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
    Guyana

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

    Uluru
    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
    Nepal

    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
    Chad

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

    Jerusalem
    Israel

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

    Where to stay: King David Hotel Jerusalem

    Jerusalem City Guide

    Quito
    Ecuador

    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

    Tasmania
    Australia

    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.

    Bhutan

    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

    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
    Madagascar

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

    Angkor
    Cambodia

    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.

    Makkah
    Saudi Arabia

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

    Mogao Caves
    China

    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.

    Tuscany
    Italy

    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
    India

    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.

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    One comment on “25 Best Places in the World to Photograph”

    1. Chris says on January 4, 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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