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25 Best Places in the World to Photograph

The most spectacular places to photograph on the planet often involve a logistical hurdle or two. Think the Himalayas, Andes, Antarctica, the Arctic, Amazon and Sahara. This top 25 definitely includes the remote and hostile but, happily, a few accessible gems for good measure.

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The Serengeti
Tanzania, Kenya

Some of the most extraordinary natural events in the world take place in both Serengeti National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Kaieteur Falls

Kaieteur Falls is a scenic wonder in wild and exotic Guyana that, unlike Iguazú, Victoria and Niagara, has been untrammeled by human activity.

Northern Territory, Australia

The monolith of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is the foremost symbol of Australia.

Where to stay: Longitude 131 Lodge Ayers Rock

Uluru Guide

Copper Canyon
Chihuahua, Mexico

Forget the Grand Canyon. Mexico’s Copper Canyon is deeper and larger (in parts) and lures way less tourists.

Aupouri Peninsula
New Zealand

Northland New Zealand is full of surprises, most notably on the awesome Aupouri Peninsula.

Auckland City Guide

Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha is Sanskrit for “sky head” and is the Nepali name for the rooftop of the world – Mount Everest.

Where to stay: Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu

Kathmandu City Guide

Lake Titicaca
Peru, Bolivia

The air is thin but every photograph is a keeper on Lake Titicaca.

Where to stay: Casa Grande Hotel La Paz

La Paz City Guide

Lakes of Ounianga

The UNESCO World Heritage Lakes of Ounianga form a brilliant oasis in the Sahara desert of Chad.


Three faiths and multiple cultures converge in the capital of Israel.

Where to stay: King David Hotel Jerusalem

Jerusalem City Guide


The lofty capital of Ecuador became the first UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site in 1978.

Where to stay: JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Quito City Guide


From Southwest National Park to Mole Creek Karst National Park, the Tasmanian Wilderness is peerless.

Where to stay: Islington Hotel Hobart

Hobart City Guide

Gros Morne National Park
Newfoundland, Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador is a bona fide last frontier. Gros Morne National Park is just as stupendous as Banff but much more serene.


The Kingdom of Bhutan practices Gross National Happiness and makes shutterbugs smile.

Central Range of New Guinea

The continent island of New Guinea is home to 1,000 languages and almost as many landscapes.

Gunung Mulu National Park

Borneo elicits similar gasps of wonder, most notably from the confines of Gunung Mulu National Park.

Where to stay: Miri Marriott Resort & Spa

Malaysia Sarawak Guide

Alley of the Baobabs

The majestic Alley of the Baobabs is a classic Madagascar shot that is one for the bucket list.


While not off the mainstream circuit by a long shot, Angkor is still a must.

Where to stay: Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor Siem Reap

Siem Reap City Guide

Auyuittuq National Park
Cumberland Peninsula, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

It may cost a mint to fly to tiny Iqaluit but the capital of enigmatic Nunavut is a portal to a different world.

Atacama Desert
Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina

From a desert of ice and stone to the most arid desert of all, the Atacama, where the photo ops tilt to the surreal.

Saudi Arabia

Only Muslims can visit the holy city of Makkah (Mecca), where scenes of the Hajj boggle the mind.

Mogao Caves

Silk Road, Western China provides some of the most unusual and indelible photo ops in the vast country, with the UNESCO World Heritage Mogao Caves a prime example.


Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa. Any questions?

Where to stay: Four Seasons Hotel Florence

Florence City Guide

The Namib
Namibia, Angola, South Africa

The Namib is a 2,000 km-long coastal desert that spans Namibia, Angola, South Africa. Namib-Naukluft National Park is where photogs gather for money shots.

The Western Ghats

The Western Ghats are older than the Himalayas and host remarkable biodiversity.

Where to stay: Taj Savoy Hotel Ooty

Ooty City Guide

Lake Baikal
Siberia, Russia

The world’s oldest and most voluminous lake contains 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface freshwater. More importantly, the Siberian scenery is magnificent.

One Comment for "25 Best Places in the World to Photograph"

Chris says on January 4th, 2013 at 4:26 pm:

My personal top 3, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Uluru in Australia, Gunung mulu in Borneo Malaysia…


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