Sonoma, California

Sonoma, California is known for its world-class wineries, but the area's scenery is equally as impressive. With stretches of vineyards as far as the eye can see and a magical sunny glow during all hours of the day, it's the perfect destination for a relaxed and enchanting photography weekend.

Yosemite National Park, California

What type of bucket list would this be without a mention of Yosemite National Park? With its incredible rock formations, breathtaking overlooks, and overflow of wildlife, Yosemite is a foolproof destination for an unforgettable summer trip. Catch it during the summer months to enjoy the greatest number of open trails, lodging, shuttles, and attractions.

Bring Your Adventures to Life

When summer inevitably winds to an end, make sure you're prepared to hold onto your favorite memories. Turn casual captures into table top prints or fridge magnets, and save your proudest photographs for large, professional-quality wall displays. Our premium metal artwork gives you the opportunity to tell your best summer stories to all of your guests - or celebrate them privately with the loved ones you adventured with.

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