The United States is filled with a wide variety of differing climates and geography that present plenty of possibilities for landscape photographers. While it’s possible to create amazing landscape photos without leaving your local area, some places in the country offer views and scenery that you can’t get elsewhere. In this post we’ll take a look at 15 of the most iconic locations for landscapes within the U.S.
Yosemite National Park
Photo by Giuseppe Milo / CC BY 3.0
Yosemite is a favorite of many landscape photographers and there are plenty of iconic photographs of Yosemite, including those from Ansel Adams. Located in norther California, Yosemite National Park is accessible from San Francisco and San Jose, and is also reasonably close to another location that will be mentioned later, Death Valley National Park. Commonly photographer subjects include half dome (a 4,700 foot tall granite rock formation), El Capitan (a 3,000 foot granite monolith), and Yosemite Falls (the highest waterfall in the United States). Tunnel view, a scenic overlook within the park, is an extremely popular place from which to photograph.
Opportunities for beautiful landscape photos exist throughout the park, although the majority of the parks visitors stay near the main attractions and Yosemite Village. There are plenty of hiking trails that will help you to get away from the crowds and find some unique scenes, subjects, and vantage points.