- June 15, 2021
- 13 min to read
Photo Travel Destinations: 15+1 Places to Visit in the USA
From coast to coast and everywhere in between, The United States is home to some of the most iconic destinations, pristine national parks, and famed attractions.
Here are 15 to add to your bucket list!
1. Niagra Falls
Niagra Falls straddles the border between Canada and the United States and is a famous tourist destination, rich with history and known for its magnificent natural beauty (and waterfall mist, of course).
2. Skydeck Chicago
In Willis Tower’s Skydeck Chicago on the 103rd floor, you’ll see breathtaking views of all the incredible architecture Chicago has to offer. In fact, it’s possible that on a sunny day, you may even see Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, too.
3. The Grand Canyon, Arizona
Join the roughly 6 million or so people every year who come to see Arizona’s Grand Canyon in all its glory. Relish in the unique combinations and geologic color that make the canyon what it is — 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep.
4. Statue of Liberty, New York City
Venture to Liberty Harbor in New York City to see the colossal 305 feet (from ground level to torch) copper sculpture and the famous lines by poet Emma Lazarus, inscribed on a plaque at its base that read, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
5. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
The big red (or, international orange) Golden Gate Bridge is one of America’s most iconic landmarks. Grab a coffee and snack at the Warming Hut, lace up your walking shoes, and make the short trek across one of the world’s most beautiful bridges.
6. California’s Highway One
Begin south in San Diego, and take a classic American road trip north through Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Carmel and San Francisco. Hug the coast, roll down your windows, feel the sea breeze, and soak in that sweet California sunshine.
7. Glacier National Park, Montana
Located in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, Glacier National Park is a photographer’s dreamland. You’ll find glacier-carved peaks, valleys, 700 miles of hiking trails and places for backpacking and camping.
8. Times Square, New York City
Known as the place where the ball drops on New Year’s Eve in New York, Times Square is a commercial intersection and heart of the entertainment industry in Manhattan. You’ll find it lit up with billboards, lights and lots of people (it’s said that 50 million, in fact, visit it every year).
9. Crater Lake National Park, Southern Oregon
Located in Southern Oregon, Crater Lake is the state’s only national park. In the winter, you’ll find snow covering the lake and the green trees of the Pacific Northwest — and the park will look like something out of a winter wonderland fairy tale. When the warm weather comes, it’s just as spectacular.
10. Las Vegas
One of the most talked about strips of road in America — there’s a reason they say, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Expect visuals of bright lights, casinos, crowds and tons of bars. You’re bound to find lots of entertainment and characters — it’s Vegas, after all.
11. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Travel to the Big Island of Hawaii to see active volcanoes — Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. See the red lava glow, the “baked” black stone and inspire the geologist inside (just make sure to bring your camera).
12. The Everglades, Florida
Visit the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States - the Everglades - 1.5 million acre wetland in Florida. It’s made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes, pine flatwoods and is home to abundant wildlife — like the manatee, the American crocodile, and the Florida panther.
13. The French Quarter, New Orleans
From restaurants rich with history to one-of-a-kind nightlife to its renowned classic charm, The French Quarter in New Orleans abounds with opportunities for colorful photo captures (and lively entertainment).
14. The Empire State Building, New York City
The world famous Empire State Building offers a spectacular view of New York City — and it’s open 365 days a year. Catch the sunrise or the sunset or for the event of a lifetime — snag a ticket to see the fireworks on the 4th of July from the 86th floor open-air Observatory.
15. The Overseas Highway, Florida
The Overseas Highway is 113 miles of highway that leads its travelers through the Florida Keys, with teal waters stretching out all around them. It’s often referred to as “The Highway that Goes to Sea” or “The Magic Carpet,” and is one of the most scenic and incredible drives in all of America.
16. The White House, Washington DC
In Washington DC, you’ll find the iconic white home of the presidents past and present, the place of residence for every United States president since John Adams in 1800. Stand outside, snap a photo or two, and be amongst the high energy of many tourists with the same idea!
Though there seem to be an infinite amount of places to explore in the United States, use this list as your starting point to get out, explore and create!
From all of us at Photolemur, happy travels.