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.
Some of the most extraordinary natural events in the world take place in both Serengeti National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve.
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
Forget the Grand Canyon. Mexico’s Copper Canyon is deeper and larger (in parts) and lures way less tourists.
Northland New Zealand is full of surprises, most notably on the awesome Aupouri Peninsula.
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
The air is thin but every photograph is a keeper on Lake Titicaca.
Where to stay: Casa Grande Hotel La Paz
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
The lofty capital of Ecuador became the first UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site in 1978.
Where to stay: JW Marriott Hotel Quito
From Southwest National Park to Mole Creek Karst National Park, the Tasmanian Wilderness is peerless.
Where to stay: Islington Hotel Hobart
Gros Morne National Park
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
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
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.
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.
Only Muslims can visit the holy city of Makkah (Mecca), where scenes of the Hajj boggle the mind.
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
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
The world’s oldest and most voluminous lake contains 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface freshwater. More importantly, the Siberian scenery is magnificent.