Jackson Hole, Wyoming
This valley sits between two of the most stunning geological features on earth: Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton mountains, which rise some 7000 feet above the valley floor. Jackson is often used as a place to rest when travelling between the two, but the winding Snake River, local elk refuges and views of glaciers make Jackson well worth a longer stay.
Puget Sound, Washington state
OK, it might be cheating to include a large body of water like this, but you could easily spend a week, let alone a lifetime, documenting Puget’s coastline, numerous islands and marine life. To experience something truly special, book one of the local whale-watching trips. Just make sure you pack a long lens!
Zion National Park, Utah
Are you seeing a trend here? The American southwest is for landscapes what the Sistine Chapel is for paintings. Tip: book one of the many horse-riding trips on offer in the park. These 2- and 3-hour excursions get you off the beaten track, and while you can’t really bring a tripod, there is often time to stop and take pictures.
Chicago is famous for the Sears Tower, harsh winters and Al Capone, but for street photographers it’s an ideal location, perhaps even more so than New York. Visit during summer and take your camera down to the lakefront where the city congregates to escape the humidity.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
This is the most visited and photographed slot canyon in the American southwest for a reason: the bright red sandstone and seemingly flowing rocks is breath-taking to behold. Be warned, though, that photography within the canyon is difficult due to the wide exposure range (often 10 EV or more) made by light reflecting off its walls.
White Sands, New Mexico
This stunning area of desert looks like no other place on Earth. In fact, it looks so much like the moon it’s rumoured to be the location where Stanley Kubrick filmed a faux moon landing for the US government… if you believe that sort of stuff.
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