One of the best reasons to go on vacation is to take some beautiful pictures that you can bring back with you. Taking photos while on vacation helps you document what you did and where you went for later generations. John Steinbeck once said that people “don’t go just to go but to tell stories about it afterward.” This Skycap News™ update will focus on Great Places to Visit in the USA for Photographers.
Capturing Photo-Friendly USA
In today’s modern age of technology, many of us regularly share photos taken with cell phones. These shots can be reviewed and immediately uploaded to the preferred social media account. Uploaded images can then be easily shared with family and friends throughout the world via Facebook, Instagram, and others. The near real-time photo albums are quite a departure from days gone by where one had to wait for rolls of vacation film to be developed.
Luckily, we can now instantly see how our photos are going to look and retake if necessary. Much better than waiting for your developed film only to find out something went wrong. Once that happens, there is little to no chance of recapturing the original moment even for the best photographer!
For those of you fortunate enough to have kept original vacation photos please refer to a previous Skycap News article entitled; What to Do with Your Old Vacation Photographs. This well-received article will assist you with several potential options to properly archive those once-in-a-lifetime vacation moments.
Whether you take a camera with you or not, no doubt you’ll want to know where to get the best photo opportunities with your cell phone or other devices when you travel. So below we’ve included some of the best and most picturesque locations to visit when traveling the U.S.
#1: Destin and Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Is there anything more beautiful than the Emerald Coast of the Gulf of Mexico? Located on the Florida coast, you can reach the Emerald Coast of Florida within a 600-mile drive from Northern Arkansas or Southeast Missouri. The Emerald Coast area includes the towns of Destin, San Destin, Ft. Walton, and other areas such as Miramar Beach, Florida. It is one of the most beautiful areas of the Florida coastline due to the dark green waters that turn a multi-colored bejeweled color when the sun hits the water.
#2: The Great Smoky Mountains
Another gorgeous photo opportunity is the area of the Great Smoky Mountains. Nestled in the Tennessee River Valley and reaching all the way to North Carolina and beyond, you will have plenty of opportunities to take winning photographs of the mountains that spread out over a range of over 2,000 miles. You can see the Smokies in Tennessee and then follow the road to North Carolina where you’ll find a plethora of waterfalls, foliage, and nature that you’ll want to capture and keep.
#3: The Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas
People come from miles around to see a natural beauty that is The Ozarks. Visitors from as far as New York, Chicago, and other areas visit Arkansas and Tennessee to see the rolling hills and mountains of the Ozark area. Take a drive north to Missouri to enjoy even more beautiful scenery that you can capture on video or in pictures. What a great photographic opportunity!
#4: The Rocky Mountains of Estes Park and Aspen, Colorado
The Great Rocky Mountains and Rocky Mountain National Park hold a splendor that is unlike anything else in the United States. For unique and beautiful photo opportunities, you cannot beat the majestic beauty of the Rockies. You can start with Estes Park and visit nearby Aspen, as well. From the snowcapped Rocky Mountains to the Thompson River and the Aspen trees, you’ll see something worth seeing and photographing!
#5: Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs is a beautiful place to visit while in Colorado. It is home to many attractions, one of which is the Garden of the Gods. This unique and picturesque area is filled with strange and wonderful rock formations, such as “Balanced Rock” and “The Natural Bridge,” to name a few. There is a lot to see in this beautiful area and you’ll want to take several cameras when visiting this area. Look for the unique formations that look like they are barely hanging on. It’s a bit scary sometimes and when I was there, I saw one that looked just like E.T. Well, sort of!
There are plenty of photo opportunities that you can engage in when you visit these unique locations. Whether you live in the mid-south region where you could drive to any of these destinations or if you have to fly to get there, you’ll see when you get there that it was definitely worth the trouble. All of these areas are served by regular national and/or regional airport services.
While you are visiting one of these unique and beautiful areas, you’ll also find plenty of places to dine, shop, and just hang out. Recover from your normal life and breathe in the fresh air, go fishing aboard a fishing charter in Destin or Ft. Walton Beach, or head west to climb Mount Sopris. No matter what your pleasure, if you love the great outdoors, any of these locations are great to visit for some of the best photo opportunities in the U.S. Sure, there are many more places that we’ll talk about in a later post. But these photography travel tips and destinations are a great place to start.
Check out some of our links to learn more about these amazing locations across the country. It can save you money while letting you enjoy your vacation on a much higher level. Getting away from it all is one of the most wonderful things about a vacation destination. And don’t forget, with all of those pictures you will take during your Great Places to Visit in the USA for Photographers vacation, you’ll want to come back and share. Feel free to send some of your photos to us for possible publication. Who knows, your next trip just might wind up on the internet for the whole world to see!