Are you passionate about photography? Then break out the cameras and add these can’t-miss destinations to your photographic bucket list.
1. Cinque Terre, Italy
Hiking along the Italian Riviera, you might stumble across colorful villages perched along the cliff. This should be on every photographer’s itinerary.
2. The Milky Way
Escape light pollution in the big city and visit one of the 20 official “International Dark Sky Places.” Be sure to bring a camera with a high ISO setting and a sturdy tripod.
3. Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut
Forget the Rockies. Auyuittuq in the northern Canadian territory of Nunavut has towering mountains, deep fjords, and expansive ice fields. There’s nothing else quite like it.
4. Coral Triangle
If underwater photography is your thing, no place is better than this patch of ocean in the South Pacific near Malaysia and Indonesia. At least 500 species of corals grow there, earning it the label “Amazon of the sea.”
5. Marrakech, Morocco
It’s one of the most photographed cities in the world for a reason. Visit the old town to photograph the winding alleys and the vendors.
6. The Grand Canyon
Sure, there are lots of photos of it out there, but it takes real skill to make your shots as stunning as the real thing. Book a photography workshop when you’re visiting! If you want to be around fewer tourists, visit Mexico’s Copper Canyon.
7. St. Petersburg, Russia
Looking to photograph some architecture? St. Petersburg will make you salivate. And if the baroque and neo-classical palaces don’t win you over, the canals will. Eat your heart out, Venice.
8. The Northern Lights
Anywhere above 65 degrees latitude is within the “aurora belt,” making Alaska, Siberia, Northern Canada, Finland, and the Scottish highlands hotspots for a light show. March and October are usually the best months to visit.
9. Pantanal, Brazil
Sprawling over some 70,000 square miles, Pantanal is one of the largest wetlands in the world. Over 3500 known plant species thrive there, giving your inner botanist lots of photo ops.
10. Southern Alps, New Zealand
With 16 peaks over 9800 feet and over 3000 glaciers the size of a football field, these mountains on New Zealand’s south island give the European Alps a run for their money.
11. New York City’s skyline
It’s a photography cliché, but it’s also the most iconic skyline in the world. Dare to make your take feel different.
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