This blog post was updated on August 27, 2021.
Traveling was made for sightseeing, living in the moment, and embarking on adventures, but sometimes the most important part of your trip can be the photographs you take with you to memorialize all of your amazing experiences. You don’t have to be a camera connoisseur to enjoy snapping pics of these sought-after locations, but true professionals will find that they have much inspiration to work with. Whether you’re a proficient photographer, are still learning how to use your phone’s camera (no judgment), or lie somewhere in between, these six photogenic destinations are picture-perfect!
Moraine Lake, Canada
With nine miles of crystal-clear, turquoise waters and colorful canoes, your Moraine Lake photos will look like they’re straight out of a postcard. For all of you outdoorsy folk, there’s tons to do there. After you take in a deep breath of the fresh mountain air, you can hike, swim, canoe, and much more. To get the most out of your experience, take cheap flights in June, which is its peak season. But if you decide to go during the winter, you’ll find plenty of places to ski. Plus, if you head to the top of the vista in the Rockpile Trail, you’ll even get to see the “Twenty Dollar View”, which is the scene shown on the back of the Canadian twenty-dollar bill. If you want phenomenal nature pictures or just snapshots of you and your friends canoeing, this is the place to be.
Another outstanding outdoor oasis and another one of the most photogenic destinations is Etretat in Normandy, France. This breathtaking town is home to an 18-hole golf course and stunning gardens for you to stroll through, like the scenic Jardins d’Etretat. Surrounded by white cliffs, you’ll see the illustrious Aiguille, a needle-like sculpture that is sure to impress your followers. Then, you can head over to the Aval arch which was famously painted by Monet. And when the day is slowly coming to an end, don’t miss the scenic sunset over the seafront cliffs. Trust us, your camera will love it.
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Petra, otherwise known as the Red Rose City, dates back all the way to the Nabatean Empire circa 1st century BC but may have been around even before then. And, it was once one of the seven wonders of the world. This beautiful, ancient marvel of a city sits near the red sea town of Aqaba and is filled to the brim with architectural wonders. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the beautiful red sandstone desert of Wadi Rum, tour the Shobak Castle, and roam the Dana Biosphere Reserve.
Clearly, this Game of Thrones-esque locale is any history buff’s dream. To learn even more about its history and culture, visit the Jordan Museum in Petra to get your educational fix. There is no shortage of treasuries, catacombs, and theaters for you to discover. You should also head to Petra Archaeological Park in Wadi Husa, which is set against the backdrop of bright, pink mountains. In all, Petra certainly makes for a unique photographic experience. After all, how many other travelers can say that they’ve taken photos of such ancient architecture?
Tekapo, New Zealand
Your love of photography and space will merge when you visit Tekapo. While gorgeous during the day, of course, the stars against the night sky will truly light up your camera roll. Lake Tekapo faces the bright, blue lakes of the Mountain Aldis and is also part of the UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve. The white-rock flour seeps into the lake’s waters, creating a beautiful pearly shade of blue. A fun fact about Tekapo is that it’s home to “Middle Earth”, otherwise known as the setting for The Lord of the Rings. After you finish getting the scenic photos you need, hop on the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour for an experience of a lifetime.
In this charming village of Hallstatt, Austria, you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into a storybook. With jewel-colored 16th-century architecture, ivied flower boxes sitting in window sills, and cobblestone streets lined with quaint cafes, you’ll truly feel like you’re in a fairy tale. And, even though you’re in a bustling town, you’ll also feel a sense of serenity and privacy that few European cities offer, especially with the views of the Austrian Alps. You’re also not far from Salzburg, so you can make the most out of your trip to Austria by exploring nearby cities.
Halstatt is also known for having the oldest staircase in Europe by its salt mines and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. Snap photos of the snow-capped cottages in the winner, or the sunny lake during the summer. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, whether you’re interested in taking photos of cute cottages, cafes, or the flocks of swans that were imported by the Austrian Empress Sisi in the 1860s.
Looking for more of a city feel? Head on over to the one and only Singapore. In addition to tons of activities and places to explore, there is no shortage of amazing photo ops, whether you’re looking for street photography, nature pics, or architecture. You can stroll the colorful streets of Kampong, the dazzling island of Pulau Ubin, the Singapore Botanic Garden, or even the Jewel Changi Airport! Yes, even Singapore’s airport has sights to see (and photograph), as it’s rated one of the best airports in the world. Basically, no matter which road you turn down in Singapore, you’re bound to find something amazing to photograph. Just keep in mind that you may not be able to photograph the temples and churches there.
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